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Barbed Wire Kisses
Jesus & Mary Chain
Barbed Wire Kisses
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
 
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1988 collection of B-sides, outtakes & rarities by Scottishbrothers Jim & William Reid's feedback-loving post-moderngroup. No longer available in the U.S., 'Barbed Wire Kisses(B-Sides And More)' contains 20 tracks, includi...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jesus & Mary Chain
Title: Barbed Wire Kisses
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk, Europe, British Isles
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 022924233128, 075992572927, 075992572941, 766485060426

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1988 collection of B-sides, outtakes & rarities by Scottishbrothers Jim & William Reid's feedback-loving post-moderngroup. No longer available in the U.S., 'Barbed Wire Kisses(B-Sides And More)' contains 20 tracks, including thesingles 'Sidewalking' & their cover of 'Surfin' USA', plusthe anti-surf theme 'Kill Surf City'. The full title is'Barbed Wire Kisses (B-Sides And More)'. A Blanco Y NegroRecords release.

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CD Reviews

Huh?
The Slumlord | The melo-drama of the OC | 12/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you listen to Jimmy Eats World, your opinion on music is invalid. Enough Said."
More than B sides
P. Zane | New Jersey, USA | 05/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Psychocandy is the album that defined the Jesus and Mary Chain. It was unfortunate that they turned down the distortion petals and created Darklands.

Where does that leave Barbed Wire Kisses, you ask. After all, this review is about Barbed Wire Kisses. Barbed Wire Kisses is a mixed bag of B sides, out-takes, alternate versions and singles only songs. Somehow, this mix blends well, and only in a couple of spots on the album feel disjointed. That said, this album ranks up there with Psychocandy. In fact, I like it more than Psychocandy.

As far as the songs on this album, there is a range from sinister to silly (read 'not serious')... with the covers of Who Do You Love and Surfin' USA being the poles. Who Do You Love is worth the price of the album, a slow and evil nod to Bo Diddley and cooler than George Thorogood's version. 'Kill Surf City', 'Hit', 'Just Out of Reach', 'Cracked' represent the dark side. 'Upside Down' has the distiction of being the greatest distortion-filled sonic assault the Jesus and Mary Chain ever did. It makes the Psychcandy album sound "nice" in comparison. The album is balanced by lighter fare such as 'Psycho Candy' and the acoustic version of 'Taste of Cindy'. And then there are the tunes that are just cool, like a pair of pitch black shades... 'Sidewalking' and 'Bo Diddley is Jesus'.

If anything doesn't work on the album it is the Darklands outtakes and the porta-studio demo 'On the Wall'. They sound out of place.

All in all, this album is one of my Desert Island albums. If I ever have to be a castaway, I better have this with me!

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JAMC take u to hell n back...
Tom Museth | Melbourne, Australia | 01/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Some albums effortlessly morph from being mere musical platters to representing whole chunks of your life. Barbed Wire Kisses, apart from opening my eyes to the JAMC phenomenon, represented 1992 in its entirety for me. (Yeah, I clued on four years after its release.)
Aside from the fact that BWK contains some of the band's best material, as well as their trippiest, oddest, eeriest and rockin'est (Sidewalking is the aural definition of cool), this album should be purchased by every single human being soley for Cracked. Without a doubt, this is the most terrifying song that was ever created. I see Hades every time I hear it. Nuff said."