Jesus & Mary Chain Unveil Rarities Box Set

Four disc set includes demos and unheard songs

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The Jesus & Mary Chain have revealed details of their forthcoming rarities box set.

Due out September 30, The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities features 19 of the 20 tracks from the 1988 compilation Barbed Wire Kisses, along a cassette-sourced 1983 recording of “Up Too High” and a host of previously unreleased tracks, demos, and alternate versions.

The four-discs, presented in chronological order, features the “Psychocandy”-era “Walk and Crawl”, alternate versions of “Never Understand” and “Coast to Coast,” as well as demos of “My Little Underground,” “The Living End” and “Dirty Water” and the never-before-heard “Till I Found You”.


The pluch packaging for “Negative Thinking” is a 6-by-10 gatefold shell and includes an 18-by-24 double-sided poster of the Jesus & Mary Chain family tree.

Meanwhile, the band have been working on their first new album for a decade. After reuniting for the Coachella festival last year Jim and William Reid told reporters they planned to make a new record, but as yet no further details have come to light.

Tracklisitng for Negative Thinking:


Disc one:

“Up Too High”

“Upside Down”

“Vegetable Man”



“Just Out of Reach”

“Boyfriend’s Dead”


“Just Like Honey” (demo, October 1984)


“Taste of Cindy” (acoustic)

“The Hardest Walk”

“Never Understand” (alternate)

“My Little Underground” (demo)

“The Living End” (demo)

“Some Candy Talking”



“Cut Dead” (acoustic)

“You Trip Me Up” (acoustic)

“Walk and Crawl”

Disc two:

“Kill Surf City”

“Bo Diddle Is Jesus”

“Who Do You Love”

“Everything’s Alright When You’re Down”


“Happy When It Rains” (demo)

“Happy Place”

“F. Hole”


“On the Wall” (demo)

“Surfin’ USA” (outtake)

“Here It Comes Again”

“Don’t Ever Change”



“Surfin’ USA” (summer mix)



“Break Me Down”


“My Girl”

Disc three:

“In the Black”

“Terminal Beach”

“Deviant Slice”

“I’m Glad I Never”

“Drop” (acoustic remix)




“Tower of Song”



“Why’d You Want Me”


“Teenage Lust” (acoustic version)

“Reverberation (Doubt)”

“Don’t Come Down”


“Something I Can’t Have”

“Write Record Release Blues”

“Little Red Rooster”

Disc four:

“The Perfect Crime”

“Little Stars”

“Drop” (re-recorded version)

“I’m in With the Out Crowd”

“New York City”

“Taking It Away”

“Ghost of a Smile”

“Alphabet Street”

“Coast to Coast” (alternate take)

“Dirty Water” (alternate take)

“Till I Found You”

“Bleed Me”

“33 1/3”

“Lost Star”

“Hide Myself”


“Easylife, Easylove”




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