Barbed Wire Kisses

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Barbed Wire Kisses
Compilation album by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Released 18 April 1988
Recorded 1984-1987
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:20
Label Blanco y Negro
Warner Bros.
Producer John Loder
Jim Reid
William Reid
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
Darklands
(1987)
Barbed Wire Kisses
(1988)
Automatic
(1989)
Singles from Barbed Wire Kisses
  1. "Sidewalking"
    Released: March 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Barbed Wire Kisses (B-Sides and More) is a compilation of singles, b-sides and rare tracks by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. Throughout the 1980s the band was known for their prodigious output in these formats, often in limited editions which quickly went out of print. This album collects many of those releases spanning the band's career up to that point.

The band's cover of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" was used on the soundtrack to the 1988 film Earth Girls Are Easy. "Mushroom" is a cover of a Can song. "Sidewalking" was voted one of the best singles of 1988 by Musician magazine.

The title comes from a line in the song "Cherry Came Too" from the Darklands album.

This album was not included in the 2006 remasterings of the JAMC back catalog. All tracks from this compilation, except for "Mushroom" and "Just Out of Reach" (which appears in a rerecorded form on Barbed Wire Kisses.) are now included on The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jim Reid and William Reid, except where noted.

LP (BYN 15) and Cassette (BYNC 15)

Side 1

  1. "Kill Surf City" – 3:09 7
  2. "Head" – 3:48 3
  3. "Rider" – 2:10 6
  4. "Hit" – 3:26 4
  5. "Don't Ever Change" – 3:30 5
  6. "Just Out of Reach" – 3:04 2
  7. "Happy Place" – 2:22 8
  8. "Psycho Candy" – 2:52 4

Side 2

  1. "Sidewalking" – 3:32 9
  2. "Who Do you Love?" (Bo Diddley) – 4:03 7
  3. "Surfin' U.S.A." (Chuck Berry, Brian Wilson) – 2:57 6
  4. "Everything's Alright When You're Down" – 2:37 8
  5. "Upside Down" – 2:57 1
  6. "Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" – 1:58 10
  7. "Swing" – 2:23 5
  8. "On The Wall (Demo)" - 4:46 6
CD (BYNC 15)
  1. "Kill Surf City" – 3:09 7
  2. "Head" – 3:48 3
  3. "Rider" – 2:10 6
  4. "Hit" – 3:26 4
  5. "Don't Ever Change" – 3:30 5
  6. "Just Out of Reach" – 3:04 11
  7. "Happy Place" – 2:22 8
  8. "Psycho Candy" – 2:52 4
  9. "Sidewalking" – 3:32 9
  10. "Who Do You Love?" (Diddley) – 4:03 7
  11. "Surfin' U.S.A." (Berry, Wilson) – 2:57 6
  12. "Everything's Alright When You're Down" – 2:37 8
  13. "Upside Down" – 2:57 1
  14. "Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" – 1:58 10
  15. "Swing" – 2:23 5
  16. "On the Wall (Demo)" – 4:46 6
  17. "Cracked" – 3:43 3
  18. "Here It Comes Again" – 2:31 6
  19. "Mushroom (Live 1986)" (Can) – 3:16 7
  20. "Bo Diddley Is Jesus" – 3:16 7

A noisy instrumental included on the same track as "On the Wall" is unlisted on the album sleeve, but is now known to be called "F. Hole." "F. Hole" is a separate track on the 2008 compilation The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities.

Original releases[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Jesus and Mary Chain[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 UK Albums Chart 9

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