Honey's Dead

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Honey's Dead
Studio album by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Released 23 March 1992
Recorded 1991, The Drugstore
Genre Alternative rock, noise rock
Length 42:39
Label Blanco y Negro, Def American Recordings
Producer William Reid, Jim Reid
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
Honey's Dead
The Sound of Speed
Singles from Honey's Dead
  1. "Reverence"
    Released: February 1992
  2. "Far Gone and Out"
    Released: April 1992
  3. "Almost Gold"
    Released: June 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Honey's Dead is the fourth studio album by the Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain, released in 1992 on Blanco y Negro Records. The title refers to one of the band's early hits, "Just Like Honey", and is intended to demonstrate a complete departure from their earlier musical style.

The album's first single, "Reverence", attracted some controversy for the lyrics "I want to die just like Jesus Christ", and "I want to die just like JFK". Banned by Top of the Pops, the track peaked at #10 in the UK charts and received airplay in the United States on alternative radio stations.

Honey's Dead was recorded in the band's London studio, the aptly named "Drugstore", with accomplished engineer Flood and future JaMC producer Alan Moulder on board (not to mention a considerably larger bankroll).

Alternative and campus radio stations picked up "Far Gone and Out" which remains one of the band's most popular singles to date, peaking at #23 in the band's native UK. The Mary Chain shared the bill during parts of Lollapalooza 1992 in the U.S. with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Ministry, Lush, Ice Cube and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anheuser Busch even used the samples of "Sugar Ray" as a background bed for their Bud Ice television commercials in 1993.[4]

Honey's Dead was on the short list of nominees for the 1992 Mercury Prize. The album posts a close second in sales to (1994) release Stoned & Dethroned (which contains the hit single "Sometimes Always" with Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star). The Reid brothers alternate between singing duties on tracks (most likely coinciding with songwriting duties).

Cover art[edit]

The album cover art features a detail from the painting Ophelia (First Version) by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Arthur Hughes.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jim Reid and William Reid.

LP (BYN 26) and Cassette (BYNC 26)

Side 1

  1. "Reverence" – 3:40
  2. "Teenage Lust" – 3:06
  3. "Far Gone and Out" – 2:51
  4. "Almost Gold" – 3:19
  5. "Sugar Ray" – 4:41
  6. "Tumbledown" – 4:10

Side 2

  1. "Catchfire" – 4:47
  2. "Good for My Soul" – 3:05
  3. "Rollercoaster" – 3:46
  4. "I Can't Get Enough" – 2:56
  5. "Sundown" – 4:59
  6. "Frequency" – 1:19
  1. "Reverence" – 3:40
  2. "Teenage Lust" – 3:06
  3. "Far Gone and Out" – 2:51
  4. "Almost Gold" – 3:19
  5. "Sugar Ray" – 4:41
  6. "Tumbledown" – 4:10
  7. "Catchfire" – 4:47
  8. "Good for My Soul" – 3:05
  9. "Rollercoaster" – 3:46
  10. "I Can't Get Enough" – 2:56
  11. "Sundown" – 4:59
  12. "Frequency" – 1:19


  • Track 6: Contains a sample of Einstürzende Neubauten's "Tanz Debil" (Kollaps, 1981) starting at 1:25 and lasting for roughly 18 seconds.
  • Track 9: Is listed as "copyright 1990" (while the rest of the album is "copyright 1992"), but the version here is not the original 1990 EP version. This version features live drums (presumably by Monti) and does not have the echo on William Reid's voice, and is likely a re-recorded version from the album sessions.


The Jesus and Mary Chain[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Ned Raggett. "Honey's Dead - The Jesus and Mary Chain | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Ice Draft from Budweiser Commercial". YouTube. 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Pre-Raphaelite paintings used in front covers". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  6. ^ "File:Arthur Hughes - Ophelia (First Version).JPG - Wikimedia Commons". Commons.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2014-08-21.