The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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|The Brian Jonestown Massacre|
|Also known as||BJM
|Origin||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, folk rock, neo-psychedelia|
Tee Pee Records
|Associated acts||Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Out Crowd
The Dandy Warhols
Darker My Love
Frankie "Teardrop" Emerson
|Past members||see below|
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American psychedelic rock band formed in San Francisco in 1988. The band's musical output has spanned psychedelia, folk rock, blues rock, electronica, and experimental rock.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre began as a shoegazing group in San Francisco in the late 1980s. After their debut and sophomore albums, the group quickly turned to a broader style of psychedelic rock incorporating folk, blues, raga, and later, electronica influences. The name "Brian Jonestown Massacre" is a portmanteau of The Rolling Stones' founder and guitarist Brian Jones and the infamous mass cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. They have gained media notoriety for their tumultuous working relationships and the drug addiction of their leader, Anton Newcombe.
1995 & 1996 
The 1995 album, Methodrone, approximates the United Kingdom "shoegazing" sound that had gained prominence several years prior to its release. Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, one of three new albums released by the group in 1996, reflects a pastiche of 1960s psychedelia that continues to characterize the BJM sound to the present day. Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request is an homage to the Rolling Stones' 1967 album, Their Satanic Majesties Request. The second album they released in 1996, Take It from the Man!, was recorded in the Rolling Stones' mid-1960s style of rock rooted in rhythm and blues.
Thank God for Mental Illness, BJM's third record, released in 1996, represents a country and rhythm and blues aspect to the band's oeuvre, with vocals and acoustic guitar dominating the overall sound. This is a format that Newcombe occasionally adopts when presenting live material during times of transition in the band. A further example of this country/folk influence was applied to the Bringing It All Back Home - Again album; the title is an homage to Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home.
And This Is Our Music (2003) 
Electronic music appears in 2003's And This Is Our Music, evidencing more contemporary influences. The album's title is an obvious reference to the identically-titled, but distinct, albums, This Is Our Music, by the artists, Galaxie 500 and Ornette Coleman. In 2005, the band released the EP, We Are the Radio, on Newcombe's own label, The Committee to Keep Music Evil, which featured a close collaboration with indie singer-songwriter, Sara Beth Tuceck.
My Bloody Underground (2008) 
My Bloody Underground was released on Cargo Records in 2008.
2009 releases 
The Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded both One EP and Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?, in Iceland and Berlin, in 2009. The One EP was released in November 2009 and features the songs, "One", "This Is the First of Your Last Warning" (which would also appear on Who Killed Sgt. Pepper), an English version of "This Is The First Of Your Last Warning", and an exclusive track, "Bruttermania". Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? was released in February 2010 and features musicians such as Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir (who recorded vocals on the previous BJM album) and Felix Bondareff, from the Russian band, Amazing Electronic Talking Cave; Will Carruthers. Soon after the album's release, it was confirmed that Hollywood had returned to the band after an eleven-year absence. According to Anton Newcombe, he would feature on the band's next album and toured with the band.
Aufheben (2012) 
The most recent Brian Jonestown Massacre album release is titled "Aufheben" and was released on May 1, 2012. Newcombe stated in an interview with GoingThruVinyl that the album title relates to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's use of the term, whereby something is destroyed in order to preserve it.
In the music press Anton Newcombe, the leader of BJM, has a reputation for being narcissistic, stubborn and difficult to work with. In 2008, he was accused of stabbing Frank Emerson, guitarist, backstage at a gig after Emerson drank too much and broke a microphone. Similarly, he punched Matt Hollywood in the head at a record label showcase as documented in the film Dig!. He is known for a jaded and abrasive view of rock music and its stars, “People talk about Eric Clapton. What has he ever done except throw his baby off a fuckin’ ledge and write a song about it?”
Along with The Dandy Warhols, BJM were the subjects of the 2004 documentary film Dig!. The film captured a love-hate relationship between both bands, highlighting the interaction of BJM frontman Anton Newcombe with his counterpart in the Warhols, Courtney Taylor-Taylor. The film was recorded over the course of seven years by Ondi Timoner and won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for its unflinching portrait of a narcissist rock star descending into madness and drug abuse. Newcombe distanced himself from the film, stating that its portrayal of him (using drugs and alcohol, yelling) was unfair, and Taylor-Taylor also distanced himself from the documentary, explaining that he felt pressured during the filming process: "It's a movie, not a documentary [...] She (Timoner) worked her ass off and forged a plot when there was no plot. She crafted the thing to swell and ebb by taking eight years of us and a year and a half of the Brian Jonestown Massacre". The Dandy Warhols' drummer, Brent DeBoer, added: Ondi has 1,998 hours of footage that nobody saw and she could have taken it and made a really respectful show about two really talented bands working very hard and making great records....But she just snagged a couple hours of just the worst behavior.
- 1993 Spacegirl & Other Favorites
- 1995 Methodrone
- 1996 Take It from the Man!
- 1996 Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request
- 1996 Thank God for Mental Illness
- 1997 Give It Back!
- 1998 Strung Out in Heaven
- 1999 Bringing It All Back Home – Again (EP)
- 2000 Zero (EP)
- 2001 If I Love You (EP)
- 2001 Bravery, Repetition and Noise
- 2003 ...And This Is Our Music
- 2004 Tepid Peppermint Wonderland
- 2005 Tepid Peppermint Wonderland Volume Two
- 2005 We Are the Radio (EP)
- 2008 My Bloody Underground
- 2008 Just Like Kicking Jesus (EP)
- 2009 Smoking Acid (EP)
- 2009 One EP (EP)
- 2010 Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?
- 2012 Aufheben
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