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Bands of Brothers

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid launched their now-legendary noise-rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain in 1983, inspired by bands like the Sex Pistols and Velvet Underground who bucked convention in favor of challenging, often abrasive art. They would ultimately serve the same role for a generation of bands to follow. As AllMusic summarized, “The British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr.” —Jeff Royer

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