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I'm Only Happy When It Rains Trivia Quiz


The Jesus and Mary Chain did not enjoy the commercial success that they'd hoped for but they created an audience for "Noise Pop" that would influence many.

A multiple-choice quiz by pollucci19. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
pollucci19
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
343,254
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Formed in Glasgow in 1983 The Jesus and Mary Chain were built on the songwriting talents of which brothers? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Sounding like something you may find on top of a bread roll what name was initially adopted by the band that would go on to call themselves The Jesus and Mary Chain? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. There was a tendency for the early Jesus and Mary Chain gigs to erupt into violence. What factor(s) were often cited as a trigger for this? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The Jesus and Mary Chain introduced feedback to their songs when they received comments that their early demos bore similarities to the sound of which American band whose founding members went by the names of Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee?

Answer: (Two Words (First word 'The'))
Question 5 of 10
5. Not to be confused with a Diana Ross number that had the same name, which song was The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut single, released in 1984? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Described by Allmusic as "the album that created a movement without meaning to" what 1985 release was The Jesus and Mary Chain's first album? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The Jesus and Mary Chain single "Just Like Honey" appears on the soundtrack of which 2003 Sofia Coppola directed movie that stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "Happy When It Rains", which signaled a change in direction for The Jesus and Mary Chain, appeared on which album released in 1987? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The song "Reverence" from The Jesus and Mary Chain's 1992 album "Honey's Dead" created controversy and achieved the band a level of notoriety when it was banned by the BBC's "Top of the Pops" programme. For what reason was it banned? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain finally cracked the US Billboard's Hot 100 Chart in 1994 with their single "Sometimes Always". The song saw the vocals shared between Jim Reid and Hope Sandoval, the lead singer of which Californian alternative band? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Formed in Glasgow in 1983 The Jesus and Mary Chain were built on the songwriting talents of which brothers?

Answer: Jim & William Reid

The Reid brothers were inspired by a number of diverse musical acts ranging from The Velvet Underground and The Sex Pistols to Phil Spector and The Shangri-Las. In 1985 William Reid was quoted "We all love The Shangri-Las and one day we're going to make Shangri-Las records".
When their father received a redundancy payout in the early 1980's the boys saw the opportunity to use some of the funds to purchase a Portastudio and immediately started to record their own demos.

Ray & Dave Davies were the driving force behind The Kinks, Scott & Ron Asheton were members of The Stooges and Jonny and Colin Greenwood made up part of Radiohead.
2. Sounding like something you may find on top of a bread roll what name was initially adopted by the band that would go on to call themselves The Jesus and Mary Chain?

Answer: The Poppy Seeds

The name, The Poppy Seeds, was short-lived as was their next option Death of Joey. The Reid brothers soon settled on the slightly blasphemous Jesus and Mary Chain, which partnered well with their image of black clothing and dark glasses. The origin of the name is not known for certain.

At one point the brothers claimed that it was in a line of dialogue in a Bing Crosby movie but they later admitted that this was not correct.
3. There was a tendency for the early Jesus and Mary Chain gigs to erupt into violence. What factor(s) were often cited as a trigger for this?

Answer: All these of these were contributing factors

Initially the band only had a core of ten to twelve songs that only ran for two minutes each. There was no interaction with the audience and as soon as one song was delivered they immediately dived into their next number. Consequently, after twenty minutes there was little else for them to do. The feedback that they incorporated into their songs was loud and was nothing short of an assault on the senses of the audience. Legend has it that at one venue the manager was so aghast at their sound that he threw the band off stage four minutes into their set. Starved of opportunities the band resorted to appearing at venues claiming to be the support act, played a short set and then exited as soon as possible.
4. The Jesus and Mary Chain introduced feedback to their songs when they received comments that their early demos bore similarities to the sound of which American band whose founding members went by the names of Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee?

Answer: The Ramones

Drenching their songs in streams of guitar fuzz became a way for the Reid brothers to differentiate their sound. Whilst it wasn't revolutionary (or overtly commercial) when it combined with the brother's innate pop sensibilities it helped to open doors for 'white noise' pop.

The dense feedback they generated would prove to be an inspiration to acts such as My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr.
5. Not to be confused with a Diana Ross number that had the same name, which song was The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut single, released in 1984?

Answer: Upside Down

The record was a confrontational blast of 'noise' pop. Murray Dalglish's pounding on the drums provided the anchor for the band to unleash a highly energetic and feedback laced single. Despite the fact that the song failed to chart it managed to bring them to the attention of a wider audience, new venues and, importantly, the music press. Neil Taylor of NME was so taken he described them as "the best band in the world". The single would not feature on any of the band's studio albums but versions can be found on some of their compilation sets, most notably their 1988 release "Barbed Wire Kisses".
6. Described by Allmusic as "the album that created a movement without meaning to" what 1985 release was The Jesus and Mary Chain's first album?

Answer: Psychocandy

"Psychocandy" proved to be a melding of Beach Boys harmonies with Velvet Underground feedback and echo. It was described as the perfect enigma, anti-pop and pure pop in the same breath. Despite its lack of commercial success the album garnered critical acclaim from many quarters. Q Magazine ranked it number 23 in its list of "Forty Best Albums of the 1980's", while Rolling Stone magazine included it in its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list in 2003 at number 268. "Psychocandy" would spawn three singles; "Never Understand", "You Trip Me Up" and the precocious "Just Like Honey".

"New Day Rising" was released by Husker Du, "Meat is Murder" by The Smiths and "Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin" was a Hawkwind album. All were also released in 1985.
7. The Jesus and Mary Chain single "Just Like Honey" appears on the soundtrack of which 2003 Sofia Coppola directed movie that stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson?

Answer: Lost in Translation

The song features in the closing scene, adding poignant atmosphere to the movie. "Just Like Honey" would later be commissioned by Volkswagen for their 2011 marketing campaign. Written by the brothers, William and Ben Reid, the song was released in September of 1985.

It displays the unmistakable influence of Phil Spector to the point where it even borrows the drum intro of The Ronnettes 1963 hit "Be My Baby".
8. "Happy When It Rains", which signaled a change in direction for The Jesus and Mary Chain, appeared on which album released in 1987?

Answer: Darklands

It may have been that the brothers had had enough of being compared with The Sex Pistols or them placing too much credence on suggestions that feedback was their one and only trick. Whatever it was, it led to the band stripping back the wall of sound that dominated their first album and, in "Darklands", producing a record with a much calmer tone.

Some of the tracks could almost be described as wistful. "Happy When It Rains" is a soaring track that has strong leanings toward that great Smokey Robinson track "My Girl".

The bouncy "April Skies" would become the band's first Top Ten single in the UK. "The Return of Bruno" is a Bruce Willis album, "The Cost of Loving" was recorded by The Style Council and Prince released "Sign O' The Times".
9. The song "Reverence" from The Jesus and Mary Chain's 1992 album "Honey's Dead" created controversy and achieved the band a level of notoriety when it was banned by the BBC's "Top of the Pops" programme. For what reason was it banned?

Answer: Its morbid lyric content

"Reverence" opens with the lines "I wanna die like Jesus Christ" and "I wanna die like JFK".
The track has a clinical precision about it and it's a coruscating way to lauch one of the band's strongest albums, "Honey's Dead". It is on this album that they manage to find that fine balance between rampaging static and their pop smart melodies.
The title of the album, a reference to one of their early singles "Just Like Honey", is a message that the band was making a strong commitment to move away from its original sound to seek a compromised refinement. Tracks such as "Far Gone and Out" gained steady airplay on a number of campus radio stations and helped gain the band an invite to the 1992 Lollapalooza festival, where they shared the bill with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain finally cracked the US Billboard's Hot 100 Chart in 1994 with their single "Sometimes Always". The song saw the vocals shared between Jim Reid and Hope Sandoval, the lead singer of which Californian alternative band?

Answer: Mazzy Star

Mazzy Star, from Santa Monica, is a collaboration of Hope and guitarist David Roback. They're best known for their 1994 single "Fade Into You".
The combination of Sandoval and Reid works beautifully on "Sometimes Always" and it raises the question; why weren't there more collaborations? The single appears on The Jesus and Mary Chain's 1994 album "Stoned and Dethroned", which represents the most radical departure to their sound to date. The majority of the tracks are semi-acoustic and in some places you can sense a country feel to the numbers. The band's trademark feedback was stripped away and, on the rare occasions that it does appear, it merely serves as atmosphere. There is almost a sense here that the Reid brothers have deliberately set about to draw the focus to their songwriting. For years the world had been focussed on their wall of sound that everyone seemed to forget that they could write memorable and melodic pop tunes.
As mentioned earlier, commercial success eluded the band but they did strike a chord with followers of alternative music. "Sometimes Always" reached number four on the US Alternative Songs Chart (also known as Hot Modern Rock Tracks). Previously their songs "Blues From a Gun" reached number one on the same charts while "Far Gone and Out" got to number three.
Source: Author pollucci19

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