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The Brian Jonestown Massacre

566 Give It Back! by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Give It Back!

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Anton Newcombe, Mark Dutton
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On 1997's Give It Back!, The Brian Jonestown Massacre overcome influence to successfully combine '60s psychedelia with '90s indie rock

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The 1990s definitely saw its fair share of pastiche in music from The Rolling Stones raunch of The Black Crowes to the underground Los Angeles swing revival that briefly bubbled into the mainstream. Out in San Francisco, The Brian Jonestown Massacre was taking full advantage of the Haight-Ashbury vibes to experiment with sounds old and new, dabbling in shoegaze, psychedelia, jangle-pop, and more. On their sixth album, 1997's Give It Back!, the one and only with future Black Rebel Motorcycle Club founder Peter Hayes, the band puts all the elements to use on slinky bass-driven jams like "Super-Sonic" and "Whoever you Are" while also finding time to bliss out on tracks like the sitar-driven "Salaam." But it's not all good vibes, as the bands more evil half of the namesake shows up on the disturbing noise collage "Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request," and "#1 Hit Jam" is definitely not.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Satellite
  • 13:53 - This Is Why You Love Me
  • 18:55 - Whoever You Are
  • 25:05 - Super-sonic
  • 34:00 - Servo
  • Outro - Salaam

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