Munki (LP1 Blue + LP2 Red)

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Release Date: 20th October 2023

To celebrate the album’s 25-year anniversary, The Jesus And Mary Chain are reissuing their long-sold-out sixth
studio album ‘Munki’. Out October 6th 2023 on Fuzz Club, the reissue arrives on CD and gatefold double LP.
The vinyl has been remastered by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones, Jack White, Liam Gallagher). Originally
released June 2nd 1998 on Sub Pop / Creation Records, ‘Munki’ was – up until the Mary Chain’s reformation in
2007 – an experimental rock’n’roll masterclass turned swan song for the Reid brothers, whose fractious in-
fighting culminated in the band’s break-up less than a year after its release. It was perhaps fitting, then, that
‘Munki’ is argued by some as the definitive Mary Chain record in the way it seemed to chart the full array of
musical directions the band had ploughed over the five records that came before. The decision to bookend the
album with Jim’s rousing sing-along ‘I Love Rock 'N' Roll’ and William’s caustic white-noise anthem ‘I Hate Rock
'N' Roll’ perfectly captures the two-fold tension at the heart of the Mary Chain at that time – a tension
between noise and melody, and warring brothers. Across the album’s 17 tracks and 70-minute running time,
there are the expected abrasive noise-rock epics ‘Cracking Up’ and ‘Degenerate’ by way of fuzzed-out pop hits
like ‘Fizzy’ and the tender acoustic slow-burner ‘Never Understood’. Between the Reid’s Glaswegian snarls and
unapologetically insolent lyrics – "I'm a mean motherf*cker now, but I once was cool”, “McDonald’s is sh*t!”,
“Children are fools!” being just a few lyrical highlights – ‘Munki’ also features two great guest appearances.
Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval returns for another Mary Chain duet on ‘Perfume’, which has a swagger that’s
equal parts menacing and bittersweet, and the Reid’s younger sister Linda (Sister Vanilla) sings beautifully on
top of ‘Moe Tucker’s motorik proto-punk scuzz.

Tracklist

  1. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll
  2. Birthday
  3. Stardust Remedy
  4. Fizzy
  5. Moe Tucker
  6. Perfume
  7. Virtually Unreal
  8. Degenerate
  9. Cracking Up
  10. Commercial
  11. Supertramp
  12. Never Understood
  13. I Can’t find The Time For Times
  14. Man On The Moon
  15. Black
  16. Dream Lover