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The Jesus & Mary Chain: Water Rat, London

Ian Watson, Melody Maker, 28 March 1998

THERE HAVE always been four steadfast rules regarding the Jesus And Mary Chain live experience. They don't talk, they never smile, they'd rather die than look nervous, and... the fourth is obvious, really. And, tonight, in true iconoclastic style, they contravene every given in the book while keeping true to the spirit of what initially made them great. Thus Jim Reid berates the crowd at this music biz showcase for being quiet when there are "free drinks", William shoots his brother a knowing smile, there are worried glances every so often, and... yeah.

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