Vintage Video: Watch The Jesus and Mary Chain’s infamous 1985 Camden gig and riot

Given that it’s Jim Reid’s birthday today — he’s 50 — we turn this installment of Vintage Video over to The Jesus and Mary Chain, featuring full video of the band’s infamous Sept. 9, 1985, performance at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. The Mary Chain played a 6-song, 20-minute, feedback-drenched set, then left the stage — leading the crowd to pelt the stage with bottles and rip a lighting rig down.

In the playlist embedded above, you can watch the full pre-Psychocandy performance, courtesy of YouTube user luxvelour, or check out the individual tracks at Slicing Up Video. The band played “Just Out of Reach,” “Inside Me,” “In a Hole,” “You Trip Me Up,” “The Living End” and “Crack’d” before sending the crowd into a riot, which can be seen at the end of the last clip.

 

 

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