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Most Timeless Formula: The Jesus and Mary Chain
Scotland's legendary Jesus and Mary Chain got to a specific, natural place in rock n' roll first and never left it—the exact halfway point between sweetness and noise. Coming after them, you could tweak what they did in one direction or another, recreate it with new components, or just copy them blatantly, but you couldn't knock them off of that 50/50 mile marker. The lineage of debauched, dangerous, post-Velvets rock sort of stopped at them, either getting more polite or less overtly pop pleasing by necessity. While their set had a few lulls touring the band's late-career albums, the sheer possibility of which perfect early pop/rock song they might pull out next was a total thrill. "Head On"? Yes! "Just Like Honey"? YES!! "Taste of Cindy"? YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!