By Aaron Richter
This past weekend, we locked ourselves in the self-titled office and plowed through the new Jesus and Mary Chain b-sides/rarities box set, The Power of Negative Thinking. With the help of green tea, some tasty hummus and several delicious Bounty chocolate/coconut bars, we made it through all 81 songs–nearly four hours of music–to bring you the collection’s 10 best tracks, listed in order of awesomeness.
10. â€œAlphabet Streetâ€ (Disc 4)
Noisy and barely recognizable. Poor Prince would have to cover his ears.
9. â€œBo Diddley Is Jesusâ€ (Disc 2)
Grinderman owes this â€œApril Skiesâ€ b-side some royalties.
8. â€œDirty Waterâ€ (Demo) (Disc 4)
William Reid on vocals, slurring like he’s drunk.
7. â€œSnakedriverâ€ (Disc 3)
Your ears will bleed.
6. â€œDeviant Sliceâ€ (Disc 3)
Bernard Sumner-style guitars clutter a skittering roboto-rock beat that recalls the Plastics.
5. â€œRollercoasterâ€ (Disc 3)
The best Dandy Warhols song the band never wrote.
4. â€œMy Girlâ€ (Disc 2)
… or how to turn a Temptations classic into a horny little slut.
3. â€œCrackedâ€ (Disc 1)
JAMC chopped and screwed with burning-alive demon howls.
2. â€œTower of Songâ€ (Disc 3)
What better task to tackle than Leonard Cohen‘s finest?
1. â€œVegetable Manâ€ (Disc 1)
A cover of an unreleased Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd track–like â€œJack the Ripperâ€ performed by a middle-school garage band.