The Brian Jonestown Massacre | They've Been Around for Ages

Updated: Apr 19, 2020

A portmanteau of two of my favourite things; Rolling Stones (guitarist Brian Jones) and bizarre cults (The Jonestown Massacre of 1978), The Brian Jonestown Massacre was formed in1990. Anton Newcombe's musical experimental project has gone through endless lineup changes with him being the only constant. Started in San Francisco, the band recorded multiple albums which ended up just being compilations of multiple recordings and demo tapes.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre has unsurprisingly touched on many genres, drifting in and out of shoegaze and dream pop influences of the 80s and early 90s to the psychedelic sounds of the 60s and everything in between. Having mostly been written and produced by Newcombe, BJM went on to release 18 albums, five compilation albums, 13 EPs, five live albums and was the subject of the 2004 Sundance Film festival winning documentary Dig!, which followed both Newcombe's band and The Dandy Warhols over the course of several years, highlighting the often tumultuous relationship between the bands.

With such an extensive back catalog, it isn't easy nailing down the top albums, and with such a varying and shifting sound, you're better off listening to the essential tracks outlined below and then just jump headfirst into the weird and wonderful world of Newcombe and the ever-changing lineup of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Essential Tracks:

1. Anemone

2. Pish

3. Vad Hände Med Dem

4. (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six

5. Food For Clouds