Well, I heard about these guys (or at least their frontman) when I read about the docu-drama "Dig" featuring Courtney Taylor (of the Dandy Warhols) narrating the life and times of a couple of up and coming (sort of) alt-rock bands in the mid 90's. I dig the Dandy's and, apparently, BJM was one of the band's inspirations. Looking into their catalogue, by golly, I found this title, "Their Satanic Majesties...'Second' Request" (hmmmm).
I always thought the Stones' '68 "Satanic Majesties" was an underrated classic. Totally unlike anything they'd done before or since. Verry trippy vibe, very cool. Eastern mysticism, Baba Ram Dass, BE HERE NOW, oneness, nowness, the Great Sea of Existence. Yeah, baby. And here's a rock band, in 1995 (just a few years after "Nevermind", during the height of the grunge-rock craze) shooting at the same target the Stones went after in '68.
This CD makes the Stones' prior effort seem a bit hit and miss. Anyone looking for a sweet, low-key, psychedelic mind-ride need go no further. And - no - this one is not all sitars, jamborines, world-beat sounding happy-sappy saffron robe balding hippy-pap (see Peter Gabriel). The liner notes make it clear that the band played, among other instruments ... "wolf horn, maraccas, weird chinese s**t, tyco drums, vibes, piano, woodwinds and other top secret crap." In other words, these guys were not into themselves making "genre" music, just into the music.
Evocative, inspirational, no-holds-barred, very Stonesy. By the second guitar chorus on track 14 ('cause, i lover'), I was there, really THERE (if you know what I mean). Let's just say that when words fail, this music brings you home.
This one rocks. With a dose of menace. And with a purpose. Let it into your head, groove-meisters.