Just Like Honey


"Just Like Honey" is a song by the Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain from their 1985 debut album Psychocandy. The track was released as the third single from the record through Blanco y Negro Records in September 1985. The song was written by band members William Reid and Jim Reid.

"Just Like Honey"
Just Like Honey (Single).jpg
Single by The Jesus and Mary Chain
from the album Psychocandy
ReleasedSeptember 1985
LabelBlanco y Negro
Songwriter(s)William Reid, Jim Reid
Producer(s)The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Jesus and Mary Chain singles chronology
"You Trip Me Up"
"Just Like Honey"
"April Skies"

The song has appeared in several films, most notably in the closing scene of 2003's Lost in Translation, as well as 2008's The Man Who Loved Yngve and a 2011 Volkswagen advertisement campaign. The track also features in "Mommy", the third episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, in which Angela Bassett's character Ramona Royale makes her first appearance. The beginning of the song uses the opening drum riff of The Ronettes' "Be My Baby".[1]

Chart performanceEdit

The single reached number 45 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

The song was ranked number 2 among the "Tracks of the Year" for 1985 by NME.[3]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Jim Reid and William Reid.

7" (NEG 17)

  1. "Just Like Honey" – 3:00
  2. "Head" – 3:48

2×7" Gatefold (NEG 17F)

  1. "Just Like Honey" – 3:00
  2. "Head" – 3:48
  3. "Inside Me"– 3:08
  4. "Just Like Honey" (Demo) – 2:54
12" (NEG 17T)
  1. "Just Like Honey" – 3:00
  2. "Head" – 3:48
  3. "Cracked" – 3:43
  4. "Just Like Honey" (Demo) – 2:54


The Jesus and Mary ChainEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Karen Parker – backing vocals
  • John Loder – audio engineer


Chart (1985) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[4] 45


  1. ^ "The 30 Greatest Rock & Roll Movie Moments". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Just Like Honey". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 22 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2017.