Sometimes Always


"Sometimes Always"
Sometimes Always Single.jpg
Single by The Jesus and Mary Chain
from the album Stoned & Dethroned
B-side"The Perfect Crime"
Released18 July 1994
GenreAlternative rock[1]
LabelBlanco y Negro
Songwriter(s)William Reid
Producer(s)Jim Reid, William Reid
The Jesus and Mary Chain singles chronology
"Almost Gold"
"Sometimes Always"
"Come On"

"Sometimes Always" is a song by the Scottish alternative rock group The Jesus and Mary Chain and the first single from the group's album Stoned & Dethroned. It is a duet between Jim Reid and Hope Sandoval. It was released by Blanco y Negro Records in July 1994 and reached No. 22 in the UK single charts.[2] "Sometimes Always" peaked at No. 62 on the Australian ARIA singles chart in August 1994.[3] It also reached No. 4 on the US Alternative Songs chart which listed the most played songs on alternative radio., the band's last song to appear on that chart.

A poster for the single can be seen in the Bottom episode "Terror" while the song itself appears in the 1995 film The Doom Generation.

Track listing

7" (NEG70)
  1. "Sometimes Always" (William Reid) – 2:32
  2. "The Perfect Crime" (Jim Reid) – 1:32
10" (NEG70TE), 12" (NEG70T) and CDS (NEG70CD)
  1. "Sometimes Always" (W. Reid) – 2:32
  2. "The Perfect Crime" (J. Reid) – 1:32
  3. "Little Stars" (W. Reid) – 3:29
  4. "Drop-Re-Recorded" (W. Reid) – 1:50


The Jesus and Mary Chain

Additional personnel

Cover versions

The song was recorded as a duet by Courtney Jaye and Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses on Jaye's 2010 album, The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye and by The Brakes on their 2005 album "Give Blood", duetting with Becki and Julia of The Pipettes. In 2020, Hatchie and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart recorded a duet cover.


Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 62
UK Singles (OCC)[4] 22
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[5] 4


  1. ^ "The 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994: The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Sometimes Always"". Spin. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Official Charts > Jesus & Mary Chain". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  3. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 28 Aug 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  4. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  5. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2017.