Upside Down (The Jesus and Mary Chain song)


"Upside Down" is the debut single from the Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain.[1] The song was written by William Reid and Jim Reid, and was produced by The Jesus and Mary Chain. The b-side is a cover of a Syd Barrett song and was produced by Joe Foster.

"Upside Down"
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Upside Down (Single).jpg
Single by The Jesus and Mary Chain
B-side"Vegetable Man"
ReleasedNovember 1984
RecordedSeptember 1984, Alaska Studios
GenreNoise pop
Songwriter(s)William Reid, Jim Reid
Producer(s)The Jesus and Mary Chain, Joe Foster
The Jesus and Mary Chain singles chronology
"Upside Down"
"Never Understand"
Alternative Cover
Cover of re-release
Cover of re-release

It is the band's only early period release for the Creation Records label.[2] And with about 50,000 copies sold it was the first success for the label.[3]

The sleeves for the first 1.000 copies (in black with red words and an address to write to the band under the credits[4]) were printed by Bobby Gillespie (the next drummer in the band) in Glasgow, and featured handwritten messages from the group. Subsequent copies (without the band address) were produced in several colour variations including red, yellow, blue and pink. In 1985 the single was re-released with a totally different sleeve but the same catalogue number.[5]

Track listingEdit

7" (CRE 012)
  1. "Upside Down" (Jim Reid, William Reid) – 3:00
  2. "Vegetable Man" (Syd Barrett) – 3:35


The Jesus and Mary ChainEdit

Additional personnelEdit


  1. ^ "The Story of The Jesus And Mary Chain's Psychocandy". The Quietus. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Jesus & Mary Chain celebrating 30 years of 'Psychocandy'". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Upside Down and Creation Records Archived 25 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine"
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  5. ^ "Upside Down / Vegetable Man". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "April skies - the jesus and mary chain".