The band's attitude — cool, detached, derisive — came across in their classic records, which are almost as much about the look and feel as about the music itself. Bands searching for both style and substance have a lot to learn and be grateful for. "As long as musicians steer clear of pastiche, a little homage is a healthy thing," Reid says. "We used to talk about Psychocandy when we were making it, that people would be listening to it 20 years later."

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN + THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | September 11 and 12 | 18+ | $29.50 | 617.562.8800

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