The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Peter Hayes (left) and Anton Newcombe (right)
Peter Hayes (left) and Anton Newcombe (right)
General information
origin San Francisco , United States
Genre (s) Neo-psychedelia , rock
founding 1990
Founding members
Anton Newcombe
Matt Hollywood
Current occupation
Anton Newcombe
Collin Hegna
Frankie "Teardrop" Emerson
Ricky Maymi
Daniel Allaire
Joel Gion
Rob Campanella
former members
Matt Hollywood
Dean Taylor
Mike Sharperson
Jeffrey Davies
Miranda Lee Richards
Peter Hayes
Matt Tow
Reggie Shumway
Bobby Hecksher Raugust

The Brian Jonestown Massacre (often abbreviated as BJM or The BJM) are a neo-psychedelic rock band that formed in San Francisco in the early 1990s .


Since its formation by Anton Newcombe and Matt Hollywood , the band has had a large number of personnel changes. Multi-instrumentalist and lead songwriter Anton Newcombe is the only member to have been with The Brian Jonestown Massacre since its inception.

There are at least two dozen musicians who have played with BJM. Former members include the tambourine player Joel Gion, a founding member of The San Francisco Dilettantes , as well as various guitarists, such as Jeff Davies, Matt Hollywood (founding member of the indie rock band The Out Crowd ), Peter Hayes (founding member of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ) Rob Campanella (producer and studio engineer and member of The Quarter After ), Sune Rose Wagner (founding member of Psyched up Janis , The Tremolo Beer Gut and The Raveonettes ), Bobby Hecksher (founding member of The Warlocks ), Matt Tow (formerly a member of Drop City , founding member of The Lovetones ), Brian Glaze (solo artist and member of The Gris Gris ), David Koenig (member of Spindrift and Clean Prophets ). The drummer Christian Omar Madrigal Izzo from Chokebore , Shadow Project , and Christian Death 1334 was also a member of the band for a short time.

Current long-term members are Collin Hegna and Frankie “Teardrop” Emerson. Long-time guitarist Ricky Rene Maymi was replaced by Irina Yaikowsky between 2004 and 2007.


The name of the band is a combination of the name of the co-founder of the Rolling Stones , Brian Jones , and the Jonestown settlement founded by cult leader Jim Jones in 1974 , in which in 1978 the supporters of the People's Temple were partially suicide and murdered (see Jonestown massacre ).


Straight Up and Down (from the album Take It From The Man!, 1996) is the title and opening song ("Theme") of the Boardwalk Empire series (series start 2010).



  • Spacegirl & Other Favorites (1993)
  • Methodrone (1995)
  • Take It From The Man! (1996)
  • Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request (1996)
  • Thank God For Mental Illness (1996)
  • Give It Back! (1997)
  • Strung Out in Heaven (1998)
  • Bravery, Repetition and Noise (2001)
  • And This Is Our Music (2003)
  • Spacegirl & Other Favorites (Reissue) (2003)
  • Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective (2004)
  • My Bloody Underground (2008)
  • Who Killed Sgt Pepper? (2010)
  • Repeal (2012)
  • Revelation (2014)
  • Musique de Film Imaginé (2015)
  • Third World Pyramid (2016)
  • Don't Get Lost (2017)
  • Something Else (2018)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre (2019)


  • She Made Me / Evergreen (1992)
  • Convertible / Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrigue's Dream) (1993)
  • Hide & Seek / Methodrone (Live at the Compound) (1994)
  • Cold To The Touch / Anemone (1995)
  • Never Ever / Feelers (1996)
  • Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth / 30 min speech by Anton about how he met the Dandys (1997)
  • This Is Why You Love Me / Satellite / Servo / Courtney Taylor (1997)
  • Love / Nothing To Lose / Let's Pretend That It's Summer / I've Been Waiting / The Devil May Care (Mom & Dad Don't) / I've Been Waiting (alternate version) (1997)
  • This Is Why You Love Me / Lantern / Maleka (1998)
  • Love / Wasting Away (Demo) / This Is Why You Love Me (1998)
  • If Love Is The Drug Then I Want To OD / When Jokers Attack (2003)
  • If Love Is The Drug Then I Want To OD / When Jokers Attack / Starcleaner / Here It Comes (2003)
  • Tepid Peppermint Wonderland A Retrospective w / Who? / This Is Why You Love Me / Open Heart Surgery / When Jokers Attack / Pseu Braun interviews Anton Newcombe Live on WFMU 10/2003 (2004)
  • Prozac vs Heroin / Nailing Honey To The Bee (2005)


  • Bringing It All Back Home Again (1999)
  • Zero (Songs from Bravery, Repetition and Noise) (2000)
  • If I Love You (2001)
  • We Are The Radio (EP, 2005)
  • Smoking Acid (2009)
  • You Love Me (2009)
  • Revolution Number Zero (2013)

Web links

Commons : The Brian Jonestown Massacre  - Collection of Pictures, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Andreas Hartmann: The majesty of psychedelic pop . In: The daily newspaper: taz . May 25, 2019, ISSN  0931-9085 , p. 49 ( [accessed on July 12, 2019]).
  2. ^ 'Boardwalk Empire' theme: Series creator explains decision to use contemporary music :