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PRIMAL SCREAM are a British rock band originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow
by Bobby Gillespie
Bobby Gillespie
(vocals ) and Jim Beattie . The current lineup consists of Gillespie, Andrew Innes (guitar ), Martin Duffy (keyboards ), Simone Butler (bass ) and Darrin Mooney (drums ). Barrie Cadogan has toured and recorded with the band since 2006 as a replacement after the departure of guitarist Robert "Throb" Young .

The band performed throughout 1982–1984, but their career did not take off until Gillespie left his position as drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain . The band were a key part of the mid-1980s indie pop scene, but eventually moved away from their more jangly sound, taking on more psychedelic and then garage rock influences, before incorporating a dance music element to their sound. Their 1991 album Screamadelica broke the band into the mainstream. Their latest album Chaosmosis
was released on 18 March 2016.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Formation & early years (1982–1984) * 1.2 First recordings (1984–1989) * 1.3 Breakthrough: Screamadelica (1990–1992) * 1.4 Continued success: Give Out But Don\'t Give Up (1992–1995) * 1.5 Change in sound: Vanishing Point (1996–1998) * 1.6 Further Experimentation: XTRMNTR and Evil Heat (1999–2005) * 1.7 Return: Riot City Blues, Beautiful Future and Screamadelica 20th Anniversary (2006–2012) * 1.8 Recent events: More Light and Chaosmosis

* 2 Members

* 2.1 Current members * 2.2 Touring members

* 3 Discography * 4 References * 5 External links


FORMATION "> Bobby Gillespie
Bobby Gillespie
on tour in 1991 at Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan

The band were first introduced to the acid house scene by McGee in 1988. They were at first skeptical; Gillespie said: "I always remember being quite fascinated by it but not quite getting it." The band did, however, quickly develop a taste for it and began attending raves. The band met up with DJ Andrew Weatherall
Andrew Weatherall
at a rave , and he was given a copy of "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have", a track from Primal Scream, to remix for one of his shows. Weatherall added a drum loop from an Italian bootleg mix of Edie Brickell
Edie Brickell
's "What I Am", a sample of Gillespie singing a line from Robert Johnson 's " Terraplane Blues " and the central introductory sample from the Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
The Wild Angels . The resulting track, "Loaded ", became the band's first major hit, reaching number 16 on the UK Singles Chart . This was followed by another single, "Come Together", which reached number 19.

The band entered the studio with Weatherall, Hugo Nicolson , The Orb and Jimmy Miller producing, and Martin Duffy now full-time on keyboards. They released two more singles, "Higher Than The Sun" and "Don't Fight It, Feel It" which featured the lead vocals of Manchester singer Denise Johnson, both of which were successful. The album, Screamadelica, was released in late 1991 to positive reviews. Ink Blot Magazine said that the album was "both of its time and timeless." The album was also a commercial success, reaching number eight on the UK chart. The album won the first Mercury Music Prize
Mercury Music Prize
, beating Gillespie's former band The Jesus and Mary Chain.

The supporting tour kicked off in Amsterdam
, and it included a performance at the Glastonbury festival
Glastonbury festival
before coming to an end in Sheffield
. Throughout the tour the band and their increasingly large entourage gained notoriety for their large narcotic intake. The band's drug habits have often been discussed in print. Journalist James Brown reported a now infamous story: the bandmates were arguing with one another about whether to get Vietnamese, Chinese or Indian. When one of Brown's colleagues asked them if they'd settle for a burger the band informed him: "It's heroin we're discussing, not food!". Around this time, the band recorded the Dixie Narco EP . Some of the tracks had a more American blues rock sound than previously, and displayed a novel P-Funk


The band began work on their fourth album in Roundhouse Studios in London in September 1992.

In March 1994, the first single from the new album, "Rocks ", was released. It was the band's highest charting single to date, reaching number seven on the UK charts. The single was not received well, with NME
calling them "dance traitors". The album, Give Out But Don\'t Give Up was released in May to mixed reviews. Whereas some praised the band's new Stones -influenced sound, some dismissed the album as tired and drawing too heavily on their influences. Two more singles were released from the album, "Jailbird" and "(I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind", both of which charted progressively lower.

While touring in support of the album, relations within the band began to wear down. The band's American tour, when they supported Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode
, was, in the words of manager Alex Nightingale, "the closest we've come to the band splitting up." After the completion of the tour, the band remained quiet for a long period of time. Gillespie later remarked that he was unsure if the band would continue. The only release during this period was a single, "The Big Man and the Scream Team Meet the Barmy Army Uptown", a collaboration with Irvine Welsh and On-U Sound , which caused controversy due to offensive lyrics about Rangers F.C.
Rangers F.C.
and their fan base.


After a short hiatus, the band returned with a new lineup. Gary "Mani" Mounfield , fresh from the well-publicised break-up of his previous band, The Stone Roses , was added as the band's new bassist, and Paul Mulraney was added as their new drummer. The arrival of Mani revitalized the group, who were considering disbanding after the failure of Give Out. The album was recorded in the band's personal studio in two months, and was mixed in another month. Most of the recording was engineered by Innes, and produced by Brendan Lynch and Andrew Weatherall
Andrew Weatherall

The music on the album had a complex shoegazing dance/dub rhythm, harking back to the crossover success of Screamadelica, yet sounding significantly darker. Some songs on the album were inspired by cult 1971 film Vanishing Point ; Gillespie said that they wanted to create an alternative soundtrack for the film. Other lyrics were inspired by the band's past experiences with drug abuse. Gillespie described the album as "an anarcho-syndicalist speedfreak road movie record!" The first single released from the album, "Kowalski ", was released in May 1997, and reached number 8 on the British charts. The album, titled Vanishing Point after the film, was released in July and revitalized the band's commercial viability. It received almost unanimously positive reviews upon release, Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
calling it a "swirling, hypnotic acid-trip", and Musik saying that "this group's place in the history book of late 20th Century music is assured." The inclusion on the album of the title track from the film Trainspotting also helped cement the band's place in alternative modern culture.

The band scheduled a short supporting tour to take place during July. Unfortunately, the band had to postpone the dates. This led to speculation that there were problems within the band, and that one of the members may resign. The band's press agent issued a statement saying "t's not a drugs thing and it's not a nervous breakdown." Before the tour was scheduled to begin, Mulraney left the band and they were forced to use a drum machine. The initial dates were poorly received, but they eventually hired drummer Darrin Mooney and the gigs improved. Throughout the Vanishing Point tour Primal Scream
Primal Scream
employed the up-and-coming Asian Dub Foundation as a support act, helping them to break into the mainstream.

In February 1998 the band released the "If They Move, Kill 'Em" EP. This notably featured the bands' first collaboration with Kevin Shields , on his remix of the title track. Later that year, Shields joined the band on tour and would have a major influence on their sound in the next few years. After the release of the album, a collection of alternative mixes/remixes from Vanishing Point were released as the album Echo Dek, with the bulk of mixes done by Adrian Sherwood .


Recording sessions for the band's sixth album went well. The band were for the most part free of drugs, and their lineup had finally stabilised. Despite their new-found peace, the band pursued a harsher and angrier musical direction. Many of the songs they wrote had overtly political lyrics, Gillespie said the band wished to convey "What it's like to be in Britain in this day and age." The album featured multiple guest appearances, including the Chemical Brothers
Chemical Brothers
, New Order 's Bernard Sumner
Bernard Sumner
, and former My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields
, who had become a semi-permanent member.

The first single from XTRMNTR , " Swastika Eyes ", was released on November 1999. The song's overtly political content, Gillespie said it was about "American international terrorism", made it controversial. Nevertheless, it was a hit, charting at No. 22 on the British charts. XTRMNTR itself fared well, reaching No. 3. The political content was well received, with Allmusic calling it a "nasty, fierce realization of an entire world that has... lost the plot.". In 2009 NME
charted XTRMNTR at No. 3 in The Top 100 Greatest Albums of The Decade.

In 2000, the band began recording their seventh album, Evil Heat , released in 2002. Though the political content was not as strong as the previous album, there was a song originally slated for the album entitled "Bomb the Pentagon", which was reworked into the song "Rise" after the 11 September attacks . The album, like many of Primal Scream's previous albums, had multiple producers. Shields produced several tracks, and Andrew Weatherall
Andrew Weatherall
produced three tracks, his first work with the band since Vanishing Point. Kate Moss
Kate Moss
sang professionally for the first time with single " Some Velvet Morning ", a version of the Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra song. The album also featured another guest appearance, Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
singer Robert Plant
Robert Plant
. In 2003 the double CD album Dirty Hits was released containing the better known works and some previously unheard versions and remixes of those tunes.

In June 2005, Primal Scream
Primal Scream
played a controversial set at the Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival
, throughout which Gillespie was playfully abusive to the crowd and was alleged to have made Nazi salutes during the song "Swastika Eyes". They were eventually forced off by officials after overrunning their allotted time; the festival organisers were at that point already annoyed at the band when, in response to their invitation to join other recording artists in signing a Make Poverty History poster which would be auctioned off for charity, lead singer Bobby Gillespie
Bobby Gillespie
instead altered the poster so that it read "Make Israel History". Gillespie later said that this was to show his support for the Palestinian cause.


At Summercase, 2008 In 2009

In an interview with NME
, Gillespie said that the band had written "euphoric rock 'n' roll songs" for their next album. They intended to capture the energy of their live performances. The band chose Youth as their producer, which led to speculation that they had fallen out with Shields. Although the band themselves admitted that they were unsure of the situation, Shields subsequently joined them on tour.

The album's first single, "Country Girl ", was released on 22 May 2006, and received regular airplay in 2006 resulting in a chart entry of number 5, their highest ever. It was also used by the BBC
in the closing credits of the Grand National
Grand National
2007 and as the backing track to a video celebrating the successes of the Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti in the 2007 Autosport Awards ceremony in London. The album, Riot City Blues , was released in June and reached number five on the UK Album Charts . However, it received mixed reviews: Pitchfork Media called it "flat and dead", while AllMusic called it "a refreshingly retro rock -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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