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Tired of being seen as indie also-rans, Primal Scream embraced club culture, fused rock and rave and rewrote the rock ‘n’ roll rulebook, establishing themselves as a band with style and a whole lot of substance…
Robert Young, Andrew Innes and Bobby Gillespie, who penned all but one track on Screamadelica

“Loaded was a dub version of our song. We wanted Andy to take the track and make it into something he could play during his sets” BOBBY GILLESPIE

The late 80s were a bleak and frustrating time for Primal Scream. Their self-titled second LP had been a disappointment; feeling that they lacked direction, Creation boss Alan McGee booked them on a tour of “any shithole that would have them”. Jokingly dubbed the ‘Tear Up The Atlas’ tour, the jaunt saw them play tiny venues in far-flung corners of the UK – but crucially, during the tour, the band met DJ Andrew Weatherall.

“I didn’t know much about them, I only knew the odd track”, Weatherall recalled. “I’d been asked by Helen Maud, the live editor of the NME, to review one of their gigs and thought they were great, so I gave them a rave review. We met again a couple of weeks later in Heaven, and I got to know them and they asked if I wanted to have a go at remixing one of their tracks.”

Although Weatherall was a successful and influential club DJ, he admits that he was daunted at the prospect. “I’d only been in the studio a couple of times and was a bit hesitant at first”, he said. “I knew what I wanted to do with I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have, but I didn’t want to oftend them by stripping away the vocal and stuff. So I did a version and thought it was okay, but when I played it for them they looked disappointed and said: ‘We wanted it more screwed up than that. Do what you like. Don’t worry about us.’ So I went back and did what became Loaded.

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As the exhaustive new 15-disc David Bowie boxset, Loving The Alien, hits the streets, Long Live Vinyl lifts the lid on the period between 1983-88 when Bowie became a global pop megastar. Through exclusive interviews with Nile Rodgers, Carlos Alomar, Reeves Gabrels and Hugh Padgham, we bring you the inside story behind Bowie’s biggest decade, as well as an in-depth look at the reimagined Never Let Me Down 2018 album that’s the highlight of the new boxset. Elsewhere in this packed issue, we speak to Mark Lanegan about making his most spontaneous album to date with Duke Garwood; Hookworms reveal how they’ve become one of the UK’s most exciting live acts – while holding down day jobs; Cornershop look forward to their long-awaited new album; and Matt Berry kicks off the countdown to National Album Day. Dennis Morris tells us about his career photographing bona fide music legends including Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols; our Classic Album is Primal Scream’s 1991 collision of garage rock and dance music, Screamadelica; we round up 40 Essential Queen albums; and The Trip heads to Bordeaux on a French cratedigging adventure. If all that’s not enough, we bring you the widest range of new album, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand.