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Classic Album PRIMAL SCREAM SCREAMADELICA

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
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“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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