Personalities | Primal Scream | Nineties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1982–present)

Glaswegian Bobby Gillespie was the drummer in The Jesus And Mary Chain before forming Primal Scream in 1982. Early releases paid tribute to the 1960s sound of The Byrds and Love before beginning to steer towards Cult-like rock territory on second album Primal Scream (1989). Discovering the acid-house scene was a revelation to the now stable line-up of Gillespie (vocals), Andrew Innes (guitar), Robert Young (guitar), Martin Duffy (keyboards), Henry Olsen (bass) and Philip ‘Toby’ Tomanov (drums). Crafting material with and for remixers, singles like ‘Loaded’ and ‘Come Together’ were 1990 club and chart anthems. Screamadelica (1991) was as compelling a classic as The Stone Roses’ debut (their Mani soon joined the band on bass). The band returned to rock with Give Out, But Don’t Give Up (1994) and further dub-like sonic explorations on Vanishing Point (1997). Restless explorations yielded techno guitar fuzz of XTRMTR (2000) and reversion to rock fare on Riot City Blues (2006) and Beautiful Future (2008).

Styles & Forms | Nineties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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