Nice review. Been reading about these White Hills a fair bit over on Julian Copes Headheritage site. Riffs are what makes the world go round and the birds fly in the sky.
Nice to see we share the same surname and place of living. This name obviously not being my real one. What bit of Essex are you from?
at the Kings Cross freebie show? Excellent night all round from the free vodka coctails to the sweaty gig down front. Put my faith back in them that did.
some sounded great at the album launch t'other night. Great gig. New album could be a make or break affair for long term fans.
well done. Are these the only responses to this article? Usually there's a Scream slagging fest of some sort. It's all very genteel so far.
having each album sound different. Why get stuck in a rut? It's all about a great band knowing who to work with to achieve the best poss results. The demo of Higher Than The Sun proves they had the idea prior to Weatherall/Orb coming on board. Agree about their default setting of trad rock though, esp on RCB (but GOBDGU I loved)
What a guy! Good to let him speak for a change.
I got him to kiss my Scream sun tattoo down the Heavenly Social bar one time then ended up talking about brown cordoruy pants with yellow piping......or something. Quite a character.
The new album could be an interesting time for them. I just hope it's decent. Seems to have got an average 3 out of 5 rating from the monthly mags.
apart from Bobs floppy progress down the corridor, and wall banging. Lovely colours. The song is a grower. I hated it at first a little while back.
Kind of a pop version of their Accelerator/Skull X type vibe (but not as good)
Says they're a producers band. Screamadelica being Weatherall not Scream. I tell him to shut up and give him a chinese burn ;) They just know the right people to get on board at the right time. Pretty savvy I'd say.
NOTE TO LUKE TURNER - was you at the right gig? Royal Festival Hall wasn't it? Why were you at the Albert Hall? (see top of review)
heartily agree with that MC5 love fest! But the comment about Primal Scream being a blank canvass......is that a bad thing??? Sometimes a great thing when the outcome is Screamadelica/Vanishing Point/XTRMNTR, surely. Never underestimate the creative force that is Andrew Innes though! Just coz Bob is the face of the band doesn't mean it's all his work.
Rev - once again, feeling the passion brother!
Depending on what the new album is like the (d) may be lost from that statement. They've been a big part of my life since 1991 but even I can see they're on the slide and have been since after the Evil Heat tours. Their shows have become a tad predictable and RCB was embarrassing as are most of Bobs lyrics these days. I'm holding out hope that the new album isn't 'turkey of the year' as two naff albums on the trot is kind of worrying. Their XTRMNTR period was on fire and possibly a peak for them.
Whilst Turners review is a bit childish with regards the 'age' of MC5 (or MC3, oh how witty) he does hit the nail on the head with this comment It’s hugely frustrating, for when they push themselves into more exotic directions, "Primal Scream are undeniably one of the most visceral bands this country has produced in the past two decades", He obviously does have some respect for them but not when they're acting out the lazy rnr fantasy they're prone to do.
I wasn't at the show (but wished I was)so have no idea if his last paragraph is either true or a pile of bitter poop.
It's only one reviewers opinion for Gods sake. If you had a great time at the gig then you know it was good so live with it.
There, all said with not a cunt, prick or fucker in sight. Oh no, hang on.....
Would you get captured by Shields then submitted to 24hrs of guitar holocaust.....with no earplugs?
I went on Sat night, totally loved it but didn't wear earplugs throughout, chucked them away during YMMR whilst full of drunken bravado.
Some people have said you could hear more melodies and the like with earplugs in. Is that so?
Wish I was going tonight, sober, with earplugs.
3 absolute classic albums as mentioned. The rest is a mixture of great, good, annoying. The slaggings they get aren't justified imo but then we can't all like the same stuff can we.
Rev - I notice you pop up on here in defence of the Scream every so often, well done. (Albert aka johnnyboy from the other place we ramble in)
Urban Guerilla is a cover of a Hawkwind song (as stated at the top) so therefore not Gillespies lyrics. At least he can read eh.
Apparently it's only going to be a B-side so best not judge the album on it.
but then didn't purchase in the end. Why oh why??!! Probably because I'm happy with my ticket for 21st at the Roundhouse.....whilst secretly hoping they fuck up something awful for these 'rehearsal shows'. I mean whats a fucking rehearsal show?? Do that in private, behind closed doors, get the rustiness all out the system and then bludgeon everyone at the Roundhouse with it. No doubt after it's all done and dusted the ICA crowd will be saying "yeah the Roundhouse was good but the ICA shows were so much better....."
AKA Sonic Boom
AKA Peter Gunn (name adopted for the Sound Of Confusion LP)
rather that than being the same old same old. 25 years is a long while to be around so why not try on a few hats. I like hats. I doff mine to some of the genius sounds they've put out.
do I win a prize?
Yeah he had, Mani joined 2 albums before at Vanishing Point. I reckon Bob is the one to blame for RCB what with his penchant for rock n roll cliche "high energy rock n rol MC5, New York Dolls blah de blah" - except it doesn't sound like that mate.
New single is more of an XTRMNTR/Evil Heat vibe but with all the danger and energy sucked out only to be replaced with Killers style synths and the whiff of "please let us have a hit" about it all.
not Dirty Heat, but that sounds kinda good as well. That album had it's moments, like Deep Hit Of Morning Sun, Skull X, Detroit, Scanner Darkly and that. Riot City Blues was a bit of a joke and now this new single. Fuck me it's a big big let down. Thank God they've got Screamadelica, Vanishing Point & XTRMNTR in their catalogue, 3 solid gold classics that make me remember why I loved them in the first place.
and it's shit (and I'm a very disappointed fan)
through those pink knickers in Lost In Translation. Oh to keep her company in that lonely hotel room. I'd cuddle her from behind whilst yelling Going Out West in her ear.
Right that's my Loaded man reaction out the way.
Her lipstick was far too glossy in that advert where she's in the chair. But am I reacting against the idea of them being perfect bj lips. Hmmmmm.
Hungover and pervy, great Friday combo.
braved the downpour to pop round there. Just put your name, email address and mobile number down on the list and, hey presto, get a wristband. Easy. The actual day is a bank holiday as well.
Now, how to sell it on....
apparently. I'm off round there in a bit in my lunch hour.
Spotted Jason in Spitalfields market last Thursday browsing the antique stalls. Wrap around shades, silver trainers. Quite a dude that man is.
the 'Eels' episode was excellent....then it went a bit wonky, apart from the Crack Fox one and the Jazz virus. The one with the Horrors was cack....as was the crimp one.
I just got it on DVD for my birthday. May get a play once in a while. At least it means I can delete them all from my V+ box, thus freeing up space for the new Heroes season.
As for the Hop Farm Festival. Comedy? In a field? Phrrrrrt.
I mean Silver Apples of course
is, indeed, the above. Truly amazing. I find Dummy to be a dated listen after listening to this one. I expected to dislike Machine Gun after hearing it thru a tinny TV when it was on the Late Night Review (?? was it ??) but it's a great song. I like the johnny rat post above mentioning the drum riff. Could overtake 7 Nation Army in that sense ;)
Makes me want to dig out Mezzanine for another listen, just to compare them.
We Carry On is the one for me. Very Slver Apples. Good review.
would have to go with the Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere crowd over Ragged Glory but then I suppose you had to pick a more 'modern one' lest it just be a nostalgic trip back to his 60's/70's heyday.
Can you do a Tom Waits list now please.
.....of albums to get. Rough Trade have it as a ltd 2 disc editions with 3 bonus tracks. ltd to 200 copies. Nearly picked it up this lunchtime but thought I'd let the missus treat me to it.
I only have Rubber Factory & The Big Come Up. What's the next best one to get oh big Keys fans? Thickfreakness?
Stack Shot Billy is rotating in my head since playing it this morn.
I was travelling between 1996 and 1997 but recall picking up Vanishing Point on cassette in Jakata. Listened to it on headphones overlooking a bustling alleyway full of aromas and exotic goings on and thought "what the fuck, the Scream are back!!".
The rest of that 96-97 travelling period was cassettes on Walkmans or stereos. Ah, the pre-ipod days!
What year was Dig Your Own Hole? That got good coverage in Australia and Bali. The Aussies went nuts for Prodigy around that time as well.
I was reading this article thinking where's the Vanishing Point comments, I'll have to do one, then read this one. Well done. An absolute classic of an album and one that was ranked alonside Ladies & Gentlemen and OK Computer at the time. People neglect the impact Primal Scream had with that and the later XTRMNTR album. Genius in a word.
crap cover, overrated band, moody sods.
pretty darn boring and nothing special, isn't it? Just had a listen on that link. If the album is similar then I don't think I'll bother. Shame.
I've no idea what one of those is.
What goes on in there then? Outdoors gig or inside a marguee tent thing. Don't they know that England is submerged in rain around June? As for that price tag.......
The don't look back gigs are a great idea that set the mind into overload thinking about what other classics you'd love to see. I saw the Funhouse gig which blew me away. Loveless would be a great way for MBV to do a live return. How about Galaxie 500 doing On Fire or Royal Trux Accelerator? The list goes on......