Primal Scream started in Glasgow in 1984 because Love, The Stooges and Johnny Thunders (circa 73) existed before. It took them a year to release their first single 'All Fall Down' as Bobby was spending most of his time touring with The Jesus And Mary Chain. The next single 'Crystal Crescent' was the perfect pop anthem of 86.
'Sonic Flower Groove', their debut LP, followed in, September 87 during the brief time Primal Scream spent on WEA through Alan McGee's Elevation label. Tracks like the moody melodic 'Gentle Tuesday' and the glorious 'Imperial' reflected perfectly the atmosphere of the album.
It took the group almost two years to release something new, but 'Ivy Ivy Ivy' was a glorious comeback. Primal Scream were adopting a raw, wild guitar sound contrasting with dreamy Beach Boys harmonies. The following self-titled LP, released in September 1989, delivered the same kind of gems.
At that time, a lot of clubs, including 'Shoom', started. Primal Scream got involved in that scene and with the help of their friend Andy Yeatherall, now one of the most influential DJs and producers in the world, reworked completely a beautiful ballad from their last LP.
'Loaded', released in February 90, was an instant club Anthem of that time, and climbed steadily up the Gallup charts to peak at 16. The follow-up 'Come Together', a perfect summer record, went top 20.
It became obvious that, by urging the nation to get 'Loaded', Primal Scream came up with the first genuine rock/dance crossover of the nineties, a whole League of bands trying to emulate them.
Primal Scream partied all winter before going into the studio and recording a whole LP in 6 weeks. The first single 'Higher Than the Sun',mixed by The Orb, hit the shops in May. This slow, atmospheric, spatial blues went top 40 with no exposure.
For the first time for more than 18 months, Primal Scream hit the road. Boys Own Hugo Nicolson, ex-Felt keyboardist Martin Duffy and vocalist Denise Johnson joined Bobby Gillespie (vocals), Robert Young (guitar), Andrew Innes (guitar), Henry Olsen (bass) and Toby (drums) for "45 minutes of total Rock'n'Roll show". Support was provided by DJs The Orb and Andrew Weatherall. The Primal Scream extravaganza was an amazing success, creating an obvious connection between Sly Stone, The New York Dolls, John Lennon, The Stones and The Nineties' Club culture.
Their next single 'Don't Fight It', a great club track with a distinctive disco feeling, was followed by the LP 'Screamadelica' in September 91. preceded by an impressive collection of rave reviews, it entered the charts at Number 8.
Primal Scream went to Japan before touring Britain again, attracting more rave reviews. The impact of 'Screamadelica' was confirmed when the LP topped all the end of the year charts.
The 'Dixie-Narco' EP, including 'Movin' On Up', a Stonian gem produced by Jimmy "Jumpin' Jack Flash" Miller, was released in January 92 and went straight into the Gallup Charts at 12, peaking at 11.
Primal Scream toured the states in February, where 'Movin' On Up' gave them a "hot tip" status, before playing some sell-out British dates, including an all-night extravaganza at Brixton Academy at the end of March with an 'All Star DJ Cast' including Andy Wetherall, Mark Moore, Paul Oakenfield and The Orb.
"Who was best at Glastonbury? We'll give you a clue: it was Primal Scream" said the NME about the group's presentation at the festival. "Official - The Scream Are Satanic" added Select. Since then, Primal Scream have played some European Festivals and concentrated on writing new material.
'Screamadelica' was selected for the 10 records for the first ever Mercury Music Prize, destined to be the musical equivalent of The Booker prize for literature, alongside LPs by U2, Simply Red etc.... Described by the jury as the most representative album of 91, it won the prize to unanimous critical approval: "an obvious choice" according to the Financial Times, while The Independent noted that "with chart success to add to their hard won credibility, Primal Scream are one of the best representatives of the combination of rock guitars and dance rhythms that characterises current pop fashion."