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Primal Scream

Like a musical version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," Scotland's Primal Scream have made a career of connecting the musical dots. Beginning in the mid-1980s as a Byrds-influenced Folk Pop group, they recorded a handful of singles and an album of well-crafted tunes that endeared them to the indie scene. They then moved on to embrace a tough blues swagger derived from the Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes until, like many English youth, the Scream were galvanized by the cultural earthquake that was Acid House. Their brilliant 1991 album Screamadelica is an absolute landmark, a seamless fusion of blissed-out House and swooning Pop created with the help of producer Andrew Weatherall. It's difficult to overestimate the impact of this album. Warmly embraced by both baggy-panted ravers and indie purists, it was many people's first exposure to electronic dance music. Primal Scream have continued to investigate the intersection of dance culture and Indie Rock, drawing on the worlds of House, Techno, big beat and Dub in their search for a more perfect groove.

Primal Scream Concert Films

  • Classic Album: Screamadelica

    Primal Scream

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 58 min

    This Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of this legendary album. There are contributions from all the band members, main producer Andrew Weatherall, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and many others involved in the creation of this masterpiece.

    Primal Scream's seminal album Screamadelica was released in 1991, and synthesized the band's rock 'n' roll roots with the dance culture of that time; for many, the album's sound and imagery came to be regarded as quintessential symbols of the acid house era, perfectly catching the spirit and mood of the early 90s.

    Using rare archive footage and special performances, this film tells the story of Screamadelica and its hit singles and dance anthems Loaded, Movin' On Up, Come Together and Don't Fight It, Feel It. From the formation of the band in Glasgow to winning the first-ever Mercury prize, the band members explain the record's inception with insights from main producer Andrew Weatherall, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and many others involved with or inspired by this joyful record.
     
     
  • Screamadelica -Live

    Primal Scream

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 18 min

    Primal Scream's seminal album "Screamadelica" defined a generation. It's mix of rock, dance, dub, gospel and more caught the zeitgeist of the early nineties to perfection and it went on to win the inaugural Mercury Music Prize in 1992 and consistently be named as "Best Album Of The Nineties" and appear in numerous "All Time Best Albums" lists. This show, filmed on November 26th 2010 at London's Olympia, was the first time that Primal Scream had performed the whole album live and it became one of the "must see" gigs of the year. The band was accompanied by a brass section and a gospel choir with back projections specially created for the event. The result was a stunning musical and visual triumph and proved, if it needed to be, that Screamadelica is one of the finest albums ever made and that Primal Scream are one of the truly great live bands.
     
     

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