Rock mavericks Primal Scream on tour

COLIN WILSON Legendary rock'n'roll mavericks Primal Scream bring their sold-out UK tour to the UEA, Norwich, this Saturday night.


Legendary rock'n'roll mavericks Primal Scream bring their sold-out UK tour to the UEA, Norwich, this Saturday night.

Formed in 1984 and winners of the first-ever Mercury Music Prize for 1991's Screamadelica, Primal Scream have influenced a generation of fans over their 20-plus year career.

Fronted by former Jesus and Mary Chain's Bobby Gillespie with Andrew Innes (guitar), Robert Young (guitar), Martin Duffy (keyboards) and Stone Roses bass guitarist Robert “Mani” Mounfield, they signed to Alan McGee's Creation Records in 1985 and the rest is history.

Beginning a career that has spanned 18 hit singles, the band's 1987 debut LP Sonic Flower Groove introduced the band and also set the tone for a musical style that would define the following decade and pave the way for bands such as the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays.

Their follow-up album, Primal Scream, witnessed a musical progression for the band, but it was Screamadelica which became their landmark release. The album changed the face of British pop music with its kaleidoscope fusion of dance, dub, techno, acid house and rock, putting Primal Scream at the top of their game.

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They returned in 1994 with Give Out But Don't Give Up which was recorded in Nashville and featured the hit single, Rocks, but it was 1997's Vanishing Point that re-established the group as a major force in British rock.

Two top 10 albums followed - XTRMNTR and Evil Heat in 2000 and 2002 respectively boasting a greater electronic feel and new musical direction for the band. In 2003 they released their Dirty Hits collection, a retrospective of their career to date.

Bobby Gillespie and Primal Scream returned earlier this year with their greatest rockn'n'roll album yet, Riot City Blues, which featured the top five hit Country Girl and follow-up single Dolls.

Support comes from Dundonian four-piece the View who crashed into the charts at number 15 with their debut single Wasted Little DJs in August.

2006 has also seen the View spark great interest following their live performance at Radio 1's Big Weekend in their hometown of Dundee on Zane Lowe's recommendation, and then going on to play at T in the Park, along with other festivals. They have toured with the likes of Babyshambles and We Are Scientists.

The band decamped to rural Yorkshire in May to nail their debut album in two weeks flat with producer Owen Morris (producer of the Verve's seminal Northern Soul and Oasis' debut Definitely Maybe) at the helm. With all superfluous detail cast aside, the band produced an album full of over-driven pure pop thrills. Fast and thrilling, and fuelled by an almost cocky first-take attitude, the album is set for release in early 2007.

Doors 7-10pm. Tickets - returns only, telephone 01603 508050.

t Primal Scream play a sold-out gig at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday.

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