Primal Scream are a Scottish alternative rock band originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie and now based in London.
Twenty years and six albums after release will now Primal Scream play the whole "Screamadelica" from beginning to end. In addition to an expanded lineup, which among other things, includes a brass section and percussionist, so directed the concert of the Turner Prize nominee Jim Lambie and initiated by the legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall (who, among other things remixed Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux, New Order and others). This evening they stand on the stage at Münchenbryggeriet here in Stockholm.
As well as the revived Screamadelica tour, the band re-released the album in a 20th Anniversary edition on 14 March, with the remastering done by Bobby Gillespie and frequent collaborator, Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine.
Screamadelica is a studio album and was their first to be a commercial success. It was released on 23 September 1991. The album was released to widespread critical acclaim, and is frequently acknowledged as one of the best albums of the 1990s. Screamadelica also won the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992.
The album was a massive departure from the band's early indie rock sound, drawing inspiration from the house music scene (and associated drugs) that was becoming popular at the time of its production. The band enlisted house DJs Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley on producing duties, although the album also contained a wide range of other influences including gospel and dub.
The album's title track did not appear on the album itself; the ten minute dance track was also produced by Andrew Weatherall and sung by Denise Johnson. It appears on the Dixie Narco EP released in 1992, and is featured in the opening credits of the now rare Screamadelica VHS video tape.
The album cover for Screamadelica was painted by Creation Records' in-house artist Paul Cannell, who died in 2005. Screamadelica was among ten album covers chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of "Classic Album Cover" postage stamps issued in January 2010.
Todays tune "Movin' On Up" that opens up the album in C major and is similar in style to the Rolling Stones. The song features Bobby Gillespie's vocals in the verse section with a gospel chorus, accompanied throughout by acoustic guitar, electric guitar and percussion. The song borrows from the lyrics to Can's "Yoo Doo Right". The lyrics are similar to those of Amazing Grace. The single "Movin' on Up" was the band's breakthrough hit.
Primal Scream - Movin' On Up (Live on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2003)
Primal Scream - Movin' On Up (From "Screamadelica Live")
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