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 year career. Fronted by former Jesus & Mary Chain's Bobby Gillespie with Andrew Innes (guitar), Robert Young (guitar), ex-Felt keyboardist Martin Duffy (keyboards) and Stone Roses bass guitarist Robert 'Mani' Mounfield, they signed to Alan McGee's Creation Records in 1985.
The band's 1987 debut LP ‘Sonic Flower Groove’ was influenced by The Byrds, Velvet Underground and the C86 scene. The album set the tone for a musical style that would define the following decade and pave the way for bands like the Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays.
Their follow-up album ‘Primal Scream’ witnessed a musical progression for the band, but it was 1991's Mercury Music Prize winning ‘Screamadelica’ which became their landmark release, changing the face of British pop music with its mix of dance, dub, techno, acid house and rock.
They returned in 1994 with ‘Give Out but Don't Give Up’ which featured the hit single 'Rocks', but with 1997's ‘Vanishing Point’ they created a more complex dynamic sound of the indie-genre, re-establishing the group as a major force in British rock.
Two Top Ten albums followed; 'XTRMNTR’ in 2000 and ‘Evil Heat’ in 2002, flaunting a greater electronic feel. Evil Heat also featured guest appearances by Kate Moss and Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. In 2003 they released their ‘Dirty Hits’ collection, a retrospective of their career to date.
In June 2005, Primal Scream played a controversial set at the Glastonbury Festival, throughout which Gillespie was playfully abusive to the crowd and was alleged to have made Nazi salutes during the song "Swastika Eyes".
They released ‘Rock City Blues’ in June 2006, which reached number five in the charts, and featured hit single ‘Country Girl’. A live DVD of the album’s tour followed in 2007.
On July 21 2008, Primal Scream released a new album called ‘Beautiful Future’, and are still going strong to this day.
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