Here She Comes Again

rimal Scream’s 1986 B-side Velocity Girl is a perfect piece of guitar pop- bright, spindly, quickly strummed guitars rushing all over the place and Bobby Gillespie’s tribute to the girl with ‘vodka in her veins’. The song is short, just eighty eight seconds long, but has had a huge influence. It was a cornerstone of C86 and on hearing it John Squire went away and rethought how he played guitar and wrote songs (Made Of Stone being one obvious result).

Primal Scream are about to release another best of compilation and unlike 2003’s Dirty Hits which took Loaded as the starting point the new singles album , called somewhat depressingly Maximum Rock & Roll, goes back to their roots with Velocity Girl, Gentle Tuesday, Imperial and Ivy Ivy Ivy all included this time around. Velocity Girl is to be put out as a 7″ single too so if you missed out first time around, time to get down the record shop and pick a copy up. Douglas Hart has made a video for Velocity Girl, combining footage of Edie Sedgwick with Bobby miming to camera in 2019 (I think I would have been happy with more Edie and less Bobby or at least Edie and a 1986 Bobby). Velocity Girl, it goes without saying, is a fucking fantastic song.

In July 1986 Primal Scream did a session for Janice Long and recorded this version of Velocity Girl, a version which has an extra verse that just about takes it to the two minute mark.

Velocity Girl (Janice Long Session)

Dirty Stop Out

This isn’t much more than a minor footnote in Mick Jones’ back catalogue but back in 2008 he was involved in a cd released by a group called Dirty Stop Out. The threepiece were a musical outlet for Joe Corre and Luca Mainardi, Mick mainly contributing guitar. Joe Corre is best known as the owner of posh bra and knicker manufacturer Agent Provocateur and the group soundtracked one of the brand’s fashion shows. Corre is also the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood so grew up in the rock ‘n’ roll rag trade. Bobby Gillespie, Chris Spedding and Dot Allison were among those also involved. Dirty Stop Out played at the Raymond Revue Bar and bashed out revved up electroclash-rockabilly, not a million miles from Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s sound, with songs like Tie Me Up, Sin City and Kinky Melody while younger women danced and removed layers of clothing. This video was made by former Mary Chainer Douglas Hart and while fairly tame probably isn’t safe for work (depending on where you work). Apache Girl was the B-side of Tie Me Up, a 7″ single and also on an album Agent Provocateur put out called, get yourself ready for this, Cuntro Classics Volume 1.

Jesus Creation


‘The sun comes up another day begins

And I don’t even worry ’bout the state I’m in’
The Jesus and Mary Chain have appeared here several time before. I make no apologies for that. They’re one of the best bands ever. From the Creation roster you can make claims for Primal Scream (and I’d agree with you about several/many of their records), claims for My Bloody Valentine (and I’d concede some points there too), claims for other minor players (The Loft, The Weather Prophets, The Pastels, The Telescopes, The House Of Love say) and claims for Oasis (if you’re an idiot), but Jim and William Reid’s feedback drenched pop makes them the original and archetypal Creation band, even if not actually many of their records came out on Creation. And they may only have written one song but it’s a great, great song.

This is from an October 1984 Peel Session as played by the original JAMC line up of the Reids, bassist Douglas Hart and ‘drummer’ Bobby Gillespie. The Peel Session also featured In A Hole, You Trip Me Up and Taste The Floor. Never Understand would become their second single.