Can You Feel Your Hands? Can You Feel Your Feet?

Can you feel the rhythm?

Some songs that are ten minutes long fly by and some feel like they are ten minutes long, a journey to wherever the artist intends to take you. Screamadelica, the title track that wasn’t on the album of the same name, was recorded in Memphis with Weatherall and Nicholson at the controls and released on the Dixie Narco ep in 1992. It is ten minutes of blissful Balearic house accompanied by Denise Johnson’s vocals- ‘spaced out, star child, screamadelica’- and an array of found sounds and other voices. Slip inside.

Screamadelica

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Rama Lama Lama Fa Fa Fi

Released twenty five years ago this month Primal Scream’s fourth Screamadelica single was Don’t Fight It, Feel It. Where Loaded had been one of the key indie-dance triggers and Come Together was Weatherall’s gospel masterstroke and Higher Than The Sun was just so far out and gone, Don’t Fight It, Feel It was pretty much the closest they came to making house music (maybe Slip Inside This House shares that). DFIFI is wobbly house but house music nonetheless with a shuddering bassline, Denise Johnson’s wonderful vocals and bleeps and bloops and all manner of dancefloor sounds. The various single versions came with remixes including the even housier and barnstorming Scat Mix where Weatherall and Hugo Nicholson twist their own track inside out and upside down.

Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Scat Mix)

The song and others on Screamadelica caused ructions in the group no matter what Bobby told the press, guitarists walking out of studio sessions and people’s egos threatened by not being on certain tracks. They worked it all out for the live shows. This TV appearance on The Late Show shows how they got a guitar-led version of DFIFI going, with Throb working his way around house music on a Les Paul and Bobby sharing the vocals with Denise. Good stuff. And unlike The Stone Roses, they didn’t blow the sound meter and then shout abuse at Tracy McLeod.

A State Of Mind

I’ve flip-flopped around with Primal Scream’s RSD cover version of Mantra For A State Of Mind, starting off thinking it just sounds lazy, then liking it more (Jason Pierce’s guitar probably making the difference). The original S’Express version (from 1991) is pretty wonderful, discofied and then a housier last few minutes. As Craig at Plain Or Pan pointed out, it isn’t a million miles from Don’t Fight It, Feel It.

Mantra For A State Of Mind (Club Mix)

And just because I’m kind to you this is the Weatherall remix of Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em, Forget ‘Em, a loved up, piano and synth driven excursion with heavy breathing and airhorns, also from 1991.

Find ‘Em Fool ‘Em Forget ‘Em (The Eighth Hour Mix)

Musicaaaaa!!!!

Those early 90s Andrew Weatherall remixes have been hanging around my stereo a lot recently- there’s something about them that is really pushing my buttons right now. You probably guessed that. There are two remixes of Jah Wobble’s Bomba, from his Invaders Of The Heart period (with Natacha Atlas on vocals and in the picture above). The Miles Away Mix is a glorious acid house riot, from the marching band fanfare that opens it to the shouts of ‘Musicaaaaaaa’ and the almost chaotic clash of rhythms and sounds. Played loud it sounds like the maddest moment of the best party you went to. Slinky and sexy. The bass playing is superb too, obvs.

Bomba (Miles Away Mix)

Throb

There was sad news yesterday with an announcement via Mani on Twitter that Robert ‘Throb’ Young had died. Throb was guitarist with Primal Scream from the second album through to 2006. The guitar on I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have and Movin’ On Up, the slide guitar on the bluesier Screamadelica songs and Loaded, the vocals on Slip Inside This House, the killer riff on Jailbird, Medication, Vanishing Point… the list goes on. Lifelong friend of Bobby Gillespie he joined Primal Scream on bass but soon switched to guitar and nudged them towards rock ‘n’ roll and away from 80s indie. Throb left in 2006 due to ‘personal difficulties’ and his appearances in the Screamadelica anniversary film two years ago suggested some of those problems persisted.

RIP Throb

This is the epic ten minute title track from Screamadelica that didn’t actually appear on Screamadelica but on the Dixie-Narco e.p. ‘Spaced out, star child, screamadelica…’

Screamadelica

Megalithic

Usually our holidays consist of loads of day trips, often dragging the kids around historical sites. This time we managed to slow right dooooown, and spent several days not even leaving the campsite, just taking in the sun, reading, using the pool, paddling in the river, canoeing, drinking, talking to the Dutch (who must be the friendliest nation in Europe. Except for the 17 year old cock who called Isaac a ‘fucking mongoloid’ at some volume from within the safety of his tent. We had words me and him, I nearly lost it). But we were here a few days ago- I love a good prehistoric site and Carnac is as big as they come in Europe. Thousands of standing stones spread over a mile or two, many of them in lines (les alignements), a good few dolmen as well. Very impressive. It’s a shame that in high season you can’t actually walk around the stones. There are guided tours but the ones in English are at 11am on a Tuesday and a Friday. Still, you can get close enough.

No prehistoric posting should be without a Julian Cope track should it? This one, Beautiful Love, was given a very 1991 remix by Hugo Nicholson (who co-engineered Screamadelica and went out big style on tour in Australia with Primal Scream, seen looking for the Sydney Opera House’s steering wheel). From the days when a remix completely took a song apart to make something new.

Love L.U.V.