Another album with an appearance by the Memphis Horns – those boys sure do get around!
This is a long way from being my favourite Primal Scream album, but somebody bought it for me as a birthday present – and records that I’ve received as gifts are always treasured more than any of my other records.
This album was seen as a return to form after Give Out But Don’t Give Up, but that album was my favourite era of Primal Scream. I can understand why the clubbing and Ecstacy fans of Screamadelica were turned off by it, but Give Out… speaks to the rocker in me. Listening to Vanishing Point, you can hear the natural progression from Screamadelica. In retrospect, the odd-sounding rock album in-between just seems like a misstep.
I do like the strange messages scratched into the run-out grooves on this album. Side A has quotes from the film Vanishing Point: “THE QUESTION’S NOT WHEN THEY’RE GONNA’ STOP…” on side A, followed by “…BUT WHO’S GONNA’ STOP THEM” on side B. Side C has “FREE TITCH”; and side D has “SOMEDAY THIS L.P.’S GONNA END, SON”.
Hidden Gem: Get Duffy
Wikipedia tells me that this album was the final LP released on Creation Records. I don’t remember that at the time – I definitely remember Creation folding, but I think I bought this purely for Kill All Hippies, a great song I would regularly play in my Saturday night DJ set at Oldham’s 38 Bar / The Castle.
I must have met Primal Scream (and ex-Stone Roses) bassist Mani not long after this album was released, down in the basement bar of Corbieres in Manchester’s St. Anne’s Square. He signed my cigarette packet – which I still have – and as I’m not a fan of the band he’s more well known for, his bass playing for Primal Scream will always remind me of that chance encounter. His bass playing on this album, especially Blood Money, is noteworthy – it’s like he’s playing his own tune, keeping the bass driving forward regardless of what the rest of the band are doing.
This version of Primal Scream isn’t my favourite. It’s a bit – dare I sound like an old man – noisy and tuneless. It’s also not the most popular thing to say, but my favourite version of Primal Scream is the Give Out But Don’t Give Up version – where they’re practically doing everything right to appeal to my classic rock leanings. That album almost sounds like a Black Crowes record, and although I’d like them to record another album like that, I guess you just have to admit that they’re a continually evolving band – probably one of the most genre-shifting bands in the last couple of decades.
Hit: Swastika Eyes (Jagz Kooner Mix)
Hidden Gem: Keep Your Dreams