by Primal Scream


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Few rock bands know more about vices than Scottish hellr-aisers Primal Scream. Ecstasy, heroin, booze -- front man Bobby Gillespie has done 'em all. These days Gillespie is clean but no less compulsive. So what do you do when your synapses are firing on overload without the aid of recreational pharmaceuticals? You go out and find yourself another habit, in Gillespie's case, politics. Primal Scream's XTRMNTR is a biting condemnation of government, capitalism, and complacency filled with both damning lyrics and beautiful noise. "Insecticide shots for criminal cops/All jails are concentration camps, all judges are bought," rails Gillespie on the fiercely funk title track. Such diatribes are expressed over throbbing electro-funk rhythms, computerized firestorms, and impulsive stabs of free jazz -- imagine Rage Against the Machine as a techno band. In contrast to Primal Scream's best-loved album, the definitive Madchester rave-rock platter SCREAMADELICA, the angry XTRMNTR builds upon the urgency and claustrophobia of the band's 1997 album, VANISHING POINT, which saw their interests fanning out to include Stones/Faces-inspired rock, dub, spy-flick cool, Southern soul, and more. "Blood Money" is a stealthy, horn-embellished instrumental that would have made the perfect soundtrack to a William Burroughs spy film. "Swastika Eyes" is a pulsing, industrial-disco barrage, and "Accelerator" sounds like the Stooges crossed with My Bloody Valentine -- in fact, MBV front man Kevin Shields provides production assistance on several tracks (so do the Chemical Brothers and the Automator), including the droning, mesmeric "Shoot Speed/Kill Light." Rarely have political albums sounded this disorientingly wonderful.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2000
Label: Astralwerks
UPC: 0724384926021
catalogNumber: 49260

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Primal Scream   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Primal Scream   Producer,Engineer
Alan Branch   Engineer
David Holmes   Producer
Jagz Kooner   Programming,Producer
Brendan Lynch   Producer
Hugoth Nicolson   Producer
Adrian Sherwood   Engineer
Andy Wilkinson   Engineer
Chemical Brothers   Producer
Dan the Automator   Producer
Steve Dub   Engineer
Keith Tenniswood   drum programming
Max Hayes   Engineer
Rusty Evans   Composer
Tim Goldsworthy   Programming
Victoria Pike   Composer

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