If like me, you sat watching the BRITs last night wondering why Liam Gallagher lobbed his 30th anniversary Best Album award into someone's lap, when he could have handed it back graciously and given it to a more deserving choice, then 'Screamdelica' (not even nominated) by Primal Scream would surely have been in the running. In short, it was a landmark album purely for its effect on a broad cross-section of listeners - hippies, students, bongheads, ravers, rockers and even myself loved the fusion of straight-up indie, dubbed-out chasms of sound and tweakin' club anthems (courtesy of Andrew Weatherall's top mixing).
Bobby Gillespie and co have decided the time is right to re-visit their finest hour with one gig at the London Olympia on November 27th. Tickets go on sale on Friday 26th Feb.
'Screamadelica' was not only a departure for music back in 1990, it was a departure for the band themselves who have undergone more changes in direction than a headless chicken. Starting out as a fey jingle-jangle band on Creation, leaving to go all Paisley-shirted and Byrds-like and then making this epic set seemed an unlikely prospect, especially when you remember the album that followed, the risible Stones-esque 'Give Out ' They left Creation before the label imploded and ended up releasing consistent sets including 'Vanishing Point' and 'XTRMNTR'.
But nothing compares to the highlights on 'Screamadelica', songs like 'Higher Than The Sun', 'Slip Inside This House', 'Come Together' and the huge 'Loaded' - let's hope the band stay true to the original arrangements and avoid the rockisms of their later material.