Primal Scream are back with a hot new album and single featuring Sky Ferreira. Celebrate the Scream by cribbing up on 50 little-known nuggets of info about their enigmatic lead singer, beginning with the fact that he started out as a roadie for new wave pop band Altered Images. Lead singer Clare Grogan often referred to him as ‘Bobo’. He keeps that one quiet.
Primal Scream’s classic third album ‘Screamadelica’ has been released as part of a set of 10 1st class British stamps celebrating iconic album covers.
Bobby Gillespie was part of a benefit album the called ‘Rock The Dock’, created to raise money and awareness of the Dock workers in Liverpool.
He’s the son of a politician, Bob Gillespie, a former Labour Party candidate.
Bobby Gillespie is the owner of a bow tie which once belonged to Johnny Thunders.
One of his sons is named after the singer of The Cramps, Lux Interior.
Primal Scream have been great stalwarts of film soundtracks, going in to bat for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Trainspotting, The Acid House and Kick-Ass.
Their 1994 single ‘Funky Jam’ was included on the soundtrack of an episode of Baywatch in 1996.
A year after ‘Screamadelica’ was released it was nominated and won the inaugural Mercury Music Prize in 1992.
Johnny Rotten is one of Bobby’s heroes, and was one reason why he wanted to start a band.
One of Bobby Gillespie’s favourite gigs was The Clash at Glasgow Apollo.
For the music video for 1997 single ‘Kowalski’ band members blew £4,000 on a replica of a Dodge Challenger from one of their favourite films, ‘Vanishing Point’ (also the title of the ensuing album).
Primal Scream’s ‘The Lord Is My Shotgun’, from 2002 album ‘Evil Heat’, featured a guest appearance from Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant.
Somewhat implausibly, Bobby went to Elton John’s wedding.
Bobby’s middle name is Bernard.
Bobby G’s favourite Nirvana album is their third and final studio release ‘In Utero’.
Our Bobby shares a birthday with Meryl Streep.
Another alarming Gillespie fact: he loves playing free iPhone app Derby Quest Horse Racing.
And he’s bang into conspiracy theories about Princess Diana’s death.
Bobby Gillespie’s reason behind changing the track title ‘Bomb The Pentagon’ to ‘Rise’ was, “It wasn’t that good anyway”.
When asked his son’s age, Bobby said, “He was born in 2004, so what’s that? Eight or nine?”
Always a health freak, Bobby takes vitamin D supplements.
Bobby went to Kings Park secondary school, where he met Robert ‘Throb’ Young. They used to bang dustbin lids together.
In 1990 ‘Loaded’ mixes made it to number 5 in the UK Dancefloor Chart.
In 2001, Elastica’s Justine Frischmann told NME that Bobby couldn’t cope as a human being, that he couldn’t feed himself and was too paranoid to answer the door. The band refuse to talk to her today.
Primal Scream have admitted to keeping cuttings of outlandish press stories about themselves.
Primal Scream have apparently done a lot of work in children’s refugee camps in Palestine, but they don’t like to talk about it.
Kylie Minogue asked the band to write her a song. They turned down this inviting offer as they were – legendarily – in such a bad state at the time.
The band aim to play their songs with as much conviction and passion as possible. Catch any of their gigs and you’ll take the point.
Primal Scream say they try to incorporate theatre into their music.
They wrote the song “Suicide Sally And Johnny Guitar” for a laugh. A pretty archetypal ‘Scream title though.
Bobby claimed that a coat he once wore was a genuine Nazi leather trench coat.
The bands are extremely anti-American politics.
During the recording of 1991’s ‘Screamadelica’ Primal Scream branched out musically with the help of Andrew Weatherall and the Boy’s Own team and also became more focused on and interested in making music videos.
Bobby styled himself as “as bad as Iggy, with a capacity for drugs that could leave Keith Richards gurning in horror.”
‘Velocity Girl’ – the 1986 song that appeared on NME’s seminal C86 tape – was written about 60s model and actress Edie Sedgwick.
In the past they’ve claimed to be influenced by The Rolling Stones, The Stooges, The Byrds, MC5, Love, Sly Stone and Prince.
“Last time music really did anything inflammatory was when the Sex Pistols got to number one with ‘God Save The Queen’ during Jubilee week and the BBC lied and said it was number two.” – Bobby Gillespie.
Kate Moss guest starred on ‘Evil Heat’ track ‘Some Velvet Morning’.
In 2001, Bobby was found shouting at a tannoy at Chalk Farm tube station.
Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth has joined the band on covers of songs by The Troggs and The Stooges.
Will Sergeant from Echo and the Bunnymen played on the track ‘When The Bomb Drops’ from 2006 album ‘Riot City Blues’.
Primal Scream’s record company were anxious about releasing ‘Loaded’ in America because they thought they’d be sued by Peter Fonda. A sample of Fonda had been taken from the movie The Wild Angels, so the album was sent to him via his sister Jane Fonda for his approval.
Andrew Innes on Myspace: “I think [Myspace] is a bit like opening a can of worms. If I start, I don’t know if I’d be able to stop. I don’t have a PlayStation for the same reason.”
Andrew’s great-grandfather was involved in the formation of the Independent Labour Party in Glasgow.
Primal Scream’s second album was accused of being schizophrenic, as it was a vast contrast from debut ‘Sonic Flower Groove’. Its hard rock edge proved just a detour, with the band veering sharply off-piste again on ‘Screamadelica’.
In 2011 the band took to the stage for a benefit gig (Justice Tonight) in London’s Scala with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and The Farm.
At the age of 15, Andrew Innes, Alan McGee and Bobby were in a punk band which involved Bobby rolling around on the floor. Years later McGee signed them to Creation Records.
Alan McGee and Bobby have been close friends since childhood.
Bobby’s dad is a Marxist. Pick up this week’s NME for the full story of the band’s furiously political new album.