Frontman also claims he is sure Prime Minister David Cameron took drugs
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has attacked the Conservative government and the lack of anger toward them from the current generation of rock bands.
Gillespie made the comments in a new interview with The Guardian, calling Mayor of London Boris Johnson a “sinister right-wing cunt” and expressed his disappointment that people born after the punk movement in the UK have not grown up to represent the non-sexist, non-racist ideals he had hoped they would.
Taking aim at the government in the UK as well as a perceived lack of protest music being made by British musicians, Gillespie said: “We’re living in extreme times and if you listened to modern rock music you wouldn’t know that. I just think it’s odd there’s no protest, resistance or critique of what’s going down. It’s like people are tranquilised. All the rights people had fought for – people like trade unionists, anarchists, artists – are being clawed back by extremists. These people [in charge] aren’t rational thinkers. Someone like Boris Johnson hides behind that bumbling public schoolboy image but he’s a sinister right-wing cunt trying to bring in anti-strike legislation, we’ve got to fight these fucking people!”
Speaking to the paper about how he feels let down by how the country has failed to move into a mindset that punk suggested was possible, Gillespie went onto say: “For me, punk meant more than just some seven-inch records and good memories of seeing The Clash at the Apollo,” he says. “For us it was the start of a creative life. I thought people touched by punk would become enlightened, non-sexist, non-racist, rational people. But not everybody will go through those phases as young people and take the same things from it. Someone like David Cameron … he’s 42, 43, he would have been ripe for acid house, but it just didn’t affect him. I’m sure these guys took drugs, had the odd line, you know, but that’s a different thing. We were doing it to get a poetic, psychedelic experience … to get some spiritual insight. The revolutions that touched our lives could never touch someone like David Cameron.”
Primal Scream release their 10th studio album ‘More Light’ on May 6. The band will headline one night of a week of special gigs at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust next week (March 21). The shows have been curated by Noel Gallagher with Echo and The Bunnymen joining Primal Scream on the bill.