John Lennon and Yoko Ono underwent Arthur Janov's Primal Scream Therapy in the early 70s. It wasn't easy, after all, being Beatle John. His semi-debut album John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band was a primal combination of raw self-examination and some screams hear (sic) and there. (Yoko already had screams in her vast vocal repertoire). I don't know if the therapy worked or not, since the Ono-Lennons went through a lot of stuff in the subsequent years - they certainly didn't look theraputed.

When Double Fantasy came out, years later, my main impression was of how Lennon had wimped out. But then I listened to "Mother" and "Well Well Well" and "I Found Out" from that first LP, and figured he had earned his Mr. Mom domestic bliss songs. Nobody told me there'd be days like these. Strange days, indeed.

The psychedelic British dance group Primal Scream began in 1984 as a jangly guitar-pop side-project for Jesus and Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie. After releasing a few singles and landing a deal with Creation Records in 1985, Gillespie quit the 'Chain and recruited guitarists Andrew Innes and Robert Young for his new band, which released their full-length debut, Sonic Flower Groove, in 1987. Shifting from Byrd-style pop to Rolling Stones-influenced rock for a 1989 eponymous release, the group noticed the growing influence of techno in British music and asked DJ Andrew Weatherall to remix their track "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have." Completely altering the style of the single, Weatherall retitled the track "Loaded" and released it to club audiences. It became an underground hit in the U.K., prompting the group to continue their collaboration with Weatherall on their 1991 breakthrough album Screamadelica. The record's unique blend of acid house, dub and rock made waves in Britain, bringing techno dance music into the mainstream.

Strangely, the band departed from their trend-setting sound on their 1993 follow-up Give Out But Don't Give Up, an R&B-influenced hard rock album. I quite like the album, it isn't all great, but there are some classic rock tracks on their, including Rocks, and the song used in a Levis commercial, Jailbird. However, it was lambasted by critics and fans, the group returned to their older sound with a cut on the 1996 Trainspotting soundtrack, and continued their dance-rock fusion experiments on their 1997 album, Vanishing Point, a darker album which marked the debut of ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani with Primal Scream. That album was influenced by the cult movie of the same name and the song Kowalski included samples from the movie. This was the album that drew me to Primal Scream and if you like varied and interesting music, I highly recommend you give it a listen. In between all the psychedelia, there is a straight slow rock song Star and the excellent hard rock number Medication.

They then followed this up with an album of remixes entitled Echo Dek, and their latest album was released in March 2000, named Xtrmntr. I haven't heard it yet (haven't found it here in South Africa yet), so I can't give an impression on it.

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