Saturday, 21 March 2015

REWIND: Primal Scream - 'Accelerator'

Just over 15 years ago, Primal Scream released their sixth studio album, the heavy, dissonant 'XTRMNTR', which reached number 3 in the album chart. "All vowels are fascist, man, everyone knows that" said Bobby Gillespie when explaining the consonant-heavy title. Whether vowels are indeed fascist is yet to be proven, but there's no doubt than on their 2000 album, the Scream were getting heavily political. I couldn't help but get excited after reading interviews where Bobby would talk of wanting to make revolutionary music, especially since their previous album 1997's 'Vanishing Point' had changed the way I listened to an appreciated music. 

Attacking government, police, and multinational corporations. the sound of the album is much more aggressive and forceful than much of the group's previous output. It was the final album to be out out by the influential Creation Records, which closed down just before its January 2000 release. The highly-charged fuzz-punk firebomb 'Accelerator' later became the last single to be released on the label, and went to number 34 in September 2000. 15 years after its release 'XTRMNTR' is regarded by critics as one of the greatest albums of the 21st century so far, with the NME naming it as the 3rd best album of the noughties. 

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