Music / Screamadelica

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Screamadelica is a 1991 album by Primal Scream, the third in their catalogue and their commercial breakthrough. Compared to their first two Indie albums, which the band now sees as an Old Shame "Screamadelica" proved to be the New Sound Album that won both the critics and the public over. It scored hits such as "Loaded", "Slip Inside This House" and "Movin' On Up". The record was also subject of an episode of the TV documentary series Classic Albums.

Tracklist
  1. "Movin' On Up" (3:47)
  2. "Slip Inside This House" (5:14)
  3. "Don't Fight It, Feel It" (6:51)
  4. "Higher Than The Sun" (3:56)
  5. "Inner Flight" (5:00)
  6. "Come Together" (10:21)
  7. "Loaded" (7:01)
  8. "Damaged" (5:37)
  9. "I'm Comin' Down" (5:59)
  10. "Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)" (7:37)
  11. "Shine Like Stars" (3:45)

Personnel
  • Bobby Gillespie: lead vocals
  • Andrew Innes: guitar
  • Robert Young: guitar, vocals on "Slip Inside This House"
  • Martin Duffy: keyboards, piano
  • Henry Olsen: bass, guitar solo on "Damaged"
  • Phillip "Toby" Tomanov: drums, percussion

Trope Inside This House

  • Alliterative Title: "Don't Fight It, Feel It".
  • All Lower Case Letters: The typography on the album.
  • Amen Break: Sampled during "Slip Inside This House".
  • Bo Diddley Beat: The guitar riff of "Movin' On Up".
  • Cover Version: "Slip Inside This House", a cover of the 1967 song by The 13th Floor Elevators.
  • Epic Rocking: The 10:21 "Come Together", the 7:37 "Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)" and the 6:51 "Don't Fight It, Feel It".
    • "Loaded" also hits the 7-minute mark, and the Farley mix of "Come Together" clocks in at 8:06.
  • The Face of the Sun: The image on the album cover.
  • Gospel Choirs Are Just Better and Gospel Music: "Movin' On Up" is clearly inspired by this genre.
  • House Music: The album saw the band move from alternative rock to house.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: An abstract sun shaped image.
  • Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The album draws from a wide variety of influences, including Gospel Music ("Movin' On Up"), dub, House Music and Techno.
  • New Sound Album: The band's previous album was a rough Rock album. Influenced by the House club scene, they decided to make an album that broke all of the traditional band rules.
  • One-Word Title: Screamadelica, "Loaded" and "Damaged".
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • Their version of "Slip Inside this House" changes the song's style from Psychedelic Rock to Acid House.
    • "Loaded" is Andrew Weatherall's remix of their earlier song "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have", turning the original Rock ballad into unrecognizable Acid House.
    • "Higher than the Sun" is reprised and remixed in a Dub style by Jah Wobble as the penultimate song of the album.
  • Record Producer: Jimmy Miller.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Loaded" is a remix of an earlier Primal Scream song: "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have".
  • Sampling:
    • "Slip Inside This House" samples Sly Stone's laugh from "Sex Machine" from Stand! by Sly and the Family Stone, as well as the Amen Break.
    • "Higher Than The Sun" samples "Wah Wah Man" by the Young-Holt Unlimited Trio and "Get Away Jordan" by Take 6.
    • "Inner Flight" samples the closing sound of "The Great Pretender" from Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by Brian Eno.
    • "Loaded" has a sample from Peter Fonda in The Wild Angels (1966), Andie MacDowell in sex, lies, and videotape and a drum loop from an Italian bootleg mix of Edie Brickell's "What I Am" and The Emotions "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love".
    • "Come Together" has a sample from Jesse Jackson's speech at Wattstax (1972).
  • Shout-Out:
    • The first line of "Movin' On Up" was borrowed from Can's "Yoo Doo Right" from their debut "Monster Movie" (1968).
    • The album title is based on Funkadelic, formed after a long day of attempting to come up with a title that had "scream" in it.
  • Special Guest: Denise Johnson sings "Don't Fight It, Feel It", while Jah Wobble plays bass during "Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)".
  • Spoken Word in Music:
    • The sample in "Loaded" is lifted from The Wild Angels and has a monologue by Peter Fonda:
    Just what is it that you want to do?
    We wanna be free
    We wanna be free to do what we wanna do
    And we wanna get loaded
    And we wanna have a good time
    That's what we're gonna do
    (No way baby let's go)
    We're gonna have a good time
    We're gonna have a party
    • Another sample in "Loaded" is Andie MacDowell in sex, lies, and videotape saying: "That's beautiful, that's really beautiful."
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Guitarist Robert Young sings "Slip Inside this House" in Bobby Gillespie's vocal style, due to Bobby not being in the studio at the time.
  • Textless Album Cover: The original CD.
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