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Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie Complains About British Government

November 28, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Faster Louder, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie complained about the British government and Prime Minister David Cameron. Here are highlights:

On how the new album is coming along: “The album’s finished. The album’s recorded and mixed and we’re just talking about mastering it. So it’s going to be mastered pretty soon. We’re just finalising a record deal with a company and it’ll be released in [northern hemisphere] spring or early summer.”

On if the new coalition of Liberal Democrats and Conservatives running the UK impacted their lyrics: “Not directly, no because we’re always going to be opposed to those bastards. It’s an art record, you know? It’s hard to explain it. I don’t want to be too didactic or anything but I’m more influenced by what’s going on in the culture and I always have been. There’s a lot of internalized stuff on this record as well, a lot of psychic stuff, a lot of external stuff, [about] how that affects you. It’s hard to talk about a record you haven’t heard. I don’t want to give too much away because I’m really excited about the record. We did that Mojo thing and I kind of look back on it and in a way I don’t know what the point of it was. My manager and my press officer said “you’ve got to do this thing” and I did it. It’s really hard because you don’t want to give too much away so they just make stuff up and say “oh, it sounds like _XTRMNTR_” and it doesn’t. We’re not that kind of band. We don’t repeat ourselves. We’re forward thinking artists.

Obviously I hate the fucking coalition. Obviously I hate what they stand for – they’re reactionary, neo-liberal, quasi-fascists. The health secretary wants to limit abortions to 13 weeks. This is the kind of mad people you’re dealing with. This is supposedly a rational, progressive country [and] we’re dealing with fucking insane people. I’m always going to be opposed to those head cases but it’s a wider world, it’s wider than Britain. It’s a worldwide thing. There’s been a worldwide shift to the right and there has been since the late ‘70s – Thatcher and Reagan in Britain and America. That neo-liberal thing, I guess they started it in ’73 in Chile with the overthrow of a government and putting their Chicago School Of Economics principles into action using military junta. The way they do it here is de-industrialization, which has been going on since the ’70s. It’s part of a larger thing: There’s no jobs in our country because the jobs have been farmed out to India or China or the Philippines. They’re creating a post-industrial society. It’s a worldwide thing, it’s not just in Britain, this austerity thing. You’ve just got to try and see through it. We’re on the left, basically: Pro-people. All for the liberation of humanity, against the forces of reaction [laughs] … and you find a lot of reactionaries in the music business. We try to put things in poetic terms.”

On Robert Plant’s contribution to the album: “Me and Robert sang together on a song called ‘Elimination Blues’. It doesn’t sound like a blues song like Robert Johnson, it’s like our version of the blues. It’s modern but it’s like a swampy, kind of, psychedelic groove. We needed a really high voice for the choruses so Robert came in and he same with us and it sounds fantastic.”


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