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4.0 out of 5 stars The birth of Madchester, 19 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Sonic Flower Groove (Audio CD)
Bobby Gillespie formed Primal Scream in 1984, as a side project while still drumming for the Jesus and Mary Chain. On its initial releases, Primal Scream was a group of '60s revivalists, crafting hooky, guitar-driven pop songs. The band signed to Creation Records in 1985, and over the next year, they released a pair of singles. However, Primal Scream didn't really take off until the middle of 1986. Inspired by ,"Velocity Girl," a rush of jangly guitars, a B-side that wound up on NME's C86 cassette compilation, a collection of underground pop groups that defined the U.K.'s mid-'80s indie pop scene. The band's debut, Sonic Flower Groove, fitted into the C86 sound along with groups like The Pastles, Mighty Lemon Drops, Wolfhounds, Soup Dragons .......

Like any other young band, Primal Scream wore their influences on their sleeves here, the main influence seems to be the folk-rock of The Byrds. The area this is felt most is with the guitar tone chiming, psych-folk lead guitar.

The nature of this album is repetitive due to the similarity of the guitar riffs. and the arrangements. This makes many of the songs seem indistinguishable from one another, as the drums play bland pop-rock rhythms, the bass either plays simple stream of quarter notes or mimics the guitar part, and the aforementioned lack of original riffs is incredibly evident. The voice of Bobby Gillespie's lyrics which have always been the band's Achilles heel, are a tepid mess, each song using metaphors of flowers and sunlight to drive home boring, love songs.

Although this album has vast amount of dull songs , it does have some strong songs, mainly opener gentle Tuesday, which boasts an infectious chorus and catchy main riff.. This might not be the greatest record in the world, but it is responsible for starting The Stone Roses who stole the concept and refashioned it ...which led to Oasis...which led to the start of the Madchester invasion.

So anyone blaming the Stone Roses for the start of that, i suggest you go back two or three years and listen to this record. It pretty much IS the Stone Roses,. The Scream however went on to much better things, the Roses didn't

Oh well such is life

The Inspiral Carpets were always better
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2010 15:10:57 BDT
pureunited says:
How did the onset of Oasis lead to the Madchester invasion when Madchester had been and gone before Oasis were formed?
Although there is some superficial similarity to the Stone Roses sound( Velocity girl is a definite influence on Made of Stone); Gillespie said at the time that the Roses had created a total classic, they elevated everything...songwriting, playing, groove, attitude to much higher levels(which has not been matched by anyone since).
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