Aural Fixation: Primal Scream’s ‘XTRMNTR’

Without a doubt, this is the album that will be playing while the world is ending. Hell, listening to XTRMNTR, you’d think the world ended back in 2000. Few bands produce such challenging, fascinating music in their later years as Primal Scream do. Considering their inauspicious beginnings as just another Madchester band, the group rose into the mainstream with 1991’s smash Screamadelica. Where that album featured dub and psychedelic influences, XTRMNTR instead “subverts normality” in the way its opening battle cry, “Kill All Hippies” demands. The noisy funk/disco/punk never lets go over the album’s hour-long running time. Dual mixes of the relentless “Swastika Eyes” are presented, as is a reworking of Vanishing Point’s “If They Move, Kill ‘Em” as done by frequent collaborator and sonic whiz Kevin Shields. Since XTRMNTR, Primal Scream have released three albums that all feature great tunes, but they have yet to equal the politically-charged energy of their second wave’s peak.

Watch: Primal Scream – “Accelerator” (this was not only the last single from the album, but the last record ever released on legendary British indie label Creation)

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~ by E. on June 17, 2009.

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