It’s a scream! Bobby Gillespie on writing lyrics (Archive Podcast)

I was involved in a conversation last night about the lost great festival sets, the years where everyone focuses on the headliner and forgets that there was anything else going on. Once such example is Primal Scream’s Other Stage headline slot at Glastonbury 2011. While the story since has tended to swell around whether or not U2 struggled on the Friday night,  Bobby Gillespie and co smashed it on the festival’s second stage. Ironically, the strong, almost gale-force wind that was blowing Bono’s sound back at him (I watched five songs before switching sides) surged behind Primal Scream making them sound even more like gods than usual… While in the middle of recalling that set, I remembered this podcast I made with Bobby for Q magazine around the release of their album More Light. it occurred to me with all the politics, genre-bending and rock and roll folklore Primal Scream are rarely asked about their lyrics, yet from Movin’ On Up to Rocks and beyond everyone knows a Scream song… or 50. So here is Bobby Gillespie on his inspirations, which include – unexpected – the Gatwick Express…

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