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The Songs That Saved Your Life – The 90s: Loaded

screamadelicaThe decade where things could only get better brought the world cargo pants, Sunny Delight and Chris Evans. Musically, Grunge and Britpop could lay claim to being the defining movements of the era, though that’s to do a disservice to Jive Bunny. ELM suggests it wasn’t a band who could lay claim to the most important track, but rather a remixer…

In the 90s, pop proliferated. Genres split and everybody could listen to anything. Pop bands made the NME; indie bands made Top of the Pops. Dance, both chart-friendly and brain-damaging, was everywhere, and you were as likely to find Oasis t-shirts at Cream as you were to see day-glo. In short, boundaries came down.

Perhaps it was a reaction to the glossiness of the 80s and a desire to re-engage with something more real, culminating in grunge’s determined anti-commercialism redefining the new mainstream. Britain reacted, as Britain inevitably does, with a wave of nostalgia, as people clutched Beatles and Kinks records and did coke at the Camden Mixer.

The song that seemed to straddle it all was Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’.

Primal Scream have famously moved around musically, from C86 Byrds obsessives to Stones copyists to Industrial Noiseniks, but it has always seemed calculated. Bobby Gillespie and co have never really shaken off the impression that what they do is merely homage, albeit done well. So it is somehow fitting that their greatest moment was largely down to someone else.

Andrew Weatherall’s ingenious and virtually unrecognisable remix of the rather insipid ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’ was the quintessential mix of dance and rock via the pages of the inkys. Removing the presence of Gillespie from singer andf recasting him as lysergic cheerleader over a seriously mellow arrangement of grooves and a sampled gospel chorus, Weatherall provided a sun-kissed anthem which is as drug-soaked as anything the 60s produced.

Here was alternative music interested in the party much more than the politics. The NME heroes of the 80s would give way to a much more sedate bunch, not engaged in changing the world as much as leaving it nightly with the aid of chemicals. Music to party to abounded. Everything seemed shaped towards the millenium.

Of course, the comedown wasn’t pleasant – Radiohead’s dark tales of disengagement still probably the most accurate chronicle – but for a brief period in the decade’s centre, everything seemed shiny and right with the world. ‘Loaded’ summed up this euphoria perfectly.


4 Responses

  1. I should asd this just pipped ‘Saturday Night’ by Whigfield as the nominee.

  2. I kinda love the Scream, but I can never listen to them without going…..”Eh, that bits out of………that title’s stolen from…….Bobby’s wearing such and such’s hair/clothes…….that chorus is nicked from”.
    Weirdly, (or not, really) it’s always magpie-ed from something achingly cool, never from some old shite.

  3. I just can’t get past that….but ‘Screamadelica’ is a great album.

    Admit it, you only like him because of the leather trews, don’t you?!

  4. you got me,ELM……

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