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Primal Scream – Loaded (1990)

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Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’ featured on their breathtaking 1991 album Screamadelica. It was hard to pass over ‘Come Together’, but I have done it because ‘Loaded’ really exemplifies the band’s departure from indie rock. They had begun a journey towards a style of alternative rock that drew heavily from the pervading dance culture. The drum loops and house beats were evidence of the time, but listening to it now, I hear the welcome influences of dub. Have a great week.

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The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll (1970)

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‘Rock & Roll’ features on The Velvet Underground’s fourth (and my favourite VU) album, Loaded. At about the age of 14/15, I still recall a conversation with this cool-and-slightly-aloof kid in my school. I was listening to a lot of music by then – particularly Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Bowie. He asked me what type of music I liked and sneered at my response. In return, I asked the same… “the Velvets” was the response. He had a point – there are very few songs that can beat the “fine, fine music” of ‘Rock & Roll’. It also has one of those moments at 2m34s.

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