ARTIST: Primal Scream
TITLE: Sonic Flower Groove
YEAR RELEASED: 1987
CHART ACTION: #62 UK
SINGLES: Gentle Tuesday (#86 UK), Imperial (#86 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Streams of Whiskey
LINEUP: Bobby Gillespie, Jim Navajo, Robert Yount, Andrew Innes, Dave Morgan.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: UK band sounds like a refugee from the Paisley Underground in their debut.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sounding like they transplanted from LA in 1965 (or in 1982), Primal Scream’s debut is definitely in the jingly, psychedelic motif. The guitar jangle and swirl, the vocals are gentle, almost too gentle, and the melodies have a psychedelic, raga tinge to them.
The opening cut, “Gentle Tuesday” is quite good and promising, and a few other tracks have the same kind of edge, but most of tracks fall into a rut where the song isn’t hooky enough, and the guitar jangle blurs together from one track to another.
Even though this charted, and isn’t half bad, the band went on hold and emerged a different type of group, leaving the jangle mostly behind.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Mayo Thompson of the ‘famous’ Red Krayola produced the album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: If you are into Byrdsy stuff, it’s fine, but it’s got some great stuff and some stuff that’s just a meh genre exercise.