Gillespie: 'Fame/drugs Almost Killed Primal Scream'
PRIMAL SCREAM frontman BOBBY GILLESPIE attributes the band's notorious hedonism to the overnight fame and wealth their 1991 breakthrough album SCREAMADELICA brought.
The British group spent 1992 trying to record a follow-up album, which was eventually released in 1994 as GIVE OUT, BUT DON'T GIVE UP, but admits their drug intake got the better of them.
The 44-year-old says, "The band suddenly went from these people who were unemployed to getting really famous and there was an acceleration of drug use. It just killed the creativity.
"By the end of '91 three-fifths of the band were heroin addicts, so the whole of '92 we did nothing.
"They booked us into (London's) Roundhouse Studio for four weeks and there were no songs, everyone was just getting completely wasted on heroin and freebase cocaine and then we'd just jam for hours.
"People were turning up to the rehearsal room because that was where they could score heroin or speed or coke. People were turning up, scoring, then splitting.
"I was like 'What's happened to my band?' Most of the band were smackheads and there was a really weird atmosphere, it was quite nasty."