The Bobby Gillespie Bullshit game

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From last Sunday's Observer, where artists, musicians, whatever, were asked for their favourite 'secret' inspirations:

Bobby Gillespie, singer, Primal Scream:

The world

I came across a burnt-out motorcycle in the street this morning, no wheels, no seat, just a charred metal skeleton. It had obviously been stolen and dumped by a gang of teenage wild boys. It was the most beautiful thing I've seen since last night's evening sky. You don't find 'art' in galleries, it's all around you. The city is alive and on fire. Long may it burn.

A classic piece of r 'n' r nonsense form the aging Scotsman, there. So let's look at the scores: I reckon "motorcycle" [10 points]; "gang of teenage wild boys" [20 points]; "beautiful" [5 points]; "city...on fire etc" [30 points] - giving a total of 65 points (out of a possible 100).

Can anyone beat this?

bham (bham), Thursday, 21 September 2006 07:47 (twelve years ago) link

He wouldn't have said that if it had been his bike!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 07:50 (twelve years ago) link

I came across a burnt-out motorcycle in the street this morning, no wheels, no seat, just a charred metal skeleton.

Fucking hell, it's MY motorbike!

CUNTS! SCUM! BRING BACK NATIONAL SERVICE! SEND THEM TO FUCKEN IRAQ! YER FUCKEN SHITE HOOSIN' ESTATE WILL BE ON FUCKEN FIRE IF AH EVER FIND YOUSE! TIE THEIR FUCKEN TUBES!! C*********NTS!!!!!!!!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 07:52 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, but until that realisation, he is a spaced out dude, everything is art and nothing's going to touch his world. Your broken leg is beautiful to him. A wound on someone's head is a trancendant statement on the link between the life force in us all, and the galaxy in supernova.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 21 September 2006 07:59 (twelve years ago) link

oh my god bham that it brilliant.

unfortunately i think this means i shall have to destroy all my primal scream records.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:05 (twelve years ago) link

Only destory the ones that he has anything to do with, Henry - i.e. Give Out and Riot City and those first two. The good ones are all Innes, innit.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:08 (twelve years ago) link

i don't even own 'give out' (sold it) or 'riot city' (never bought).

i suppose i could keep the instrumentals.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:11 (twelve years ago) link

"gang of teenage wild boys" rofl rofl

http://jackwolak.com/7/3341.jpg

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:14 (twelve years ago) link

'riot city' never bought

Fair summation.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:23 (twelve years ago) link

We can do much better than this, for instance, here are a couple of quotes right from the band's website:

Screamadelica Era
"...I think music is magic... magical, in the true sense of the word. Certain pieces of music make me feel strong, protected. It raises... it raises my soul. No, forget that, it protects me from bad feelings. Music protects us in such a powerful way, it makes you aware of possibilities. To alot of people I think music's a commodity, not spiritual. it's something you put on the mantlepiece and it's there, like a set of golfclubs or an ironing board, whereas to us it's a holy thing, and none of us are even religious."
- Bobby Gillespie, NME interview 28 September 1991

"magic" = 5 points, "raises my soul" = 10 points, "protects me from bad feelings" (whatever that means) = 10 points, spiritual + religious + holy = 30 points, using all this bullshit to form a "we're not in it for the money" argument = 35 points

Total = 90 points

"Most bands think in black and white, we think in Technicolour," - Bobby Gillespie, September(?) 1991

Ugh, ffs, 99 points.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:24 (twelve years ago) link

However, as I've said before, Screamadelica is a fantastic Sabres of Paradise album.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:25 (twelve years ago) link

i can't beat bham but from an nme interview (on that same website!) this year -- i suppose it needs context: he's talking about going to paris fashion shows and elton john's birthday party:

"We're a hardworking band. I go to the studio five days a week. My girlfriend works in fashion and now and again there's something she might want to go to so I go along - that's what you do. It's a bit weird, it's like saying your girlfriend's black so you must be black. Or your girlfriend's Jewish so you must be Jewish."

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:26 (twelve years ago) link

"People think the flag is a symbol for like slavery and racism," says Bobby. "But that's not what the Civil War was about. It was about like freedom, You know?"

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:29 (twelve years ago) link

winner

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:31 (twelve years ago) link

WTF is Bobby "Bomb The Pentagon" Gillespie doing going to kapitalist Elton John birthday parties?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:33 (twelve years ago) link

it's something you put on the mantlepiece... like a set of golfclubs or an ironing board

This guy would do really badly on Family Fortunes.

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:35 (twelve years ago) link

xpost

Bombing the Pentagon wasn't about anti-American sentiment, it was about, like, freedom, you know? Freedom to do what you want to do, and we want to get loaded ...

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:36 (twelve years ago) link

Family Fortunes - I don't think BG would take well to a fitness weekend at a health farm in rural Staffordshire...

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:37 (twelve years ago) link

These quotes are all awesome!! Bobby G. rules!!

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Thursday, 21 September 2006 09:34 (twelve years ago) link

"WTF is Bobby "Bomb The Pentagon" Gillespie doing going to kapitalist Elton John birthday parties?"

He's there because his girlfirend's jewish, Marcello, can't you read?

I think this is my favourite BG quote (from OMM earlier this year):

'You know, Andrew Innes is a chemist and so's his wife - they've got pharmaceutical degrees. He's an oddball boffin who'll experiment with anything you give him. When computers came out, he got one straight away and learnt how to work them. Oasis call him "Brains".'

Kudos to Innes for cracking that IBM mainframe up in Glasgow all on his own, but that final punchline is priceless.

bham (bham), Thursday, 21 September 2006 09:51 (twelve years ago) link

if someone else does it, bobby is bound to come along and dive right in . .

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Thursday, 21 September 2006 10:04 (twelve years ago) link

Just calling the album "Riot City Blues" is sixty points right there for Crazy Bob, imho.

Eazy-Esteban Buttez (ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!!), Thursday, 21 September 2006 10:33 (twelve years ago) link

I came across a burnt-out rock star in the street this morning, legless, no flesh on his bum, just a charred metal skeleton. He'd obviously been fucked and dumped by a gang of teenage wild boys. It was the most beautiful thing I've seen since last night's evening sky. You don't find 'rock' at rock festivals, it's all around you. The city is alive and on fire. Long may Bobby burn.

Momus (Momus), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:05 (twelve years ago) link

now now be nice

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:08 (twelve years ago) link

b-b-but Bobby WAS a charred metal skeleton in the Velocity Girl days!

(nb thanks for the cd momus)

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:10 (twelve years ago) link

In reference to Marcello's earlier comment about fitness weekend... (I'm not making this up) I saw BG in the changing-room of my local gym a couple of months ago - so while I didn't actually witness him doing any physical exercise, he did look as though he'd been doing some beforehand. Not very rock'n'roll obviously.

Kaliova (Kaliova), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:37 (twelve years ago) link

"Select" magazine, April 1994:

"The only thing I don't want is us to be nailed down as some motherfuckin' curators of some rock 'n' roll fuckin' museum. We love all sorts of music, and I'm glad to turn people on to sounds they've never heard - y'know, go and buy "superfly" by curtis mayfield, or the impressions' greatest hits, or Culture "two sevens clash".

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:43 (twelve years ago) link

...said the curator of the rock museum.

Momus (Momus), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:47 (twelve years ago) link

That quote, y'know, is motherfuckin' fucked up in several fuckin' ways, most notably "we are not curators of rock museum, here listen to these old records" and "we will turn you on to stuff you've never heard before" (then going on to instruct the readership to buy three records that are somewhat far from being even slightly obscure)

The guy is, and always has been a patronising cock, and primal scream are the worst band to come out of the UK since the '80's at least, and possibly ever.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:52 (twelve years ago) link

Pashmina OTM.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:56 (twelve years ago) link

Every day I curse Andrew Weatherall for remixing Primal Scream because if he didn't, nobody would have given a shit about Crazy Bob and we wouldn't have to be discussing about how big a cunt he is.

Eazy-Esteban Buttez (ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!!), Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:58 (twelve years ago) link

Q: When did you first realise you could sing?

BG: Ehh..I don't know. I think I always wanted to be a singer but I didn't realise it. I always wanted to be a guitar player because I loved guitar players in bands. I became a singer through default. We were writing these songs and I wanted to play guitar and we kept asking these people to sing and they were terrible so I stepped in.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 21 September 2006 12:03 (twelve years ago) link

I love that Norman obviously really likes Primal Scream despite his protestations.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Thursday, 21 September 2006 12:10 (twelve years ago) link

From Bobby's liner notes to the recent Tago Mago reissue, on "jamming" with "the Can":

So there was five of us, Andrew Innes on guitar, me on vocals, Jaki Leibezeit on drums, Michael Karoli on guitar and Liam Gallagher on one finger piano. We jammed our arses off, till five in the morning, hard and heavy on a two-chord Karoli groove, what a night! I'll never forget it. We all fell out of the studio arm-in-arm and walked up the road high and happy, blasted by the magick of Can, The Can!

There's plenty more where that came from as well- I couldn't believe they'd published such utter name-dropping drivel!

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Thursday, 21 September 2006 12:11 (twelve years ago) link

Haha Nick, they are the band I love to hate, I must admit.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 21 September 2006 12:13 (twelve years ago) link

But honesty, the sound of the guy's voice is fingernails on a blackboard to me. I cannot stand it.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 21 September 2006 12:15 (twelve years ago) link

there's a version of the -- hey, hey -- CANecdote in one of the interviews i parsed.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Thursday, 21 September 2006 12:19 (twelve years ago) link

blasted by the magick of Can, the Can!

I didn't know he was a Suzi Quatro fan.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 13:45 (twelve years ago) link

Ha ha. There's a very good Glasgow word to describe Bobby, A DIDDY.

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Thursday, 21 September 2006 13:54 (twelve years ago) link

Diddy Gillespie!

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Thursday, 21 September 2006 13:54 (twelve years ago) link

I didn't know he was a Suzi Quatro fan.

"After spending a week jamming with Quatro, the Scream determined that 'Leather Forever' would be like part of our ten-point plan to wipe out the fascists that dare like cross our path. We have one of Suzi's Leather Tuscadero outfits hanging in the back room of the Scream Team hideout."

Andy_K (Andy_K), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:02 (twelve years ago) link

"I first met Suzi when I was a 2-year old punk rocker in Detroit in '68. I was hanging out with the '5, tellin' Fred and Wayne and the boys all about Krautrock, even though I hadn't learnt how to talk yet and Krautrock hadn't been invented yet, but, hey, what i rock 'n' roll about if isn't about dreams, suddenly in walked Suzi..."

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:09 (twelve years ago) link

Imagine having to listen to Liam Gallagher playing "one finger piano" all night- the mind boggles.

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:12 (twelve years ago) link

imagine the man he calls 'brains'.

EARLY-90S MAN (Enrique), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:15 (twelve years ago) link

"Oasis call him 'brains'" is the best one, that's classic of teh stupid.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:17 (twelve years ago) link

TS: Liam Gallagher playing one finger piano all night vs. John Cale playing one finger piano all night.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:33 (twelve years ago) link

John Cale pleaded to be allowed to join in but Bobby said no

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:35 (twelve years ago) link

because he didn't own any of his albums yet

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:36 (twelve years ago) link

Of course he did, John gave them to him personally, when he was a 12 year old punk rocker hangin' out at CBGBs with DeeDee and Johnny in 1976

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:39 (twelve years ago) link

Except Ian Hunter nicked them off him three years previously, as described on page 77 of Diary Of A Rock 'N' Roll Star, and substituted the new platters from Poco and Foghat.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 21 September 2006 14:42 (twelve years ago) link

fucking hell

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 17 May 2019 23:21 (three months ago) link

Christopher and Robert, then aged 26 and 20, savagely beat and slashed the grandfather-of-15 in his Westwood bungalow. The brothers had wrongly believed the 65-year-old had assaulted their alcoholic mum.

one for the "real scotland" thread if it existed

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 17 May 2019 23:22 (three months ago) link

Like an episode of Taggart.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 17 May 2019 23:24 (three months ago) link

Bobby otm re: Madonna tbh. Never seen any evidence of antisemitism from him iirc

Οὖτις, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:46 (two months ago) link

What a sillyhead.
Which country isn't stolen land? Does he refuse to play America?

mr.raffles, Saturday, 18 May 2019 03:07 (two months ago) link

A glance at the “Controversy” section of his Wikipedia page suggests that the dude is either in fact anti-Semitic, or so dumb he can’t tie his own shoes... maybe it’s the latter, he sounds like a real piece of work all around. (Calling a pop star a “prostitute,” damn! Hot stuff.)

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Saturday, 18 May 2019 06:17 (two months ago) link

"one for the "real scotland" thread if it existed"

would deffo bookmark that one, be the change etc....

calzino, Saturday, 18 May 2019 07:53 (two months ago) link

amazed there isn’t one already tbh, reflects badly on the ilx caledonian contingent imo

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:12 (two months ago) link

I'd love to see a Glasgow version of Mean Streets - with Boab wearing a prosthetic young face and playing the young version of himself - getting his pocket money knicked and the shit kicked out of him every day on the way to school by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill.

calzino, Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:23 (two months ago) link

LOL Jim Kerr and his violent street gang of Genesis fans waylaying schoolboy Boab with his Coltrane albums under his arm.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:42 (two months ago) link

"You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. Gillespie is bullshit and you know it"

mark s, Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:44 (two months ago) link

Bobby Gillespie put in an objection to Islington Council about his local pub opening until midnight on weekends, and that's all you need to know about Bobby Gillespie.

— Jason Sinclair (@jlsinc) May 17, 2019

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:29 (two months ago) link

Once a Presbyterian...

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:32 (two months ago) link

"Which country isn't stolen land?"

Fucking hell.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Saturday, 18 May 2019 21:43 (two months ago) link

makes u think

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 18 May 2019 21:45 (two months ago) link

There was always a colonialism element to our insipid C86 jangle rock.

calzino, Saturday, 18 May 2019 21:52 (two months ago) link

The Telegraph, 24/5/2019, Bobby Gillespie interview: 'Rock is like Latin, a dying language – it has nothing more to say'

“In the end, I’m only a singer in a band,” declares Bobby Gillespie. “You should be allowed to express your opinions. And then you can be questioned on them. And that’s where it gets interesting.”

Gillespie is in trouble again. The frontman for Primal Scream appeared on BBC’s Newsnight last week, where he called Madonna a prostitute (with the proviso that he has “nothing against prostitutes”) for performing at the Eurovision in Israel. Gillespie has a history of criticising Israel and supporting Palestinian causes. When presenter Kirsty Wark asked whether that made him anti-Semitic, he responded “All my heroes are Jews,” citing Karl Marx, Bob Dylan and The Marx Brothers.

The ensuing social media furore was a predictable blizzard of splenetic outrage, bad taste jokes and defensive tit-for-tat arguments and insults, although it was hard to tell if it was his remarks about Madonna or Israel (which he called “stolen land”) that caused most controversy. Some questioned what this notoriously mouthy rocker was doing on a BBC news programme promoting his band’s singles compilation, Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll.

“It’s a very intolerant culture at the moment and I do think there’s such a thing as a digital lynch mob,” Gillespie said to me, when we met at Sony’s London offices a week before his TV appearance. He was addressing other recent controversies, such as the “No Platform” policy prevalent in British universities (where students boycott individuals whose views they disagree with) and some virulent criticism of Morrissey that has made the singer feel unwelcome in Britain.

“Morrissey’s not a racist, he’s a very intelligent lad, so challenge his opinions, fair enough, rather than saying we’re gonna ban you. You should be allowed your point of view. Other people can say they disagree with you. That’s a civilised and intelligent and grown up way of having a debate. If you don’t wanna know, you don’t learn anything.”

Requests to Primal Scream’s management for comment on the response to his Newsnight appearance were politely declined. But it is not too hard to work out how the singer feels. “Everything is emotional, there’s no critical thought,” Gillespie complains. “Why not put your anger towards something you should be angry about, like Tory austerity?”

Gillespie has strong opinions on many subjects. “I could talk for hours about that” is a frequent phrase, and he can be difficult to interrupt in full flow. Some of his remarks are hair-raising. “I was never a junkie,” he says about his band’s reputation for drug abuse. “I took heroin but I preferred amphetamines and a bit of coke.”

A couple of times he retracts comments and asks that they not be printed, particularly if he has said something unkind about other musicians. But he almost can’t help being provocative. On the subject of rock stardom, he offers “You don’t have to be a musician to be a rock star. Charlie Manson was a rock star. It’s a charismatic personality that is like a shaman who attracts the tribes.”

He is aware that he is frequently talking himself into trouble. Anticipating a challenge on his apparent admiration for a notorious serial killer, he expands his explanation to include such figures as “Che Guevara, Diego Maradona, Lord Byron, Arthur Rimbaud,” then launches into a digression on the “rock ‘n’ roll archetype of the raging cursed poet” and how it can be applied to “writers, filmmakers, trade unionists, even certain politicians down the ages. It’s a kind of dandified defiance.”

But he also notes its destructive aspects, particularly when drugs are involved. “People were being hurt, that’s the other side of it, like wives, kids. Drug addicts and alcoholics are not just damaging themselves, it can lead to abusive, violent, selfish, wrong behaviour. But I don’t like to dwell on the negative side, the myths of rock ‘n’ roll are exciting, they’re fun. I still love it.”

He mentions a famous photograph of country singer Hank Williams being released from a prison cell in August 1952 “desperate, emaciated, no shirt but he’s still got his hat on. It’s awful but he looks amazing.”

Williams died just a few months later, in January 1953, aged 29, in the back of a car on the way to a gig. “I used to fantasise about that on tour in America. I’d be totally wasted listening to Hank Williams at the back of the bus and think ‘what a great way to go, just don’t wake up.’ I didn’t wish to die, really, I was romanticising being on the road with my pals in a great band, thinking I’m in heaven.” He points out that the real rock myth was “to live fast and die young. And I’m not young anymore.”

Gillespie is 56. Small and stick thin, his long black hair does little to hide the sallow skin and drawn features left by decades of recreational drug-abuse. Gillespie has certainly been a poster boy for rock’s hedonistic impulses yet musically he always seemed like a man on a mission. He was born and raised in Glasgow, the son of a union official, in a house full of left-wing politics and folk music.

He formed Primal Scream in 1982 whilst simultaneously playing drums with feedback rockers The Jesus & Mary Chain. It took a while for Primal Scream’s sound to evolve before 1991’s Screamadelica established them as rock icons to the rave generation, effecting a marriage of Stonesy guitar swagger and hi-tech electro infused with a polemical, political spirit.

“In a sense, it was like a deconstruction of rock," he says. "It felt like the future, with Happy Mondays and Stone Roses and the trip hop stuff of Massive Attack and Tricky, it felt like music was going to go somewhere else. And then it became Britpop and that was that. Modernism had finished. Britpop is not rock ’n’ roll.”

Primal Scream’s own trajectory was waylaid by rampant drug abuse. “It was full on madness for a few years. Our manager was on heroin, our road crew was on heroin, you’re in the studio and the producer is stealing the band’s heroin. It just became like the plague. I think drugs can be a useful tool but when everybody’s freebasing coke and heroin, you don’t get a lot done.”

He has regrets. “There was always some crazy story about someone collapsing, someone getting stabbed, someone getting carried off an aeroplane. In the end your work becomes demeaned because you’re seen as a dissolute cartoon.”

Gillespie insists he kept his own drug use under control to focus on recording (Primal Scream have made 11 albums, several with only Gillespie and co-writer Andrew Innes effectively involved), eventually cleaning up his act completely in his 40s. He married stylist Katy England in 2006, and they have two teenage sons. “I would never say to people don’t take drugs but if you are an artist, you’ve got to be careful. It can stifle creativity.”

Gillespie is an obsessive music fan buzzing with theories on the history of rock. But he is also deeply conflicted about his favourite genre. “Rock is like Latin, it’s a dying language, it's old, it’s finished, and it really has nothing more to say.” He sees the spirit of rock passing to rap, grime and drill music, although it doesn’t personally speak to him. “It’s like they’re talking an occult language, and that’s how it should be. It’s got irony, intelligence, inventiveness, sex and danger.

"You’ve got rappers on acid going mental on stage, skinny, covered in tattoos, crazy coloured hair, high fashion, some of them wear dresses. Guys in rock bands dress like they’ve come to fix your electrics. There’s not one sex symbol in white rock anymore, cause there nae sex in it. It’s very solipsistic, so inward looking, it’s all me, me, me. Rock is dead.”

Primal Scream play the All Points East festival in London’s Victoria Park tonight, supporting The Chemical Brothers on a bill of alternative guitar bands. Gillespie promises their usual spirited performance but doesn’t seem particularly enamoured of the festival experience. “Festivals are like shopping precincts now. People want the brand. It’s like going to Pret a Manger to get your coffee and sandwich, and H&M to get your jeans. People don’t go to hear good music and take a trip, man. They go to hear you play your hits, as advertised, then f___ off.”

In a notoriously antagonistic Glastonbury appearance in 2005, Gillespie defaced a Make Poverty History poster with the graffiti Make Israel History, called the audience “f___ing hippies” and made a Nazi salute. Those days, he insists, are gone. “Like everyone else, I’m trying to find my place in the world. I’m in my fifties. I want to make music that has a bit of weight and represents us at this time in our lives, that is honest and true.”

Still he admits there is little more satisfying to him than being onstage as the frontman for Primal Scream.

“Primal Scream is a team effort, we’re all in it together, no one is bigger than anyone else. But the frontman is like the captain, you’re the centre forward, you’ve got to lead the charge. The band are setting you up, you’re in the six-yard box, just smash it in the back of the net.

“It’s a paradox, I know. I love rock ‘n’ roll, it’s a great democratic art form, and I’m glad there’s still kids playing it. I’m a rocker ‘til I die.”

Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles is out today. Primal Scream play at All Points East, Victoria Park, London tonight

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:30 (two months ago) link

I think my bullshit detector just broke

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:38 (two months ago) link

treasure trove

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:39 (two months ago) link

I've read worse from Bobby tbh!

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:42 (two months ago) link

Yeah, that made him seem pretty cogent and self-aware.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:52 (two months ago) link

Agreed

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:53 (two months ago) link

"some of them wear dresses"

visiting, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:53 (two months ago) link

I didn't think I cld have loved him more, yet here I am...

nathom, Saturday, 25 May 2019 06:48 (two months ago) link

Uhhhhh

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 25 May 2019 07:37 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Well done, fake Celtic fan, Bobby Gillespie.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Saturday, 29 June 2019 10:21 (one month ago) link

or the trade unionists of the 1970s who gave shelter to Chilean refugees on the run from Pinochet’s fascist thugs

sounds a bit bullshit, is it one of his dad's shaggy dog stories?

calzino, Saturday, 29 June 2019 10:36 (one month ago) link

There is this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD6d0xKZNRg

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Saturday, 29 June 2019 10:40 (one month ago) link

that was impressive, but not quite what Boab is describing!

calzino, Saturday, 29 June 2019 10:45 (one month ago) link

You can't expect Bobby to get these little details right.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Saturday, 29 June 2019 10:47 (one month ago) link

or the trade unionists of the 1970s who gave shelter to Chilean refugees on the run from Pinochet’s fascist thugs

sounds a bit bullshit, is it one of his dad's shaggy dog stories?

― calzino, Saturday, June 29, 2019 3:36 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Actually true, trade unionists were active in the Chile Solidarity movement. My dad was spokesperson of Chile Democratico in Scotland and had good relationships with prominent trade unionists active in the movement including Mick McGahey and Bill Speirs. And this solidarity included in some cases literally having refugees kip at their flats (though if I remember rightly my dad was taken in by a CPGB member on arrival). The association continued and when Pinochet was under arrest in London the meeting in Glasgow was held at the STUC building, STUC didnt charge anything for use of venue

VAR me to the end of yawn (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 29 June 2019 18:17 (one month ago) link

revolutionary Boab's lefty card renewed !

calzino, Saturday, 29 June 2019 18:23 (one month ago) link

Aye, but if Boab Snr. had taken a Chilean refugee in do you think we'd have ever heard the end of it? From both of them?

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Saturday, 29 June 2019 23:18 (one month ago) link

aye looks like our wee Boaby sold "Movin' On Up" to Volkswagen?

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 July 2019 20:33 (one month ago) link

punk rock is for the volk

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 8 July 2019 20:48 (one month ago) link

maybe he'll justify it by saying him and his romancer dad once smuggled 8 Chilean refugees in the boot of a volks from Santiago to Glasgow.

calzino, Monday, 8 July 2019 21:34 (one month ago) link

tbf its for VW's electric car but we all know why VW is making electric cars at all, right...

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 July 2019 22:36 (one month ago) link

to fire them into space?

mark s, Monday, 8 July 2019 22:48 (one month ago) link

lawsuits were involved

also goths

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 July 2019 22:50 (one month ago) link

Volkswagen means "people's car", that's right up Boab's street. Of course, it's Nazi people, but, as mentioned previously, Boab's not strong on details.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 08:32 (one month ago) link

quick someone re-edit the volkswagen ad using 'swastika eyes' instead

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 09:06 (one month ago) link

waitaminute the car is called the volkswagen skive? clearly someone in product development didnae check a scots dictionary as part of their due diligence

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 09:08 (one month ago) link

oh no, that's just the name of the youtube channel i found with the ad, stand down everyone

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 09:10 (one month ago) link

Both have been criticised for polluting the environment with toxic emissions, although to be fair Primal Scream don't play that much from Riot City Blues any more.

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 09:25 (one month ago) link

I remember someone is Q magazine asked Gillespie "One bullet-Blair or Bush?" and he seemed genuinely conflicted about who to choose

beamish13, Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:46 (one month ago) link

What was your childhood or earliest ambition?

To be an astronaut. I was born about the time Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. I identified with Yuri. In the end I became a cosmonaut of inner space.

fetter, Thursday, 11 July 2019 13:48 (one month ago) link

absolutely extraordinary, a new peak

the film inner space, but he goes up his own arsehole and stays there

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 11 July 2019 13:53 (one month ago) link

Wonderful stuff from our intrepid space cadet

michaellambert, Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:00 (one month ago) link


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