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Primal Scream: The Hacienda, Manchester

Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, 5 August 1989

LAST TIME I saw Primal Scream they seemed in their death throes, wheezing and spluttering like a fine vintage car struggling to get up a steep hill with drunk driver Bobby Gillespie threatening to veer off into a ditch. Eighteen months later and, never a band for half-measures, they've had a total refit. The Primals are now a five-piece, with just two original members left — Gillespie and Young, who's switched from bass to guitar.

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