Loaded (Primal Scream song)

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"Loaded"
Single by Primal Scream
from the album Screamadelica
Released February 1990
Format
Genre
Length 7:01
Label Creation Records
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Andrew Weatherall
Primal Scream singles chronology
"Ivy Ivy Ivy"
(1988)
"Loaded"
(1990)
"Come Together"
(1990)

"Loaded" is a 1990 song recorded by the rock band Primal Scream. It was the first single released from the group's 1991 breakthrough album, Screamadelica. It is a remix of Primal Scream's earlier song, "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have".

Inspiration and composition[edit]

Primal Scream approached Andrew Weatherall after a favourable review of the second Primal Scream album in the 'Boys Own' football fanzine. He was asked to remix "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have", a song from the band's eponymous second album, Primal Scream and by the second or third attempt Loaded was born — his first visit to a recording studio.

At the start of the song, Weatherall added an audio sample of Peter Fonda from the film The Wild Angels.

Just what is it that you want to do?

We wanna be free
We wanna be free to do what we wanna do
And we wanna get loaded
And we wanna have a good time
That's what we're gonna do
(No way baby let's go)
We're gonna have a good time

We're gonna have a party
—The truncated Fonda quote sampled at the beginning of the song

The rest of the song is constructed from parts of "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have" , with a vocal sample from The Emotions' "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love," and a drum loop from an Italian bootleg remix of Edie Brickell's song "What I Am," plus Bobby Gillespie singing a line from Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" and Andie MacDowell from the film Sex, Lies, and Videotape saying "That's beautiful... That's really beautiful."

The single also included a remix by Terry Farley, who incorporated part of the original vocal from "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have".

Single release[edit]

The single was released in February 1990, 18 months before the arrival of the album in October 1991. It was around 3 minutes shorter than the album version.

"Loaded" reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the group's first UK top 40 hit and featured a remix from regular Weatherall collaborator Terry Farley. The 7" b-side was a Pat Collier remix of the source track, "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have".

Muzik magazine listed the song as one of the 50 most influential dance records of all time, describing it as "unquestionably the finest indie dance record ever ... something akin to "Sympathy for the Devil" for the E generation"[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 31
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 16
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[7] 19

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Music event: Primal Scream, David Holmes". The Telegraph. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "50 Most Influential Dance Records of All Times Muzik Magazine". Listology.com. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Primal Scream - Loaded search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Primal Scream – Loaded" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-03-24" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Screamadelica – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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