Jim Beattie (musician)

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Jim Beattie
Also known as Jim Navajo
Genres Indie pop, alternative rock, electronica
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Primal Scream
Spirea X
Adventures in Stereo

James Robertson "Jim" Beattie is a Scottish musician who co-founded Primal Scream and later went on to form Spirea X and Adventures in Stereo.


Beattie (guitar) formed Primal Scream in 1982 along with Bobby Gillespie.[1] Beattie and Gillespie were the core members of the band until Beattie left after the release of the band's debut album, Sonic Flower Groove in 1987, thus seeing the band taking a more rock-oriented direction and their relocation to Brighton.[2] During his tenure with the band Beattie wrote "Velocity Girl", which was included on the NME's C86 compilation.[3] Beattie formed Spirea X with girlfriend Judith Boyle in 1988, the band named after a Primal Scream B-side.[3][4][5] Spirea X split up in 1993, and Beattie and Boyle went on to form Adventures in Stereo with Simon Dine.


with Primal Scream[edit]



  • "All Fall Down" (1985), Creation
  • "Crystal Crescent" (1986), Creation
  • "Gentle Tuesday" (1987), Elevation
  • "Imperial" (1987), Elevation

with Spirea X[edit]

see Spirea X#Discography

with Adventures in Stereo[edit]

see Adventures in Stereo#Discography


  1. ^ Pollock, David (2010) "Chain Reaction: Bobby Gillespie", The List, 16 September 2010, retrieved 2010-11-27
  2. ^ Taylor, Steve (2004) The A to X of Alternative Music, Continuum, ISBN 0-8264-7396-2, p. 191
  3. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 462, 994–5
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p. 404
  5. ^ Wolk, Douglas (1997) "On the Verge: Adventures in Stereo", CMJ New Music Monthly, October 1997, p. 18, retrieved 2010-11-27