Kowalski (song)

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Single by Primal Scream
from the album Vanishing Point
Released 5 May 1997
Format Vinyl record (7", 12"), CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Electronic rock, experimental rock, trip hop
Length 6:12
Label Creation Records
Sire US
Writer(s) Martin Duffy, Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Robert Young, Gary Mountfield
Producer(s) Brendan Lynch and Primal Scream
Primal Scream singles chronology
"The Big Man and the Scream Team
Meet the Barmy Army Uptown

"Kowalski" is a song by the Scottish band Primal Scream. It was released as a single on 5 May 1997, and is the first to be released from the band's fifth album Vanishing Point. The single went to number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The song contains samples of "Halleluhwah" by Can and "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" by Funkadelic.[2]

The song is featured in Olivier Assayas's 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria.

Irvine Welsh scripted the video for the album's first single, "Kowalski" and was directed by Steve Hanft. The video features a Dodge Challenger being stolen by Kate Moss and Devon Aoki who then track down and beat up the band. The band's lead singer, Bobby Gillespie described the video as "a cross between Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! and The Sweeney."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kowalski"
  2. "Kowalski" (Automator Mix)
  1. "Kowalski"
  2. "Know Your Rights" (Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones)
  3. "96 Tears" (Question Mark & the Mysterians)
  4. "Kowalski" (Automator Mix)
  1. "Kowalski" (Edit)
  2. "Kowalski"
  3. "Know Your Rights"
  4. "96 Tears"
  5. "Kowalski" (Adrian Sherwood Dub)


Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 79
UK Singles Chart[1] 8


  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Primal Scream". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Kowalski - Primal Scream". WhoSampled. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Perry, Andrew (June 1997). "Freeze!". Select. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.