Loaded (Primal Scream song)

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Primal Scream - Loaded.jpg
Single by Primal Scream
from the album Screamadelica
ReleasedFebruary 1990
Producer(s)Andrew Weatherall
Primal Scream singles chronology
"Ivy Ivy Ivy"
"Come Together"

"Loaded" is a song by Scottish rock band Primal Scream, released in February 1990 as the lead single from their third studio album Screamadelica (1991). Mixed and produced by Andrew Weatherall, it is a remix of an earlier song titled "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have".

In 2014, NME placed the song at number 59 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.[5]

Inspiration and composition[edit]

Primal Scream first became aware of Andrew Weatherall after he published a favourable review of their eponymous second album in the Boys Own fanzine.[6] Having subsequently met him at an acid house party at which he was DJing and become friends through various later meetings, it was suggested that he should remix "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have" from the album, work for which he was to receive a fee of £500.[6][7]

Weatherall's first attempt, which he later described as basically just having "slung a kick drum under the original",[7] was judged by the band to have been too reverential to the source material and was rejected. Guitarist Andrew Innes instructed Weatherall to instead "just fucking destroy it".[6] His subsequent attempt abandoned all of the original track with the exception of a seven second sample.[7]

At the start of the song, Weatherall added an audio sample of Frank Maxwell and Peter Fonda from the film The Wild Angels.[8]

  • 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 rest of the song is constructed from the 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".[7]

Single release[edit]

The single was released in February 1990, 18 months before the arrival of Screamadelica 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 garnering them a first appearance on television chart show Top of the Pops.[6] The single featured a remix from regular Weatherall collaborator Terry Farley whose version reincorporated part of the original vocal from "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have". 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]


Chart (1990) Peak
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 31
UK Singles (OCC)[11] 16
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[12] 19


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

In film[edit]

The song is played at the beginning of the movie The World's End and was included in its soundtrack.[14]


  1. ^ Brewster, Bill; Broughton, Frank (1999). Last Night a Dj Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey. Headline Book Publishing. p. 347. ISBN 0-7472-6230-6. the supremely twisted remix, "Loaded," another key indie dance record.
  2. ^ Savage, Jon (November 1990). "Boy's Club". Spin. Vol. 6 no. 8. p. 84. ISSN 0886-3032.
  3. ^ a b "50 Most Influential Dance Records of All Times Muzik Magazine". Listology.com. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  4. ^ Cornell, Jeff (16 March 2016). "25 Essential Rock Albums Turning 25 in 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  5. ^ Barker, Emily (31 January 2014). "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time: 100-1". NME. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d O'Hagan, Sean (23 February 2020). "Bobby Gillespie remembers Andrew Weatherall: 'He was a true bohemian'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d Savage, Mark (17 February 2020). "DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall dies". BBC News. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  8. ^ "What is the sample at the start of Loaded by Primal Scream?". Radio X. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Primal Scream - Loaded" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Primal Scream – Loaded" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Primal Scream Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Primal Scream – Loaded". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 31 August 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Loaded in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ Phares, Heather. "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – The World's End [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 March 2020.

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