Primal Scream (song)

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"Primal Scream"
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Decade of Decadence
Released 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 4:47
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
"Primal Scream"
"Home Sweet Home '91"

"Primal Scream" is a song by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. The single was released on their 1991 album Decade of Decadence 81-91, which was the band's first of many greatest hits compilations. The song charted at number 63 on The Billboard 200 and number 21 on the Mainstream rock charts.[1] The album Decade of Decadence was released on October 19, 1991 and "Primal Scream" was one of three newly recorded songs for the album, the other two being "Angela" and "Anarchy in the U.K."

"Primal Scream" features a music video. The uncensored version of the music video contained full-frontal nudity of a female dancing at the end, but that scene was edited for heavy rotation when aired on worldwide television.

The song was said by Nikki Sixx himself via an AskSixx session on Twitter in October 2015, to be written about Arthur Janov's 1970 book "The Primal Scream. Primal Therapy: A Cure For Neurosis." As well as his own childhood.

Decade of Decadence also featured another single, The remix version of "Home Sweet Home" which was the band's 8th and final Top 40 hit in 1991, reaching #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. The original 1985 version only reached #89 on the same chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Primal Scream"



  1. ^ "Allmusic (Motley Crue charts & awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th ed, Billboard Publications, Inc. 1996.