Shake, Rattle & Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Review Of Martin St John’s Psychedelic Confessions Of A Primal Screamer…

When I first heard about Martin St John’s Psychedelic Confessions Of A Primal Screamer: The Tambourine Years 1984 – 1987 I thought it would purely be for the demographic who once owned a pair of leather trousers, consider Forever Changes by Love as one of the greatest albums ever made, and who have a treasured copy of Sonic Flower Groove in their record collection. That would have been fine by me as it’s a demographic to which I, and our kid, are both proud to belong. This was always going to be a book for me and those like me. What’s perhaps more surprising is that it’s a book for you as well.

Martin St John was on tambourine and psychedelic vibes for the newly formed Primal Scream between 1984 and ’87, and the book relates the story of the group way before Andy Weatherall and Screamadelica brought them world-wide success and infamy. In it St John tells the tale of “six Glaswegian garage heads hell-bent on acid, hard kicks and psychedelia”, and does so with such gusto that you cannot be helped but be carried along in his wake.

The hardest thing for any writer is to get their voice across, but Martin St John’s is loud and proud, clear and irrepressible. Words and phrases are CAPPED UNEXPECTEDLY, exclamation marks regularly make their point, and the end result is all the better for it. I can guarantee that most writing class tutors, or editors, would insist such flourishes were removed, and I’m happy to have an argument about the negative results of that another time, but the way this book is written not only fits the writer, it fits the story he has to tell. Continue reading

Have Your SAY: Vote Now In This Year’s SAY Awards…


There has been talk about voting fatigue, but no matter if you’re in or out, we all like to shake it all about and  how better to do that than to take part in the public vote for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award.

You can now do just that, but only until tomorrow night (Wednesday, 15th June) at midnight. To help you choose, below are tracks from all 20 long listed  albums and you can learn more about them by clicking on their names.

It’s a list of quite breathtaking quality
and range so it’s not going to be an easy choice, but here they are in alphabetical order. You only get one chance, so vote now or forever shut yer geg…

Admiral Fallow – Tiny Rewards

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