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Scream give out but won't give up
Primal Scream bandmate Kevin Shields may be complaining about the neighbours, but Mani hasn’t thrown the towel in yet. He tells us why things are looking up for the Scream.
Stuart Clark, 04 Aug 2006
Mani is rather less convinced by Pete Doherty.
“He’s a cheeky monkey who knows how to play the press, but I wish it was about the music rather than the other shit he gets up to. I don’t want to see him die ‘cause he’s a lovely, talented guy. Mick Jones, who knows his onions, has faith in Pete Doherty, so hopefully he’ll come good.”
Talking of newspapers, was Mani surprised to see his ex-bandmate Kevin Shields on the front of the Camden New Journal giving out about a noisy neighbour?
“Kevin Shields complaining about noise pollution is so psychedelic it’s beyond words,” he cackles. “You say 'ex-' but he’s never really left the Scream. ‘Cause this record’s more organic and less gripped by madness, he was free to be a busy boy elsewhere. The fun and absolute sonic shenanigans we had making Xtrmntr and Evil Heat were all down to Kevin. He fired everything in to the computer and the songs came out the other end.
“I have no doubt that we’ll work together again in the very near future – the Scream is for life, not just for Christmas!”
As one maverick genius temporarily left the fold, another joined.
“I presume you’re referring to Warren Ellis?”
We are indeed.
“We had a mad, twisted country tune (‘Hell’s Comin’ Down’) that needed fiddle and, having gigged before with The Bad Seeds, we knew he was the man for the job. He’s like us – a three chord rock ‘n’ roller looking for a good time.”