When Primal Scream paid tribute to Motörhead by covering their anthem Motörhead it was kind of odd that they were actually covering Hawkwind.
OK so Lemmy wrote the song. But Hawkwind, who (much like Primal Scream) were a ever changing gang of Space Pirates who pushed the boundaries of music and chemical consumption to new hypnotic and baffling heights had plenty of epic trippy grooves for PS to play about with on their (career best) album Vanishing Point.
Yet they chose to Cover Motörhead not Silver Machine, Master Of The Universe, Warrior At The Edge Of Time or You Shouldn’t Do That. So it must be a deliberate tribute to the hardest working, dirtiest, druggiest rock and roll band in the world (also something Primal Scream have been accused of being at times) as well as a bit of wish fulfillment.
Rather than trying to out space Hawkwind or out speed Motörhead they decide to go with their own trademark essence Groove. Coming on like a dirty needle in the Stones ’78 tour bus the groove is pure filth, but there’s no denying it’s a groove.
After a mumbled ‘I am Iron Man’ type play about with distortion pedals on microphones they slip into the highly flammable rhythm.
“Sunrise, wrong side of another day, sky high and six thousand miles away, don’t know how long I’ve been awake, woke up in an amazing state”
I know the words. I’ve sung them a thousand times. When Bobby G sings them he makes them his own.
Don’t move, I’ll shut the door and kill the lights, I guess I’ll see you all on the ice”