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Loaded (Primal Scream song)

"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). It is a remix of an earlier song titled "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have".

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"

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

Inspiration and compositionEdit

Primal Scream approached Andrew Weatherall after a favourable review of the second Primal Scream album in the 'Boys Own' football fanzine. He was asked to remix "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have", a song from the band's eponymous second album, Primal Scream and by the second or third attempt Loaded was born — his first visit to a recording studio.

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

  • 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 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".

The single also included a remix by Terry Farley, who incorporated part of the original vocal from "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have".

Single releaseEdit

The single was released in February 1990, 18 months before the arrival of the album 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 featured a remix from regular Weatherall collaborator Terry Farley. 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)[6] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 31
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 16
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[9] 19


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 200,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  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. 6 (8): 84. ISSN 0886-3032.
  3. ^ a b "50 Most Influential Dance Records of All Times Muzik Magazine". 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. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Primal Scream - Loaded" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. ^ " – Primal Scream – Loaded" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Screamadelica – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  10. ^ "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.

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