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Remembering Throb: Primal Scream guitarist is gone, but his riffs not forgotten

by | 11th, September 2014

SAD news – Primal Scream guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young has died, according to reports and testimonials from friends.

The band’s publicist has confirmed the news, but there’s been no word from the band themselves. Former Screamteam members and friends have tweeted about their sadness at the news, with Mani (member of Primal Scream between Stone Roses gigs) posting on a forum:

“Robert young , AKA the throb, passed away this weekend in hove. Truly devastating news.”

Liam Gallagher tweeted “RIP Robert Young AKA ‘Throb’. Live Forever LG x,” while Tim Burgess added: “So sad to hear of the death of Rob ‘Throb’ Young … A real good un.”

Friend of the band and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh paid tribute, writing: “RIP Robert Young. One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side. #Throb”

Throb was a member of Primal Scream from pretty much the off until his departure in 2006. He was there for all the band’s greatest LPs, from ‘Screamadelica’, though to ‘Vanishing Point’ and the super underrated ‘XTRMNTR’.

When he left the group, Bobby Gillespie said at the time: “Let’s just say that he’s got some problems that he’s got to sort out for himself. It’s a hard thing to talk about, because it’s private and it’s his life, and I don’t think I have the right to judge him. I’d like Throbert to be alive. I’d like him to be well. I’d like him to be happy. Further than that I can’t really say. I just hope he wants to get better.”

So now, we’d like to share some of Throb’s best moments with the band.


When the Screamteam went back to their classic rock sound, a lot of people were unhappy because they wanted more acid house. However, Primal Scream are are varied as their record collections and Throb was a talisman during the ‘Exile On Main Street’ years.


Noise fun terror is one of the thins that Primal Scream are best at and, with Throb and Innes in full ‘attack hippies with noise’ mode, Accelerator is one of the most fabulous things to witness live.

Slip Inside This House

Slip Inside This House, a 13th Floor Elevators cover, is a stand-out track on ‘Screamadelica’ and features Throb on vocals.


Again, Throb provided extreme terror on this wonderful version of ‘City’, where the Screamteam take names and numbers with paranoia and volume. Perfect.

Velocity Girl

Back to where it all started, with Bobby G, Innes and Throb showing their love of jangly garage psychedelia, where they became unlikely poster boys for the C86 movement.

Movin’ On Up

One of Primal Scream’s most enduring songs.

I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have

The song that would eventually morph into ‘Loaded’, this song seems rather apt for a band who have had to say goodbye to one of their oldest friends.

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