Throb meets the Barmy Army Upstairs

Jailbird-original-mix-creation WPFriday Funday was brought to you with great sadness from my Twitter account. The news I received yesterday morning of the death of Throb was a shock.

Robert ‘Throb’ Young was a founder member and guitarist of Primal Scream, you know the one permanently in leather slacks with the long, curly rock ‘n’ roll hair and a Gibson?

“We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young,” said singer Bobby Gillespie. “A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr ‘Throb with a gold top Les Paul – unbeatable’”

Considering all the genres the Scream Team meld into mind bending records, having a pure rocker on guitar may have occasionally seemed a luxury.

Ever see the Scream live? No? Well, from a live point of view his presence was prerequisite to a high energy rock ‘n’ roll show. He once said to Gillespie, “When we go onstage it’s a war between us and the audience.” He never let go of that attitude. The ‘Jailbird’ single cover captures his bleeding spirit of rock ‘n’ roll essence.

When Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield joined the band in 1996 there was a brutal attack from stage right on four and six strings, a groove merchant and a stallion with his long dark mane, both playing the same song but in different worlds.

Throb left the band in 2006 after the Riot City Blues LP, wishing to take a sabbatical due to problems in his personal life. What the personal reasons were have not been widely publicised but eventually the door was closed to a return as Young was no longer interested in making music.

He leaves behind sons Brandon and Miles, their mother Jane and his wife Rachel.

Tributes came quickly, including former band mate Mani’s wife, Imelda, tweeting: “Beyond sadness today, RIP to the one and only Throb, over to the other side brother, we’ll love you forever . Melds n mani xx xx.”

robertyoung WPThe Cult’s Ian Astbury, who toured with Primal Scream in Australia in 1995 sent this message, “Deeply saddened by this news , what an authentic passionate beautiful man , see you in Valhalla Throb XX”

Whilst a quiet and soulful man he has been recognised by some of the era’s finest British rockers as a great talent.

Chairman Bob underlined this opinion, “an incredible musician … one of the most talented people I’ve ever known.”

May you rest in peace, Throb

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