Primal Scream

Mötley Crüe

About Primal Scream

"Primal Scream" is a song by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. The single was released on their 1991 album Decade of Decadence 81-91, which was the band's first of many greatest hits compilations. The song charted at number 63 on The Billboard 100 and number 21 on the Mainstream rock charts. The album Decade of Decadence was released on October 19, 1991 and "Primal Scream" was one of three newly recorded songs for the album, the other two being "Angela" and "Anarchy in the U. K." "Primal Scream" features a music video. The uncensored version of the music video contained full-frontal nudity of a female dancing at the end, but that scene was edited for heavy rotation when aired on worldwide television. The song was said by Nikki Sixx himself via an AskSixx session on Twitter in October 2015, to be written about Arthur Janov's 1970 book "The Primal Scream. Primal Therapy: A Cure For Neurosis." As well as his own childhood. Decade of Decadence also featured another single, The remix version of "Home Sweet Home" which was the band's 8th and final Top 40 hit in 1991, reaching #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. The original 1985 version only reached #89 on the same chart. 


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Broke dick dog
My head slung low
Tail knocked in the dirt

Time and time
Of being told
Trash is all I'm worth

When I was just a young boy
Had to take a little grief
Now that I'm much older
Don't put your shit on me

Grab it and shake
Reach down scrape it
You just got to

Primal scream and shout
Let that mother out
You just gotta say "Hey"
Primal scream & shout
Oooh tear it out
You just gotta say

Janou said
Meters are red
Blow a neurotic fuse

Show a little
A little pain
Unlock a lotta truth

When daddy was a young man
His home was livin' Hell
Mama tried to be so perfect
Now her mind's a padded cell, ya

Grab it and shake
Reach down scrape it
You just got to

Primal scream and shout
Let that mother out
You just gotta say "Hey"
Primal scream & shout
Oooh tear it out
You just gotta say

Hey man, get out of my face
I deal with my problems at my own pace
With your screwed-down, anti-human views
Deal with the pressures by playing the blues
If you want to live life on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn

Primal scream and shout
Let that mother out
You just gotta say "Hey"
Primal scream & shout
Oooh tear it out
You just gotta say

Scream shout Come on come on come on
Scream shout

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Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The group was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has been described through the years as the World's Most Notorious Rock Band and has sold more than 80 million album copies worldwide, including 25 million in the U.S. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Primal Scream" is a song by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. The track was first released on their 1991 compilation album "Decade of Decadence."
Release and Ranking
The song was released as a single in 1991 and reached number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 21 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.
Music Video
The music video for "Primal Scream" features the band performing in a cage-like structure, surrounded by a crowd of excited fans. The video is known for its energetic atmosphere and dynamic performance.
The lyrics of "Primal Scream" are about releasing pent-up frustration and anger, a primal scream as a way of therapy, which is why Mötley Crüe chose the title.
Band Context
"Primal Scream" is considered one of Mötley Crüe's heaviest songs, demonstrating their evolution toward a more hard rock/metal sound.
The line-up of Mötley Crüe at the time of "Primal Scream"'s release consisted of Vince Neil on vocals, Mick Mars on guitar, Nikki Sixx on bass, and Tommy Lee on drums.
Album Reception
The album "Decade of Decadence," where "Primal Scream" features, was released to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary. It reached number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Song Composition
The song uses a range of robust and raucous melodies to create its heavy rock sound. The guitar parts in particular are frequently highlighted for their complexity and technical proficiency.
Live Performances
Since its release, "Primal Scream" has consistently been included in the setlist during Mötley Crüe's live performances due to its popularity among fans.
Behind the Scenes
Interestingly, "Primal Scream" was inspired in part by Arthur Janov's psychotherapy method that shares the title. Janov's idea suggested that repressed pain could be diminished by having the patient revert to the traumatic period of their life and scream.

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