“Just what is it that you want to do?”


I noticed that legendary DJ/producer/remixer Andrew Weatherall is playing the Sydney Festival next week. It got me thinking about some of his finest moments, which inevitably led me to Primal Scream’s Loaded. The scene he sampled from The Wild Angels has got to be one of the most uplifting, energizing moments in movie history. Up there with iconic screw-the-system scenes from films like Network, Taxi Driver and The Wild Ones. But the thing I find most fascinating about this particular scene is the way you literally cannot watch it without hearing the opening strains of Loaded in your mind.

It’s amazing to think that the idea of sampling a piece of film dialogue onto a music track could create such an indelible cultural impact. And it makes me (jealously!) think about how incredible it’d be to create something that will resonate culturally pretty much forever. The buzz of knowing that you’ve achieved such alchemy must be beyond money, fame, passing kudos and awards. Top work, Andrew Weatherall, you’re a legend, you’re gonna live forever!


About antmelder
Executive Creative Director at Host/Havas Sydney; passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen.

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