On its initial releases, Primal Scream were a group of ’60s revivalists crafting hooky, guitar-driven pop songs. The band signed to Creation in 1985, and over the next year they released a pair of singles. However, the band didn’t really take off until the middle of 1986, when Gillespie left the Mary Chain and guitarists Andrew Innes and Robert Young joined the band. “Velocity Girl,” a rush of jangly guitars, was a B-side that wound up on NME’s C-86 cassette compilation, a collection of underground pop groups that defined the U.K.’s mid-’80s indie pop scene. The band’s debut, Sonic Flower Groove, fit into the C-86 sound. After the band rejected the initial version recorded with Stephen Street, they re-recorded it with Mayo Thompson, and the record was finally released in 1987 on Creation subsidiary Elevation. The album was well-received in the British indie community, as was its 1989 follow-up, Primal Scream, which demonstrated hard rock influences from the Rolling Stones and New York Dolls to the Stooges and the MC5.
As the ’80s drew to a close, Britain’s underground music scene was dominated by the burgeoning acid house scene. Primal Scream became fascinated with the new dance music, and they asked a friend, a DJ named Andrew Weatherall, to remix a track from Primal Scream, “I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have.” Weatherall completely reworked the song, adding a heavy bass groove echoing dub reggae, deleting most of the original instrumentation (even the layers of guitars), and interjecting layers of samples, including lines of Peter Fonda’s dialogue from The Wild Angels. The new mix was titled “Loaded,” and it became a sensation, bringing rock & roll to the dancefloor and dance to rock & rollers. “Come Together,” the first single from their forthcoming third album, was in much the same vein, and was similarly praised.