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Bobby Gillespie
Gillespie with Primal Scream in 2009
Gillespie with Primal Scream in 2009
Background information
Birth nameRobert Gillespie
Born (1962-06-22) 22 June 1962 (age 60)
Glasgow, Scotland
GenresAlternative rock, post-punk, indie pop, psychedelic rock, acid house, dance-rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
InstrumentsVocals, mellotron, electric piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Years active1982–present
LabelsCreation, Beggars Banquet, Sony
Websiteofficial website

Robert "Bobby" Gillespie (born 22 June 1962) is a Scottish musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the lead singer, founding member, and primary lyricist of the alternative rock band Primal Scream.[1] He was also the drummer for The Jesus and Mary Chain in the mid-1980s.

In October 2021, Gillespie published his memoir Tenement Kid.[2]

Early life

Born in Springburn and moved to the south side district of Mount Florida in Glasgow aged 10, he attended Kings Park Secondary School. His father is Bob Gillespie, a former SOGAT union official and Labour Party candidate in the 1988 Govan by-election, won by the Scottish National Party's Jim Sillars.[3]


The Jesus and Mary Chain

Gillespie played drums for the band The Jesus and Mary Chain. Prior to The Jesus and Mary Chain, he worked as a roadie for Altered Images and played bass in The Wake. Gillespie was a friend of The Jesus and Mary Chain's bassist Douglas Hart, who asked Gillespie to join the band after their original drummer had left following the release of their debut single in 1984. Gillespie's style of drumming was minimal, with his drum kit consisting only of a snare and a floor tom, which he played standing up, an idea he borrowed from The Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker. Gillespie has also said that he played only two drums due to his own lack of ability as a drummer.

Gillespie played on the band's debut LP, Psychocandy, which was released in 1985 to critical acclaim. By this time Gillespie had already released a single, albeit to little attention, with his own band Primal Scream. Throughout his days as a drummer Gillespie had continued to work at Primal Scream, the band he started along with guitarist Jim Beattie in 1982. By early 1986, Gillespie had played his last show with The Jesus and Mary Chain and left to devote his attentions to Primal Scream.

Primal Scream, collaboration and autobiography

The band signed to Creation Records in 1985, and over the next year, they released a pair of singles. However, Primal Scream did not really take off until the middle of 1986, when Gillespie left the Jesus and Mary Chain and guitarists Andrew Innes and Robert Young joined the band. The B-side "Velocity Girl" wound up on NME''s C86 cassette compilation, a collection of underground pop groups that defined the UK's mid-'80s indie pop scene. After the band rejected the initial version of debut album, Sonic Flower Groove, recorded with Stephen Street, they re-recorded the album with Mayo Thompson, and the record was released in 1987 on the 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 MC5.

As the 1980s drew to a close, Britain's underground music scene became 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 reworked the song, adding a heavy bass groove echoing dub, deleting most of the original instrumentation (including the layers of guitars), and interjecting layers of samples, including lines of Peter Fonda's dialogue from The Wild Angels. The new mix was retitled "Loaded", and it became a sensation. "Come Together", the first single from their forthcoming third album, was in much the same vein, and was similarly praised.

Bobby Gillespie on tour in 1991 at Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan

For their third album, Screamadelica, Primal Scream worked with Andrew Weatherall and Hugo Nicolson, the pair who designed the sound of the album. They also worked with The Orb and former The Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller. The resulting album was a kaleidoscopic, neo-psychedelic fusion of dance, dub, techno, acid house, pop, and rock, and it was greeted with favorable reviews in the UK. Released in the spring of 1991, Screamadelica was one of the records credited for bringing techno and house into the pop mainstream.[citation needed] The album was a success, winning the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992.

The fourth album, Give Out But Don't Give Up, marked a departure for the band from its original sound, experimenting instead with Stones-influenced hard rock. The album was not well received, and it was a relative commercial failure. It hurt the group's reputation as innovators, a situation they reacted to with the title track to the hit 1996 film Trainspotting, a return to the dance stylings of Screamadelica. The band continued to work on their next album, entitled Vanishing Point, over the course of 1996, releasing it to positive reviews[citation needed] in the summer of 1997. The ultra-aggressive XTRMNTR followed in the spring of 2000. Two years later Primal Scream released Evil Heat, an album in line with XTRMNTR, and in 2006 Riot City Blues came out. 2008 saw the release of Beautiful Future.

In January 2010, Primal Scream started work on their new album, More Light, which was released in May 2013.

In March 2016, Chaosmosis was released, album containing well received songs such as "100% or Nothing", "Trippin' on Your Love".

In July 2021, he released Utopian Ashes, a duet album with Jehnny Beth; it was issued under the banner of both artists "Bobby Gillepsie and Jehnny Beth". Utopian Ashes was met with "generally positive reviews" with a rate of 80 out of 100 from music critics.[4] Two videos featuring the duo were shot to promote the singles "Chase it Down" and "Remember We Were Lovers" and uploaded on YouTube.

Gillespie's book, Tenement Kid, a memoir relating his childhood in 1960s Springburn Glasgow, the discovering of punk, then his realization as an artist, until the release of Screamadelica, was published in late 2021. The book was released to critical acclaim: the Scotsman wrote that "Gillespie’s autobiography is written with both passion and eloquence",[5] while the Irish Times wrote that Tenement Kid was "a thrilling read".[6] The Times reviewed it as an "elegantly written tale": Will Hodgkinson said that "the Primal Scream frontman writes movingly about his troubled youth".[7]


Although Gillespie only sings and plays occasional percussion onstage with Primal Scream, throughout his career he has played a number of different instruments, most notably drums with The Jesus and Mary Chain and bass guitar with The Wake. On Primal Scream's 2013 album More Light, he is credited with a number of keyboard instruments along with drums and percussion, and he played synthesizer on one of The Wake's singles. Additionally, he is shown playing guitar briefly in the music video for "You Trip Me Up" by The Jesus and Mary Chain, and twelve-string guitar on Primal Scream's single "Gentle Tuesday", and, although able to play these instruments, did not play them on either recording. Gillespie is credited with guitar on the track "Gravitational Waves (Drifter's Song)", the b-side to the Record Store Day 2016 release Mantra for a State of Mind.[8]


Studio albums

  • 2021 – Utopian Ashes (Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth)

Personal life

Gillespie married stylist Katy England at St. Margaret's Church, Betley on 29 July 2006. It was attended by Kate Moss and village resident Doreen Angell sang in the choir. They have two children together, Wolf (born in 2001)[9] and Lux (born in 2004).[10]

He is a supporter of Celtic F.C.


Gillespie defaced a Make Poverty History poster signed by all the acts at the Glastonbury Festival in 2005.[11] Gillespie scribbled over this and wrote "Make Israel History."[12] Gillespie later said that he did this in support of Palestine, and when questioned on whether he was anti-Semitic, he responded "There's Israeli and Jewish people who support the Palestinian cause as well. We did a lot of work for the Hoping Foundation to raise money for children in the Palestinian refugee camps and the lady who got us involved is Bella Freud, Lucian Freud's daughter and Sigmund Freud's great granddaughter. They had to flee Austria to escape Nazi persecution, and she believes in the Palestinian cause. To say we're anti-Semitic is a smear, so you'd better watch what you're saying. Because you oppose one country's government's policies doesn't mean to say that you hate all the people from that country. I don't like Bush or Putin or Tony Blair, but I don't hate American, Russian or British people. Most people are just trying hard to get by."[12]

In 2012 he stated that he believed the British coalition government were reactionary quasi-fascists.[13] The statement was prompted by the use of Primal Scream's song "Rocks" at the Conservative Party Conference.[14]

In 2016, Gillespie, during a break due to a technical issue, said, "I'm no comedian but should I tell a joke?", before saying to the room: "What do you call a Conservative MP that's been stabbed to death? A beautiful fucking thing".[15]

In 2019, Gillespie called Madonna a "total prostitute" for agreeing to perform at that year's Eurovision which took place in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gillespie said: "Madonna would do anything for money, you know, she's a total prostitute. And I've got nothing against prostitutes. The whole thing is set up to normalise the state of Israel, and its disgraceful treatment of the Palestinian people. By going to perform in Israel what you do is you normalise that. Primal Scream would never perform in Israel. I think Madonna is just desperate for publicity, desperate for the money. They pay very, very well".[16]

in January 2021, Gillespie declared his support for the Scottish independence movement, saying that Scotland's exit from the UK was "inevitable", however he also said "I don't see myself as a nationalist, as that leads to Fascism".[17]


  2. ^ Gillespie, Bobby (2021). Tenement Kid. White Rabbit. ISBN 9781474622066.
  3. ^ "Alba Money – Financial news and budgeting advice". Archived from the original on 25 September 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  4. ^ "'Utopian Ashes' by Bobby Gillepsie and Jehnny Beth, Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  5. ^ Shepherd, Fiona (15 October 2021). "Book review: Tenement Kid, by Bobby Gillespie". Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  6. ^ Doyle, Martin (23 October 2021). "Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie: a thrilling read". Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  7. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (9 October 2021). Acid Freakouts and the Making of a Raver [Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie - book review]. The Times. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Primal Scream – Mantra For A State Of Mind". Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Wolf Gillespie Model". SHOW studio. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Primal Scream . Webadelica". 15 April 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  11. ^ Mat Ward (11 May 2013). "Primal Scream are back hollering for the left". Green Left Weekly. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Primal Scream . Webadelica". 15 April 2006. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie: 'The coalition government are reactionary, quasi-fascists'". New Musical Express. 28 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Primal Scream 'totally disgusted' after Conservative Party use 'Rocks' during party conference". New Musical Express. 5 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie makes sick joke at Bristol gig about Tory MP being stabbed to death". Bristol Post. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Eurovision: Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie calls Madonna a 'total prostitute' for performing at Israel event". The Independent. 19 May 2019.
  17. ^ McCall, Chris (1 February 2021). "Primal Scream star Bobby Gillespie declares support for Scottish independence". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 February 2021.

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Jehnny Beth
Jehnny Beth in 2016
Jehnny Beth in 2016
Background information
Birth nameCamille Berthomier
Also known as
  • Camille Berthomier de Poitiers
  • Camouille Berthomouille
Born (1984-12-24) 24 December 1984 (age 37)
Poitiers, France
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, actress
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active2004–present
LabelsPop Noire, Matador

Jehnny Beth (born Camille Berthomier, 24 December 1984[1]), is a French musician, singer-songwriter, producer, presenter and actress, best known as half of the duo John & Jehn and front woman of the English rock band Savages.[2] Her debut solo album To Love Is to Live was released to critical acclaim in June 2020.[3] Beth is known for her powerful live performances and her intense voice. She also collaborated with other artists such as Trentemøller, Julian Casablancas, Tindersticks, Gorillaz, Noël Gallagher, Romy Madley Croft of the xx, Idles and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream. In 2021, she released a duet album with Gillespie titled Utopian Ashes which received favourable reviews.

In addition to her music career, Beth played in several films including An Impossible Love in 2018, for which she received a nomination for the Best Female Newcomer at the 2019 Cesar Awards.

Early life

Jehnny Beth was born in Poitiers, Vienne, France to Catholic theater-director parents. Describing them, she said they, "[...]were keen to impress the importance of academic study on her and her sister[...]".[4][5] She had her first music instructors, a pair of jazz musicians, to learn piano and sing at the age of around 8, Chet Baker's songs in English. Her theatrical and musical career started in an early age by playing the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and performing her first piano recital at 10.[6][7] She was trained in dramatic arts at the conservatoire de Poitiers.[8]

In late 2006, she moved to London with fellow John & Jehn member, Nicolas Congé (aka Johnny Hostile) to pursue their career as a duo.

Music career

John and Jehn

Beth met fellow musician Nicolas Congé and formed John & Jehn in France in 2006. They released two albums including their self-titled debut album which received favourable reviews.[9] The band also includes Savages' founding member Gemma Thompson on keyboards and guitar.


Originally formed in 2011 by Thompson and bassist Ayse Hassan, Beth becoming the vocalist of the band after Hostile turned down Thompson's request to front the band. The band gained commercial success when their debut album, Silence Yourself, which peaked at number 19 on the UK albums chart. Adore Life was released in 2016. Both albums were nominated for the Mercury Prize, in 2013 and 2016 respectively.[10][11]


In 2015, Beth took part of the "David Bowie Is ..." exhibition by performing live some of Bowie's hits, including "Space Oddity" and "The Man Who Sold the World".[12] On 27 June 2016, Beth performed live solo to open for PJ Harvey at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England.[13]

In June 2020, Beth released To Love Is to Live, her first solo album – or "personal" album as she refers to it. It featured collaborations with singer Joe Talbot of Idles, arranger and producer Atticus Ross (a frequent collaborator of Trent Reznor), and singer Romy Croft of the xx. Croft recorded backing vocals on the song "We Will Sin Together" which was promoted as a single. The album was widely acclaimed by critics.[14] Videos were shot to promote the singles "I'm the Man",[15] "Flower",[16] "Heroine",[17] and "We Will Sin Together".[18] Beth's YouTube channel also includes a concert performed at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in London, at the Roundhouse prior to the release of the album.


In 2015, Danish electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist Trentemøller released the album Fixion, including "River in Me" and "Complicated" with Beth on vocals.[19] Trentemøller has described Beth's voice as "intense and unique".[20] In 2015, Beth and the Strokes front man Julian Casablancas recorded a duet and released the single "Boy/Girl" (which was a cover version of Sort Sol and Lydia Lunch).[21] In 2016, she duetted with Primal Scream for a live performance of "Some Velvet Morning" at the Bristol's Downs festival.[22] That year, she recorded vocals for "We Are Dreamers" on Tindersticks's album The Waiting Room. On 13 March, Beth joined the xx onstage to perform "Infinity" together at O2 Academy Brixton, London.[23] On 23 March, Beth was announced to be the featured artist for "We Got the Power", Gorillaz's second single from album Humanz. The song also included former Oasis member Noël Gallagher in backing vocals.[24] On 5 May 2017, they performed the song live on The Graham Norton Show.[25]

Beth and Hostile wrote the score for the documentary film XY Chelsea in 2019. The 23 songs were released under the banner of "XY Chelsea -original soundtrack composed and performed by Johnny Hostile and Jehnny Beth", on double LP vinyl on the website of their label Pop Noire.[26] "Let it Out" was the single featuring Beth on vocals released ahead of the album.[27] In 2020, Beth recorded vocals on the song "Ne Touché pas Moi" for Idles on their album Ultra Mono.[28]

In 2021, she released Utopian Ashes, a duet album with Bobby Gillepsie; it was issued under the banner of both artists "Bobby Gillepsie and Jehnny Beth". Utopian Ashes was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[29] Two videos featuring Beth and Gillespie were shot to accompany the singles "Chase it Down" and "Remember We Were Lovers" and uploaded on YouTube.


Beth played the lead role in the 2005 French mystery film Through the Forest directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac.[30] She also played a role as Marie-Jeanne in a 2009 horror French film Sodium Babies.[31] In 2018 she played a role in the film An Impossible Love by director Catherine Corsini: Beth then received a nomination for the "Best Female Newcomer" at the 2019 Cesar Awards which is the national film award of France.[32]


She published a book titled C.A.L.M: 12 erotic short stories with Johnny Hostile in June 2020. The book included film noir stories written by Beth with photographies taken by Hostile. It was presented as a "manifesto in the form of erotic photography, monologues and dialogues, Johnny Hostile's stimulating photography punctuates Jehnny Beth's seductive prose". The full collection of Hostile's photography is featured in a limited-edition hard cover art book title C.A.L.M: Crimes Against Love Memories. A fanzine with a different content, also titled Calm, was also issued.[33]

Radio host and TV host

She ran her own Beats 1 radio programme, Start Making Sense, which premiered on 12 April 2016.[34] In 2020, Beth also started to present a 60 minute TV show on European channel Arte, titled Echoes with Jehnny Beth, featuring discussions with musicians and live performances of bands: all the episodes of Echoes with Jehnny Beth are available on YouTube worldwide.


In 2011, she founded the record label "Pop Noire" with Johnny Hostile and artist director Antoine Carlier.[35] Their label, based in Paris, features several French and International acts on their roster.[36]

Personal life

Beth has been in a relationship with Johnny Hostile since 2006. She is bisexual, stating that "I’ve been a bisexual since a very young age."[37]


John & Jehn

  • John & Jehn (2008)
  • Time for the Devil (2010)



Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth

  • Utopian Ashes (2021)


2005Through the ForestArmelle
2009Sodium BabiesMarie-Jeanne
2018An Impossible LoveChantal
2019Oh les filles!Herself
2021Kaamelott: The First ChapterWulfstan
Paris, 13th DistrictAmber Sweet


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  2. ^ Ashley Simpson (17 October 2013). "John and Jehn Become Savages". W Magazine. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Critic Reviews: To Live is to Love - Jehnny Beth". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Savages talk about love on the London band's terms as 'Adore Life' set to land". Los Angeles Times. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Cover Story: Savages". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Fierce Creatures: Savages interview". Dazed. 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Savages' Jehnny Beth talks about Adore Life and her songwriting process". The Verge. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Mini live report Kilbi day 3". Food and Fuzz (in French). 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ "John & Jehn – Time for the Devil". Female First. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Mercury Prize 2013: List of nominees in full". The Independent. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Mercury Prize 2016: David Bowie gets posthumous nomination". BBC News. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Savages talk to Alex Wisgard about finding the positivity buried in the noise of their defiant second album Adore Life". 19 January 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Jehnny Beth". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Jehnny Beth - "I'm The Man" (Official Video)". Jehnny Beth on YouTube. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Jehnny Beth - "Flower" (Official Video)". Jehnny Beth on YouTube. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Jehnny Beth - "Heroine" (Official Video)". Jehnny Beth on YouTube. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Jehnny Beth - "We Will Sin Together" (Official Video)". Jehnny Beth on YouTube. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Trentemøller – "Complicated" (Feat. Jehnny Beth) Video". Stereogum. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Trentemøller links up with Savages' Jehnny Berthomier for new song "River in Me"". The Line of Best Fit. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Julian Casablancas & Jehnny Beth Collaboration Is A Danish Punk Cover Out Next Month". Stereogum. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Primal Scream - love andthanks to Jehnny Beth". Facebook/primalscreamofficial. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Watch The xx and Savages' Jehnny Beth perform 'Infinity' together". 14 March 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Damon Albarn Enlists Oasis' Noël Gallagher and Savages' Jehnny Beth for New Song "We Got the Power": Listen". Pitchfork. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Watch Gorillaz perform on The Graham Norton Show with Noël Gallagher and Jehnny Beth". 6 May 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  26. ^ "XY Chelsea -double vinyl and poster". Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  27. ^ Bloom, Madison (3 May 2019). "Savages' Jehnny Beth Shares New Song From Chelsea Manning Documentary". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  28. ^ Munro, Scott (10 July 2020). "Idles announce new album Ultra Mono and launch video for Grounds". Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  29. ^ "Utopian Ashes by Bobby Gillepsie and Jehnny Beth, Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  30. ^ "Through the Forest (À travers la forêt)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Film Review: Sodium Babies (2009)". Horrors News. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  32. ^ "Cesar Awards: Xavier Legrand's 'Custody' Wins Best Film". 22 February 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  33. ^ "Jenny Beth store". Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  34. ^ "Savages' Jehnny Beth Announces Beats 1 Show, Talks About Friendship With PJ Harvey". Pitchfork. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  35. ^ "ABout - Pop Noire". Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  36. ^ "Shop- list of artists - Pop Noire". Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  37. ^ "I am B in LGBT". Tumblr. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2017.

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