Robert Young (musician)
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Robert Young Musician

Robert Young
Born(1964-11-19)19 November 1964
Died (aged 49)
Hove, East Sussex, England
GenresAlternative rock indie pop, psychedelic rock, acid house, IDM
InstrumentsGuitar, synths, samples, synth effects
LabelsCreation, Beggars Banquet, Sony
Primal Scream, Felt

Robert "Throb" Young (19 November 1964 – 9 September 2014) was a Scottish musician. He was a member of the alternative rock band Primal Scream from 1984 to 2006.


Young met Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie when they were both studying at Kings Park Secondary School in Glasgow, and he joined the band in 1984.[1] Young performed on every Primal Scream album until his departure in 2006. Young was originally the bass player.[2] Primal Scream's debut album, Sonic Flower Groove, was released in 1987. After the album was released guitarist Jim Beattie left the band and Young took over that role.[2]

Young played bass on Felt's 1989 album Me and a Monkey on the Moon.[3]

Young was also a part of Primal Scream's most famous album, Screamadelica,[4] released by Creation Records in 1991. At that time, beside Bobbie Gillespie and Young, the band included guitarist Andrew Innes and keyboardist Martin Duffy.[5]

The recording session for the follow up album to Screamadelica began in Camden Town. Young and the other members later moved to Memphis to join world-renowned Ardent Studios and work with the veteran producer Tom Dowd.[5]

The last Primal Scream Young performed on was 2006's Riot City Blues. Young left the band in that year - according to Gillespie this was to deal with "problems in his personal life".[1]

Personal life

Young was married twice, divorced from his first wife Anita Laugharne. He had two sons, Brandon and Miles, with a former partner. At the time of his death, he was married to his second wife, Rachel.[6]


Young was found dead in his flat in Hove, East Sussex on the afternoon of 9 September 2014. His death was announced two days later on 11 September.[2][7] At the time of his death, Young was 49 years old.[3] A police spokeswoman stated that his death was not being treated as suspicious.[8][9]

In a widely quoted eulogy, Primal Scream's Gillespie and Andrew Innes wrote:

We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. 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". He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had "Heart & Soul" tattooed on his arm and I'm sure on his heart too. He once said to me, "When we go onstage, it's a war between us and the audience". He never let go of that attitude.[4]

A cause of death has not been officially announced. However, Alan McGee, who was a manager for Primal Scream, has suggested that it was a result of drug/alcohol abuse:

He was the wildest of them all and he was the strongest so it's ironic that we all ended up sober and he fought his demons. Bobby [Gillespie] and me ended up sober, [Andrew] Innes is practically sober and even Tim Abbot is sober but unfortunately the strongest one didn't end up sober and it's ironic and heartbreaking that the strongest one physically died at 49. He was a truly beautiful, gentle person. I guess it's that old cliche of live fast die young...[10]


  1. ^ a b "Robert 'Throb' Young dead: Primal Scream guitarist and founding member passes away suddenly". The Independent. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Primal Scream pay tribute to former guitarist Robert Young". The Guardian. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b Pollock, David (15 September 2014). "Obituary: Robert Young, rock musician". The Scotsman.
  4. ^ a b Kreps, Daniwl (11 September 2014). "Primal Scream Guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young Dead at 49". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b Kris Needs (16 June 2014). George Clinton & The Cosmic Odyssey of the P-Funk Empire. Omnibus Press. p. 380. ISBN 978-1-78323-037-2.
  6. ^ "Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young dies". The Herald. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young dies, aged 49", NME, 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014
  8. ^ "Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young dies". BBC. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Police are not treating the death of ex-Primal Scream guitarist Robert Young as suspicious". The Argus. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Alan McGee speaks to us about the death of his life long friend Robert 'Throb' Young". Louder Than War. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 2016.

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