Primal Scream Talks Controversial "Eyes" Track

Primal Scream is in the process of winding down its European tour in support of its newest album, "Exterminator," and the band is already gearing up for a spring run through the States beginning in late April.

Earlier this week, a concertgoer in Leeds, England caused the band to temporarily halt its concert after throwing a pint of beer at frontman Bobby Gillespie as Primal Scream was performing its controversial U.K. single, "Swastika Eyes."

The band then halted its show for approximately 10 minutes and huddled backstage before returning to finish the gig, which went off without another incident.

"Swastika Eyes," which actually attacks the imperialist and capitalist policies of both the governments and multi-national corporations operating in the U.S. and the U.K., has caused a stir since it was issued as a single in Europe in November.

MTV News caught up with Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield prior to the start of its

European tour, and they talked about the meaning and origin of the track.

"Well, I think it's a really great image, 'swastika eyes,'" Gillespie explained. "We actually started with the song title, and we wrote [around it], and then everything else fell into place. You know, it was a great image, [sings] 'You've got swastika eyes.'"

"When was the last time you saw [U.S. Secretary of State] Madeleine Albright on the TV?" Mani asked. "Therein lies the answer to the conundrum. She has got swastika eyes. [U.K. Prime Minister] Tony Blair has got swastika eyes."

"[So does] the head of BP [British Petroleum], the head of Shell, Lockheed TriStar, McDonnell Douglas,"
Gillespie said.

"If you look at their eyes," Mani said, "you'd

think you're gazing at a great white shark in the middle of a feeding frenzy. There's no humanity there with people anymore."

"All those multi-national corps that are just raping the f***in' planet, man. Just eliminating people." [RealVideo]

Primal Scream does not plan on issuing "Swastika Eyes" as the first U.S. single from "Exterminator," and will instead be touting the album's lead track, "Kill All Hippies."

The band will launch its first headlining tour of North America in eight years on May 26 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club (see "Primal Scream Lines Up U.S. 'Exterminator' Tour").