R.I.P. Robert “Throb” Young, former Primal Scream guitarist dead at 49


Robert “Throb” Young (left)

Robert “Throb” Young, best known as the former guitarist for Primal Scream, was found dead in his Sussex, England home on Tuesday afternoon. He was 49 years old. According to The Guardian, his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Joining Primal Scream in the ’80s, Young appeared on the band’s debut album, Sonic Flower Groove. The bassist-turned-guitarist also went on to contribute to 1991’s Screamadelica, 1994’s Give Out But Don’t Give Up, and 2000’s XTRMNTR, among others, before finally leaving the group in 2006.

Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes offered up their condolences in a statement provided to NME:

“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’.”

Oasis’ Liam Gallagher, a longtime fan of Primal Scream, also mourned Young’s untimely death with a message on Twitter:

Below, revisit some of Young’s contributions as a member of Primal Scream.

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