Though lauded for their landmark albums such as 'Screamadelica' and 'Give Out But Don't Give Up', a new compilation from Primal Scream looks to celebrate the seminal British group as a singles band.
From their beginnings in Scotland in the 1980s, the compilation opens with 'Velocity Girl', the track that famously appeared as the opener on NME's influential C86 compilation, moving through singles from their first two albums such as 'Ivy Ivy Ivy', before including such modern icons as 'Loaded'.
“Right from our 1985 debut All Fall Down onward we’ve approached singles as an aesthetic choice, a statement of where we are as a band,” says Bobby Gillespie. “We grew up with Suffragette City and Metal Guru flying out of the radio. The four Sex Pistols singles were great. Public Image by PiL sounded like nothing else. Prince and Madonna made amazing hits. That has been our approach. I’ve always loved Top 40 pop radio, I love greatest hits albums like The Who’s Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy. I remember Alan McGee saying of Higher Than The Sun: it won’t be a hit, but it will be a statement. Great singles can get out into the world and show people an alternative way of thinking. They make you feel less alone.”
If ever there was a song to justify Primal Scream's status as a band that produced those big chart singles 'Movin' on Up' was probably it.
The 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' period is dealt with, in turn, though the album has received its own moment in the spotlight in 2018 when the Original Memphis Recordings were rediscovered and released, but here represented by the timeless singles that the album produced, 'Rocks', Jailbird and (I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind'.
The 31 tracks, compiled as two CDs and a two-volume double LP come to a close with 2016's singles from Primal Scream's Chaosmosis period, including 'Where the Light Gets In (With Sky Ferreira)'.
‘Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Singles’ will be released on May 24th via Sony.