They have made records with George Clinton and Kate Moss, invited Mani of the Stone Roses and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine into the fold, survived narcotic oblivion, personal trauma and the death of beloved guitarist Robert "Throb" Young, and captured the mood of the nation several times over.
Throughout it all, they have always sounded like Primal Scream. And they have always made great singles.
From their psychedelic roots to the era-defining hedonism of Screamadelica through to the sonic attack of XTRMNTR and beyond, the eclectic nature of Primal Scream has been matched by the sheer consistency of their singles and they have become part of Britain's musical heritage.
Now Primal Scream compile one of the great singles discographies into one expansive collection with Maximum Rock 'N' Roll: The Singles, which will be released on 24th May 2019.
"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."
Opening with the jangly melodic rush of Velocity Girl, the collection is a celebration of a catalogue of songs from a band who have always pushed the boundaries of their sound.
Tracklisting For The Vinyl Format is:
VOL 1A 1 1986 Velocity Girl
2 1987 Gentle Tuesday
4 1989 Ivy Ivy Ivy
5 1990 Loaded
VOL 1B 6 Come Together
7 1991 Higher Than the Sun
8 Don't Fight It, Feel It
9 1992 Movin' on Up
VOL 1C 10 1994 Rocks
12 (I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind
13 1997 Kowalski
VOL 1D 14 Star
15 Burning Wheel
16 1999 Swastika Eyes
17 2000 Kill All Hippies
VOL 2A 18 Accelerator
19 2002 Miss Lucifer
20 Autobahn 66
21 2003 Some Velvet Morning (with Kate Moss)
VOL 2B 22 2006 Country Girl
23 Dolls (Sweet Rock and Roll)
24 Sometimes I Feel So Lonely
VOL 2C 25 2008 Can't Go Back
26 Uptown (Weatherall mix )
27 2013 2013
28 It's Alright, It's OK
VOL 2D 29 Goodbye Johnny
30 2016 Where the Light Gets In (with Sky Ferreira)
31 100% or Nothing
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