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Digital Subscriptions > Long Live Vinyl > Jun 2019 - The Stone Roses > PRIMAL SCREAM


It’s over 33 years since Primal Scream’s debut single Velocity Girl introduced one of music’s most unpredictable collectives to the public consciousness. A brand new singles compilation showcases just how maverick “one of the last high-energy rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world” have remained ever since. John Earls hears from mainman Bobby Gillespie about the perilous future of rock ‘n’ roll, how he doesn’t understand his children’s music and becoming an accidental political hero…
From first 45 Velocity Girl to the most recent 100% Or Nothing, Primal Scream have clocked up a grand total of 31 single releases

Rock ‘n’ roll is a dead language, like Latin. For rock ‘n’ roll to be relevant again, it has to be reinvented. To quote Karl Marx, it has to be the poetry of the future. And that’s not going to come from a copy of what’s come before

Bobby Gillespie and the late Robert ‘Throb’ Young during the ‘psychodrama’ that is a Primal Scream live performance

Primal Scream’s new singles compilation is called Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll. It seems a misleading title for a band who have incorporated dub, rave, pop, soul, country, funk and more besides into the compilation’s two hours and 31 songs. Ask frontman Bobby Gillespie what rock ‘n’ roll means in 2019 and he replies: “Rock ‘n’ roll is an old language, but it’s the language I grew up with, and so did everybody else in the band. It was primarily punk when we were growing up, but also bands like Thin Lizzy. And it’s the musical language we use when we play live, because I see us as one of the last high-energy rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world. When we play live, there’s a certain psychodrama involved, every performance has to be different. It can’t be the same boring set every time, with the same moves. There has to be the chance of it fucking up. We embody the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, and to me that’s what Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll means: giving everything to the audience every night.”

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In our cover story, we look back at The Stones Roses' classic 1989 debut album 30 years on from its release. Producer John Leckie takes us inside the making of the record and Peter Hook reveals how he would have made it sound even better. We also count down the 60 greatest debut albums of all time, from Are You Experienced to Unknown Pleasures. Elsewhere, the irrepressible Bobby Gillespie guides us through Primal Scream’s new best-of collection, Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll, Kevin Morby explains why a concept album about religion might be the best record he’s ever made, and we meet the outrageously talented Aldous Harding to hear about joyful new LP Designer. We also profile the legendary Stiff Records and take an in-depth look at The Cure’s Disintegration – which turns 30 this year as the band prepare to headline Glastonbury. Legendary photographer Norman Seeff recalls shooting Blondie, Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones, and if that's not enough we bring you the widest range of new album, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.