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"Rocks" is a song by British group Primal Scream, taken from their fourth album, Give Out But Don't Give Up. The song was released as a single in 1994 and reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart, acting as a double A-side with another of the band's songs, "Funky Jam". Together they were the highest-charting Primal Scream single until "Country Girl" in 2006. In 2018 the song received a Silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales exceeding 200,000 copies.

Single by Primal Scream
from the album Give Out But Don't Give Up
B-side"Funky Jam" (Hot Ass Mix)
Released28 February 1994
FormatVinyl record (7", 12"), CD
GenreAlternative rock, blues rock
Songwriter(s)Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Robert Young
Producer(s)Tom Dowd
Primal Scream singles chronology
"'Dixie-Narco EP'"
"Rocks" / "Funky Jam"

This song was the first indication of Primal Scream's change of musical style, when compared to their last album, 1991's Screamadelica, which featured dance leanings. "Rocks" (and the whole Give Out But Don't Give Up album in general) featured a more classic rock structure inspired by that of artists such as T. Rex, The Rolling Stones and The Faces. Faces singer Rod Stewart would later in fact cover the song himself, releasing it in his 1998 album When We Were the New Boys.[1][2]

The intro is in a similar style to the drumbreak of Sly & The Family Stone's "Dance to the Music".

Jessica Mauboy covered the song on her 2016 album, The Secret Daughter: Songs from the Original TV Series.

The song was featured in the 1994 comedy film Airheads.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Robert Young.

UK 7" and cassette (Creation)

  1. "Rocks" – 3:36
  2. "Funky Jam (Hot Ass Mix)" – 5:21

US 7" (Sire)

  1. "Rocks" – 3:36
  2. "Everybody Needs Somebody" – 5:22

UK 12" and CD (Creation)

  1. "Rocks" – 3:36
  2. "Funky Jam (Hot Ass Mix)" – 5:21
  3. "Funky Jam (Club Mix)" – 5:27


Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 43
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 50
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 47
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 8
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[7] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 7
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 16
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[10] 7
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 29


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 200,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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  3. ^ " – Primal Scream – Rocks". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ " – Primal Scream – Rocks" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2508." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  6. ^ " – Primal Scream – Rocks". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Primal Scream Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Primal Scream Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Primal Scream Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Primal Scream – Rocks". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 September 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Rocks in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.