The Cure ‎– Primary

Fiction Records ‎– FICSX 12, Fiction Records ‎– 2141 338
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single


A Primary 5:56
B Descent 3:03

Companies, etc.



A.P.B Music Company Ltd.
℗ © 1981 Fiction Record Company Ltd.
Cover by Porl and Undy

Rear sleeve says "Produced by Mike Hedges And The Cure", labels say "Mike Hedges/Robert Smith".

This cover is the first visual collaboration between the band & Porl and Undy, later better known as Parched Art.

"Primary" is a longer version than the one issued on 7" and LP

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched A side): FICSX 12 A2 DAMONT AD
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched B side): FICSX 12 B4 DAMONT AD

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ESP 104 The Cure Primary(12", Single) Stunn ESP 104 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
FICS 12, 2059 293 The Cure Primary(7", Single) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FICS 12, 2059 293 Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
2814 262 The Cure Primary(7", Single, Promo) Polydor 2814 262 France 1981 Sell This Version
MSD 493 The Cure Primary(12", Single) 7 Records MSD 493 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
2059 293 The Cure Primary(7", Single) Polydor 2059 293 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version



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May 6, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
The first ever "extended mix" from The Cure released back in 1981, and a collectors item these days - it will fetch quite a price in good condition, but you'd only really want to get this for the big 12" sleeve artwork. The Cure's later extended mixes and remixes became much more creative, expansive and interesting. What dedicated fan could forget the gorgeous extended New Orleans funeral march brass section inserted into the middle of the 1985 extended remix of Close To Me? And on Mixed Up they devoted a whole album to the art of the remix. But back in 1981 the band was obviously not the least bit interested in the concept of the extended mix and it's telling on this single. The extended mix runs at about 5:50 and the extra time simply consists of the verses with the vocal track deleted, nothing else. It actually makes this snappy little song sound like it's been put on hold, as if Robert went to have a pint and didn't make it back in time to start singing, so that they had to repeat the verse (I wouldn't be surprised if that was actually the case LOL). But then again, I don't think somehow that The Cure were aiming for the local disco floor back in '81.