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The Primitives

British indie pop band the Primitives were formed in Coventry, England in mid-1985 by singer Kieron, guitarist Paul Court, bassist Steve Dullaghan, and drummer Pete Tweedie; after a handful of gigs Kieron was replaced by vocalist Tracy Tracy, a peroxide-blonde bombshell whose presence inspired a more melodic approach, which earned the group inevitable comparisons to Blondie. The Primitives' debut single, "Thru the Flowers," appeared on their own Lazy label in 1986 and was quickly followed by radio sessions for Janice Long, Andy Kershaw, and John Peel. Their second effort, "Really Stupid," preceded the band's first European tour, with "Stop Killing Me" appearing in early 1987. Tweedie was dismissed from the group (allegedly for mistreating Tracy's cats) prior to the Primitives' signing to major label RCA, and with new drummer Tig Williams the group recorded its 1988 debut LP, Lovely, scoring a major U.K. pop hit with the masterful "Crash." After completing an American tour, Dullaghan exited the lineup, with bassist Paul Sampson stepping in for 1989's Pure; the album failed to re-create the success and excitement of its predecessor, however, and when 1991's Ian Broudie-produced Galore met a similar fate, the Primitives disbanded.

Tragedy brought the band back together in 2009 when bassist Steve Dullaghan passed away. Tracy, Court, and Williams re-formed the band (with Raph Moore on bass) to play a couple of shows in October of that year. Things went so well that they decided to make a true comeback, launching a 2010 tour of England and even a show in New York City. They returned to the studio with original producer Paul Sampson and soon released a four-song EP of newly written songs (Never Kill a Secret) in 2011 and an album of covers of obscure female-fronted songs from the '60s (Echoes and Rhymes) in 2012. Both were released by Spanish label Elefant and showed that the band still had plenty of charm left, even after two decades. Not content to call it quits, the trio of Tracy, Court and Williams began work on a new album with Sampson on bass guitar and in the producer's chair. Featuring all original material that harked back to their classic sound, their fourth LP, Spin-O-Rama, was released by Elefant in October of 2014. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Everything's Shining Bright: The Lazy Recordings 1985 - 1987

1. Thru The Flowers

2. Across My Shoulder

3. She Don't Need You

4. Lazy

5. Really Stupid

6. We Found A Way To The Sun

7. Where The Wind Blows

8. Stop Killing Me

9. Buzz Buzz Buzz

10. Laughing Up My Sleeve

11. Ocean Blue

12. Shadow (Guitar Version)

13. Thru The Flowers

14. Everything Shining Bright

15. Nothing Left

16. Really Stupid

17. Across My Shoulder (Live 1985)

18. Crash (Live 1985 Demo)

19. Spacehead (Live 1985)

20. Nothing Left

21. I'll Stick With You

22. Dreamwalk Baby

23. Buzz Buzz Buzz

24. Nothing Left

25. Out Of Reach

26. Carry Me Home

27. Don't Want Anything To Change

28. I'll Stick With You (Live 1987)

29. Really Stupid (Live 1987)

30. Dreamwalk Baby (Live 1987)

31. Run Baby Run (Live 1987)

32. Thru The Flowers (Live 1987)

33. Nothing Left (Live 1987)

34. Where The Wind Blows (Live 1987)

35. Out Of Reach (Live 1987)

36. We Found A Way To The Sun (Live 1987)

37. Don't Want Anything To Change (Live 1987)

38. Across My Shoulder (Live 1987)

39. Everything's Shining Bright (Live 1987)

40. Buzz Buzz Buzz (Live 1987)

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Track List: The Lazy Album Sessions

1. I'll Stick With You

2. Dreamwalk Baby

3. Buzz Buzz Buzz

4. Nothing Left

5. Out Of Reach

6. Carry Me Home

7. Don't Want Anything To Change

8. I'll Stick With You (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

9. Really Stupid (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

10. Dreamwalk Baby (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

11. Run Baby Run (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

12. Thru The Flowers (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

13. Nothing Left (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

14. Where The Wind Blows (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

15. Out Of Reach (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

16. We Found A Way To The Sun (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

17. Don't Want Anything To Change (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

18. Across My Shoulder (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

19. Everything's Shining Bright (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

20. Buzz Buzz Buzz (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

21. Stop Killing Me (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

22. I Wanna Be Your Dog (Live At The Ica 15/8/87)

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Track List: Echoes And Rhymes

1. Panic

2. Turn Off The Moon

3. Move It On Over

4. Sunshine My Rainy Day Mind

5. Till You Say You'll Be Mine

6. I'm Not Sayin'

7. The Witch

8. I Surrender

9. Amoureux D'une Affiche

10. Where Will You Be?

11. Single Girl

12. Who Are You Trying To Fool?

13. Time Slips Away

14. Wild Flower

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Track List: Never Kill A Secret EP

1. Rattle My Cage

2. Need All The Help I Can Get

3. Never Kill A Secret

4. Breakaway

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Track List: Buzz Buzz Buzz

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Track List: Pure

1. Outside

2. Summer Rain

3. Sick Of It

4. Shine

5. Dizzy Heights

6. All The Way Down

7. Secrets

8. Keep Me In Mind

9. Lonely Streets

10. Can't Bring Me Down

11. Way Behind Me

12. Never Tell

13. Noose

14. I'll Be Your Mirror

15. All The Way Down (Beat Version)

16. I Almost Touched You

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Track List: Lovely

1. Crash

2. Spacehead

3. Carry Me Home

4. Shadow

5. Thru' the Flowers

6. Dreamwalk Baby

7. I'll Stick with You

8. Way Behind Me

9. Nothing Left

10. Stop Killing Me

11. Out of Reach

12. Ocean Blue

13. Run Baby Run

14. Don't Want Anything to Change

15. Buzz Buzz Buzz

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Hate this group.
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They bite. Get out
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here we go~
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LOL!!!! A big fan in Sav, Ga. They gave me something to be angry about. I think you mean 1994 or 1984 Dom. Still good info.
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I had fun with this band in Savannah Ga..
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Or, alternativel y : The Primitives, from Northampton UK, were also known as Mal & the Primitives. They released their debut (Help Me) in November 1964. They released a couple more 45’s before relocating to Italy where they released 3 more albums. http://www.l a s t . f m / m u s i c / T h e + P r i m i t i v e s
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dlambert489
A few decades ahead of their time.
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I heard this band for the first time last year.They were catchy and a few yrs ahead of their time.
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I hear they are beginning to tour again.
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What a voice!
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Sounds like 'Lush' owes them a bit of gratitude... :)
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"Lovely" was pop-rock bliss!
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Anyone who would kick out a band member for mistreating their cat is A-OK in my book
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djwhittingto n
What a fantastic band. I have followed them since back in '88 there are some excellent albums missing from the discography like Lovely and Galore

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