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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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The Primitives

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Albums by
The Primitives

Top Songs by
The Primitives

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Crash
  3.   Sick of It
  4.   Thru the Flowers
  5.   Silent Night
  6.   Lonely Streets
  7.   Outside
  8.   You Are the Way
  9.   Everything's Shining Bright
  10.   Dizzy Heights
  11.   Tell About MyBaby
  12.   Sunshine in My Rainy Day Mind
  13.   Where the Wind Blows
  14.   Lazy
  15.   I Surrender
  16.   I'll Be Your Mirror
  17.   Never Kill a Secret
  18.   Shadow
  19.   No Response
  20.   Mohair Sam
  21.   Lose the Reason
  22.   We Found a Way To the Sun
  23.   Wild Flower
  24.   Who Are You Trying to Fool?
  25.   Amoureux d’une Affiche
  26.   The Witch
  27.   Move It on Over
  28.   Turn Off the Moon
  29.   Panic
  30.   I Wanna Be Your Dog
  31.   Really Stupid
  32.   Across My Shoulder
  33.   Shine
  34.   Empathise
  35.   Give This World to You
  36.   Secrets
  37.   All the Way Down
  38.   Summer Rain
  39.   Buzz Buzz Buzz
  40.   Don't Want Anything to Change
  41.   Run Baby Run
  42.   Out of Reach
  43.   Stop Killing Me
  44.   Nothing Left
  45.   Way Behind Me
  46.   I'll Stick with You
  47.   Dreamwalk Baby
  48.   Always Coming Back
  49.   Keep Me in Mind
  50.   Till You Say You'll Be Mine
  51.   Mister Heartache
  52.   She Don't Need You
  53.   Time Slips Away
  54.   Carry Me Home
  55.   Single Girl
  56.   Yeeeeeeh!
  57.   Breakaway
  58.   Never Tell
  59.   Slip Away
  60.   Lead Me Astray
  61.   I Almost Touched You
  62.   Ocean Blue
  63.   Can't Stop The Want
  64.   Need All the Help I Can Get
  65.   I'm Not Sayin'
  66.   Where Will You Be?
  67.   Laughing Up My Sleeve
  68.   Every Minute Of Every Day
  69.   Can't Bring Me Down
  70.   Sookie Sookie
  71.   Spacehead
  72.   Noose
  73.   Rattle My Cage
  74.   Cara Lin
  75.   Ma Beata Te
  76.   Gira Gira
  77.   Earth Thing

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