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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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The Primitives

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

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