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

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