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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; two songs from the album ("Purifying Tone" and "Lose the Reason") were remixed by the Argentinian group Modular in 2015. The four-song single New Thrills was released, again by Elefant, in 2017. ~ Jason Ankeny
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The Primitives

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

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