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

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