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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; 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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Top Tracks

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