The Primitives  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Primitives were a British alternative rock band from Coventry formed in 1985 by Keiron McDermott (vocals), PJ Court (born Paul Jonathan Court) (vocals, guitar), Steve Dullaghan (bass) and Pete Tweedie (drums). Keiron was soon replaced by Tracy Tracy (born Tracy Cattell in Australia). Their career was also boosted when The Smiths singer Morrissey named them as one of his favorite bands. After a successful first album, which presented them with their UK Top 5 hit single "Crash" in late-1987 (and made the Top 3 in the U.S. Modern Rock Charts), their career began to fade in the early-1990s. They split in 1992 following the commercial failure of their final album, 1991's Galore. Their major rivals within the 'blonde pop' scene were Transvision Vamp and The Darling Buds, both of whom bore a similar look and sound.

The Primitives emerged from the independent scene of the mid-Eighties that begat, amongst others, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, the Soup Dragons and the Wedding Present. They shared a love of melody, the Sixties, fast Ramones-influenced guitars and the pop sensibility of the Buzzcocks and Orange Juice.


  • Lovely (1988) UK #6
  • Lazy 86-88 (1989) UK #73
  • Pure (1989) #33
  • Galore (1991)

Following their break-up more Primitives music collections were released :

  • Bombshell -- The Hits & More (1994)
  • Best of The Primitives (1996)
  • Bubbling Up -- BBC Sessions (1998)
  • Thru the Flowers -- The Anthology (2004)
  • Buzz Buzz Buzz (2005)
  • The Best of The Primitives (2005)
  • Buzz Buzz Buzz -- Complete Lazy Recordings (2006)

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