The Primitives were one of a number of similar-sounding jingly-jangly indie bands form the C86 era but managed to stand out a bit from the crowd, thanks to the presence of the very attractive 20 year-old Tracy Tracy on lead vocals.

As with so many of their peers, the earliest releases came via their own label, in this instance Lazy Records, that led to a fair bit of interest among a number of major labels, leading to them signing with RCA in late 1987. There was instant success thanks to Crash barging its way to #5 in the singles charts in February 1988 and debut album Lovely also going Top 10 the following month.

The follow-up single hit the shops in April 1988:-

mp3 : The Primitives – Out of Reach

A brilliant little bit of pop music, clocking in at under two minutes in length, it was a re-recorded version of one of the album tracks, and one that I thought owed a bit of debt to The Shop Assistants who had come and gone just a couple of years previously:-

mp3 : The Primitives – Out of Reach (album version)

The single got to #25 and there was an appearance on Top of the Pops:-

The album version of the song was actually included on the b-side of the 12″ along with two live tracks that had been recorded at a gig at the Glasgow School of Art in March 1988 – one that had been arranged in advance of Crash being a huge hit and which could easily have sold out a venue two or three times its size:-

mp3 : The Primitives – Really Stupid/Crash (live)

The interesting thing about this is the opportunity to hear the two distinct sides to the band – the first being the buzzsaw sound of one of their earliest indie-hits and the latter being the more polished sound of the RCA era.

The band stuck with it for the next four years, releasing a futher two albums for RCA from which six singles were lifted. It was the failure of their third album and its accompanying singles that led to them calling it a day in 1992.

The Primitives reformed in 2009. It came on the back of the early death, at the age of 45, of bassist Steve Dullahan who had co-written a number of their best known songs, including Crash. The band have kept things going for the past decade, releasing new material at regular intervals and getting themselves slots at events such as Indietracks as well as headlining their own tours across Europe. And Tracy still looks great (as indeed do the rest of the band!!)




The Primitives formed in the mid 80s, and while the music was pretty decent, it was the presence of an attractive singer called Tracy Tracy that gained them loads of column inches and photographs in the male-dominated world of the UK weekly music papers. Morrissey was a fan…..

They started out on their own label which was called Lazy Records on which they released five singles between May 86 and August 87 before signing to RCA Records with who they enjoyed almost instant success with a Top 10 single in Crash and a Top 10 LP in Lovely in February 1988.

They had broken up by 1992 mostly as a result of musical differences which had seen band members come and go. The fact that Tracy had got rid of distinctive blonde hair probably didn’t help too much either in terms of the press.

The Primitives reformed in 2009 and undertook a UK tour in 2010 as well as a relatively high-profile gif as support to a London gig by The Wedding Present as part of the Bizarro album 21st anniversary tour. Tracy was blonde again……

Unlike many others who do some nostalgia shows and that’s all folks, the band have re-activated themselves in the studio with new albums released in 2012 and 2014, the first of which was totally of covers versions (all of which were relatively obscure and had been songs with a female lead vocal) but the latter was all new band-written material.

The song on CD86 was from the indie-era. It was their second single on Lazy Records. And it’s great fun made all the better by a fabulous and dreamy b-side:-

mp3 : The Primitives – Really Stupid
mp3 : The Primitives – We Found A Way To The Sun