The Primitives are an English indie pop band from Coventry, best known for their 1988 international hit single "Crash". Formed in 1984, disbanded in 1992 and reformed in 2009, the band's two constant members throughout their recording career have been vocalist Tracy Tracy and guitarist Paul Court. Drummer Tig Williams has been a constant member since 1987 and the reformed line-up is completed by bassist Raph Moore. The band were part of the indie music scene of the mid-1980s alongside bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, The Soup Dragons and The Wedding Present. Their major rivals within the 'blonde pop' scene were Transvision Vamp and The Darling Buds. They received valuable publicity when The Smiths singer Morrissey was photographed wearing a Primitives t-shirt.
Links To Peel
The Primitives were initially part of the C-86 scene, where they were regularly played by Peel until the late 80's. In an interview with Linear Tracking Lives!, guitarist Paul Court, answered questions about Peel's influence and their sessions they did for him: 
Linear Tracking Lives (LTL): As a kid, what are some of your fondest memories of listening to John Peel's show?
Paul Court: I started listening to the show in 1978. Radio One used to turn into Radio Two in the evening and then revert back to Radio One at ten for the John Peel show, so it really felt like a visit to some secret, cut-off place. I loved all the post-punk stuff coming through in '78/'79. Lots of melody and experimentation creeping in. I'd listen in bed and would normally fall asleep before the end and wake up in the early hours wondering why the fuck he was playing Leo Sayer, before realising it had gone back to Radio Two and some truckers request show was on, and that I'd missed the next installment of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End or the final song in a Spizzenergi session.
LTL: What do you think made Peel so good at what he did?
Paul Court: I think because he was just left alone to get on with it, which fortunately meant giving the underdogs and outsiders a chance.
LTL: What standout Peel Sessions do you recall from other bands?
Paul Court: Loads of different contrasting stuff, such as The Birthday Party and Helen and The Horns. He played a lot of stuff that I really disliked to begin with, but couldn't stop thinking about the next day, so I would tune in wondering if he'd play it again that night, subsequently becoming a big fan -- The Birthday Party, The Fall, etc. I loved the first few Mary Chain sessions.
LTL: For many reasons, 1986 must have been such an exciting time for the Primitives. It was also the first of three consecutive years the band appeared on Peel's Festive 50, and in the fall you recorded your first of three Peel Sessions. What was it like going into the studio and then hearing yourselves on the program? Is there a particular song or session that really stands out in your mind?
Paul Court: The studio was at Maida Vale in London. It was an ornate single story cake of a building with studios below the ground. It felt very much like being in the 1930s down there -- I don't think much had been altered since then. The first couple of sessions we did were produced by Dale Griffin, the drummer from Mott The Hoople. You could tell he wasn't best pleased having to record all these musically inept bands. I remember him saying the guitar jangle on the chorus of "Stop Killing Me" didn't fit, but I refused to change it because that was what I played. Eventually he conceded that it sort of worked. When we went back for a second session he was a bit friendlier and told us we'd improved. Hearing the session on the radio was a massive thrill. It would take a few weeks for it to appear on the show and they wouldn't let you take a tape away, so you couldn't really remember how it sounded. This was our first John Peel session.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1986 Festive Fifty: Really Stupid #22
- 1987 Festive Fifty: Stop Killing Me #19
- 1988 Festive Fifty: Crash #46
- Stop Killing Me / Shadow / Buzz Buzz Buzz / As Tears Go By
- Dream Walk Baby / Ocean Blue / Everything's Shining Bright / She Don't Need You
- Things Get In Your Way / Keep Me In Mind / Way Behind Me
Other Shows Played
- 15 May 1986 (BFBS) / Peel 035 (BFBS): 'She Don't Need You (12"-Thru The Flowers)' (Lazy)
- 31 May 1986 (BFBS): 'Thru The Flowers (12")' (Lazy)
- 23 September 1986: Really Stupid (12") Lazy
- 24 September 1986 (VPRO): Really Stupid (12") Lazy
- 14 October 1986: Really Stupid (12") Lazy
- 24 December 1986: 'Really Stupid (7 inch)' (Lazy) FF #22
- 09 February 1987: Stop Killing Me (12") Lazy
- 11 February 1987: Stop Killing Me (7") Lazy
- 11 February 1987: Buzz Buzz Buzz (7" - Stop Killing Me) Lazy
- 16 February 1987: Really Stupid (12") Lazy
- 17 February 1987: Stop Killing Me (7") Lazy
- 22 February 1987 (BFBS): Stop Killing Me (7") Lazy
- 24 February 1987: Shadow (v/a LP - Imminent 5) Food
- 03 March 1987: Buzz Buzz Buzz (12" - Stop Killing Me) Lazy
- 06 March 1987 (BFBS) / Peel 053 (BFBS): 'Stop Killing Me (7")' (Lazy)
- 10 March 1987: Shadow (v/a LP - Imminent 5) Food
- 19 May 1987: Ocean Blue (7" Promo) Lazy Records
- 03 June 1987: Ocean Blue (7" Promo) Lazy Records
- 05 June 1987 (BFBS): Ocean Blue (7" Promo) Lazy Records
- 26 June 1987 (Radio Bremen): Everything Shining Bright (7" - Thru The Flower) Lazy
- 29 June 1987: Stop Killing Me (7") Lazy
- 17 July 1987 (BFBS): Stop Killing Me (7") Lazy
- 04 August 1987: Everything Shining Bright (7" - Thru The Flowers) Lazy
- 10 August 1987: Thru The Flowers (single) Lazy
- 21 August 1987 (BFBS) / Peel 067 (BFBS): 'Everything Shining Bright (7"-Thru The Flowers)' (Lazy)
- 25 August 1987: Everything Shining Bright (7" - Thru The Flowers) Lazy
- 05 October 1987: Really Stupid (12") Lazy
- 23 October 1987 (BFBS) / Peel 072 (BFBS): 'Really Stupid (7")' (Lazy)
- 29 December 1987: 'Stop Killing Me (7 inch)' (Lazy) FF #19
- 02 February 1988: Crash (7") RCA
- 05 February 1988 (BFBS) / Peel 079 (BFBS): 'Crash (7")' (RCA)
- 08 February 1988: Crash (7") RCA
- 13 February 1988 (Radio Bremen): Crash (7") RCA
- 02 May 1988: Carry Me Home (LP - Lovely) RCA
- 14 May 1988 (BFBS): 'Thru The Flowers (12")' (Lazy)
- 27 August 1988 (BFBS): Way Behind Me (7") (Lazy)
- 06 September 1988: Way Behind Me (7") RCA
- 20 December 1988: 'Crash (7 inch)' (RCA) FF #46
- 18 January 1989: Where The Wind Blows (12" - Really Stupid) Lazy
- 05 July 1989: Sick Of It (Single) RCA