Q&A Scene: Paul Court ~ The Primitives

Tell us about your new EP ‘New Thrills’.

It’s a 4 track EP that we recorded last October in Cabin Studio in Coventry. There’s some added poignancy for us with this release, because the studio has now closed for good, and we’d been going there in one form or another since 1984, and about 80 percent of all Primitives stuff was recorded there. Anyhow, yes four brand new tunes that we think sit nicely alongside all the top Prims tunes of yore.

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What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

I like the first album a lot more than I did at the time and the early singles. We play a lot of that stuff live. I’d say our more recent recordings are probably closer to that period than the later stuff.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

When we were recording our 2nd single ‘Really Stupid’ in 1986, our manager at the time was certain he could hear a duck in the mix and that we’d put it there just to annoy him – it was probably just fret buzz on a high bass note or something. Since then every recorded Primitives song has an actual duck quacking somewhere in the mix.

What, or who, inspires you?

I’ve always found out and out hatred of the band incredibly stimulating and I wish there was more of it.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

The Lee Hazlewood song We All Make The Flowers Grow – a great little ditty about snuffing it. Not so great for the royalties though, so maybe Wichita Lineman instead.

What’s next for you?

Couple of dates in the UK and US – then retirement, or maybe we’ll make it to Australia.

What’s your scene?

Jangle fuzz, indie pop, sunshine punk, continental plum and suitcase – take your pick.

THE PRIMITIVES are back. Paul Court, Tig Williams and Tracy Tracy’s band continue to prove that they are in their second youth. After that exceptional album of covers called “Echoes And Rhymes” and their fantastic last album “Spin-O-Rama”, Elefant Records is releasing a magnificent 10” vinyl maxi-single with four new, original songs by the band, that can keep up with any of their greatest hits.

The guitar that starts off “I’ll Trust The Wind” evokes some of the band’s great moments, with a marvellous riff and an incomparable dynamic. Their contagious melodies plus that British touch are evident throughout. “Squeak ‘N’ Squawk” is another bullseye, which echoes once again (and why not) other bands’ such as The Jesus & Mary Chain or Primal Scream’s finest moments, with a straightforward nod towards early classic PRIMITIVES.

“Oh Honey Sweet” opens the B-side with their more pop facet, less distortion and wonderfully light, with Paul’s voice illuminating everything. And to finish, so that we don’t forget about some of the British band’s consistent references, “Same Stuff” closes things on a high note with overtones of garage, surf and blues, and a noisy and solid bass riff. These songs sound as fresh as if they had been composed in the band’s first year of existence. The release will be a 1000-copy limited-edition 10” vinyl.

The Primitives release ‘New Thrills’ on Friday 5th May 2017 on Elefant Records.


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. Often described as an indie pop or indie rock band, The Primitives’ musical style can also be seen as straddling power pop, new wave and pop punk.

The Primitives were formed in the summer of 1984 by PJ Court (born Paul James Court) (vocals, guitar), Steve Dullaghan (born Stephen Anthony Dullaghan) (bass), Peter Tweedie (drums) and Keiron McDermott (vocals). Vocalist McDermott was replaced by Tracy Tracy (born Tracy Louise Cattell). Tig Williams replaced Pete Tweedie on drums in October 1987.

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, The Wedding Present and The Darling Buds. They received valuable publicity when The Smiths singer Morrissey was photographed wearing a Primitives t-shirt.
The band’s early singles were released on their own Lazy Records imprint. In late 1987, they signed the label over to RCA, who released the band’s material from then until their split.
Their first album, Lovely (1988) reached No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart, and produced two Top 40 hit singles: “Crash” (UK No. 5, US Modern Rock No. 3) and “Out of Reach” (UK No. 25). “Way Behind Me” was released as a single soon after, and was included on later versions of the debut album, as well as on the follow-up.
Towards the end of 1988, the band had a sell-out tour of the UK, climaxing in two nights at London’s Town & Country Club. The band’s second album Pure (1989) was preceded by three singles – “Way Behind Me” (UK No. 36, US Modern Rock No. 8), “Sick of It” (UK No. 24, US Modern Rock No. 9) and “Secrets”, (UK No. 49, US Modern Rock No. 12).

In 1990, the band did a co-headlining tour of the USA with The Sugarcubes as well as a short tour of Japan. They split in 1992 following the commercial failure of their 1991 album, Galore.

Steve Dullaghan died in Coventry on 4 February 2009, following which, after nearly 18 years of dormancy, The Primitives re-formed, with new bassist Ralph Moore. Their first live shows were in Coventry and at the Buffalo Bar in London in October 2009. In spring of 2010, The Primitives toured the UK and also performed a single US concert at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. The Primitives supported The Wedding Present at Koko in Camden, London on 13 December 2010 as part of that band’s Bizarro album 21st anniversary tour.
The Primitives also went back into the studio with original producer Paul Sampson, recording the EP Never Kill A Secret, featuring two original songs – the title track and “Rattle My Cage” – and two cover versions of lesser-known female-fronted songs – “Need All the Help I Can Get” (written by Lee Hazlewood and originally recorded by Suzi Jane Hokom in 1966) and “Breakaway” (originally recorded by Toni Basil in 1966). The EP was released on 7 March 2011.
The album Echoes and Rhymes followed in 2012, featuring 14 further recordings of lesser-known female-fronted songs. A compilation album was issued in March 2013 titled Everything’s Shining Bright – The Lazy Recordings 1985 – 1987. The compilation featured all the Lazy releases, plus, from 1987, previously unreleased, different versions of songs that ended up on Lovely, along with some 1985 demos and the 1987 ICA show, with Morrissey introducing the band on stage.
A new single “Lose The Reason” was released on 18 February 2013, through Elefant Records. The group’s fifth studio album, Spin-O-Rama, was released on Elefant on 13 October 2014, and was preceded by the release of the title track as a 7″ and download single.
The Primitives release ‘New Thrills’ on Friday 5th May 2017 on Elefant Records.

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