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Of course, The Primitives didn’t form in a vacuum: in the mid-1980s, plenty of bands got their heads rearranged by Psychocandy’s mixture of horrendous noise and gummy pop, and suddenly the English countryside was crawling with bands like the Shop Assistants, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Darlings Bud, Soup Dragons and so on and so forth.
So this was the world in which The Primitives put out their ferocious third single, “Stop Killing Me,” the one that well and truly made their reputation (the story goes that Morrissey being photographed in a Primitives t-shirt helped them as well, believe it or not), and why not? “Stop Killing Me” is two minutes of glorious melodic noise.