The Second British Invasion Music Series — The Brit Box, Disc 1, Track 10, “Crash” from, “Lovely,” by The Primitives

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The Primitives 1988

The Primitives are an English indie pop band from Coventry, formed in the summer of 1984 with PJ Court (born Paul Jonathan Court) (vocals, guitar), Steve Dullaghan (born Stephen Anthony Dullaghan, ex-Nocturnal Babies) (bass), Peter Tweedie (drums) and Keiron McDermott, ex-Nocturnal Babies (vocals.) Vocalist McDermott was later replaced by Tracy Tracy (born Tracy Louise Cattell). Tig Williams replaced Pete Tweedie on drums in October 1987.

In my research I learned that founding member, bassist, Steve Dullaghan passed away on February 4, 2009.  An obituary with more information on Steve can be found here.

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 post-punk. 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.

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“Crash” is a song written by Paul Court, Steve Dullaghan and Tracy Cattell and was first recorded for their 1988 debut album Lovely. It’s the first track on the album. This version of the song was released as a single and a cassette in February 1988 and peaked at number five on United Kingdom singles chart and number three on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks.

In 1994, the song was featured on the Dumb & Dumber movie soundtrack as “Crash (The ’95 Mix)”. This remix included additional guitars, percussion, organ and backing vocals – none of which were performed by any of The Primitives. Several cover versions are actually based on the ’95 Mix and not the original.

The song was also later featured in the 2004 film Surviving Christmas and the 2007 film Mr. Bean’s Holiday. In 2011, the song was used in the international trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2. The song is also featured in two video games: 2009’s Lego Rock Band and 2011’s Burnout Crash!

Here you go
Way too fast
Don’t slow down
Gonna crash
You should watch
Watch your step
Don’t lookout
Gonna break your neck

So shut shut your mouth
‘Cause I’m not listening anyhow
I’ve had enough enough of you
Enough to last a lifetime through

So what do you want of me
Got no words of sympathy
And if I go around with you
You know that I’ll get messed up too with you
With you

Nana nana na nana nana naaaaa
Nana nana na nana nana naaaaa

Here you go
Way too fast
Don’t slowdown
Gonna crash
You don’t know
What’s been going down
You’ve been running
Allover town

So shut shut your mouth
‘Cause I’m not listening anyhow
I’ve had enough enough of you
Enough to last a lifetime through

So what do you want of me
Got no cure for misery
And if I go about with you
You know that I’ll get messed up too with you
With you

Nana nana na nana nana naaaa
Nana nana na nana nana naaaa
Songwriters:  Paul Court, Steve Dullaghan and Tracy Cattell

Sources: wikipedia, wikipedia, wikipedia,

14 Comments Add yours

  1. hanspostcard says:

    that is another good one!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Dave says:

    I remember that one well. Always liked it, to me it sounded like maybe one of the first examples of what would soon be called “Britpop”… a bit like Blur with a gal or Lush.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Dave, glad you know it, and glad you like it. She seems like a prototype of Debby Harry to me.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. memadtwo says:

    It’s one of those songs you just know. Great sound. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, K. I was surprised at how many places it’s been used.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Nice tune. Really like that guitar sound.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Me too, Christian!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I LOVE this song…it was one of my first power pop posts…great song!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh very cool, Max. Do you want to link your post in the comments?

      Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome and now I will read it for the good tidbits on it I know you found.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            Yea I mis-remembered it as one of my first…I think I found it way back but waited a while to publish it…I love the song….and Thank you!

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