Echoes And Rhymes

by THE PRIMITIVES

supported by
/
  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

     €8.99 EUR  or more

     

1.
02:15
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
04:01
8.
02:48
9.
10.
11.
02:38
12.
13.
14.
02:14

about

We were already spreading the word with that Christmas gift THE PRIMITIVES gave us – PJ Court’s band has a new album! This is great news! The reunion that came about as a result of the death of their bassist, Steve Dullaghan, and that put them back on stage after 17 years away, has culminated in a surprising album that is full of energy and that shows that the authors of “Crash” are still in enviably good shape.

What’s more, “Echoes and Rhymes” really grabs the attention. All of the songs selected for the album are versions of songs by obscure, female-fronted groups from the sixties. Curiously, the album is a long way from suffering from disparateness; these Brits knew how to make each and every one of the songs on this marvellous album reflect and mesh with their electric personality. They took over these songs with surprising urgency and energy while still managing to salvage the marvellous essence of melodies that were born in the decade that most-cared for such things. The result is a tremendously addictive album, seasoned with a sixties-halo that functions as a vindication and takes us directly to research every one of the (in some cases) little-known names that make up the details of its track-list. Who doesn’t wonder what incredible songs can be included in the repertoire of someone who wrote songs like “Turn off the Moon”, “Sunshine In My Rainy Mind” and “I’m Not Sayin’”? From garage to psychedelia, with touches of soul and sunshine pop, multiple styles come together to form a special type of compilation, revisited with all the love and affection and energy of THE PRIMITIVES. Following their love for independence, but with their unchanging capacity to reach everyone, as they already proved with their first recordings more than twenty years ago.

Track by track by Paul Court [THE PRIMITIVES]
• Panic •Reparata and the Delron’s “Panic” was one of those girl group tunes that became a big northern soul spin. It also sounds like a musical blueprint for early 80s punk pop outfit Bow Wow Wow, and I can’t help thinking they missed a trick not covering this song. We’ve kept the spikiness of the original, whilst giving it the Primitives bubblegum/jangle treatment.

• Turn Off The Moon • This song was on the B side of a single called “Lolita Ya Ya”, from the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita”. The singer was its 14 year old star Sue Lyon. We’ve given it a punk edge, with some period Joe Meek sounds.

• Move It On Over • Until recently we’d only known of one record by the exotically named LeGrand Mellon “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Turns out she released three 45s, and one of those was the original of this fiery little kiss off.

• Sunshine In My Rainy Day Mind • We hadn’t even heard Polly Niles’ folk psych groover till we were half way through recording “Echoes And Rhymes”, but it was love at first listen. There was something inherent within the song that reminded us of post Lovely Primitives, so it seemed an obvious tune to cover for the album.

• Till You Say You’ll Be Mine • This Jackie DeShannon penned ditty is probably one of the better known songs on the album. Luis from Elefant played us the Olivia Newton John garage band style version, and we’ve based our rendition on that.

• I’m Not Sayin’ • We’ve replaced the jauntiness of this 1965 Nico single, written by Gordon Lightfoot, with the kind of chiming folk drone and incessant floor tom and snare pounding associated with the band she joined the following year. The song is about someone who wants to have their cake and eat it and, as it’s one that I’ve sung lead on, I’m glad Tracy’s unison vocal comes in on “Baby if you let me have my way”, hopefully rendering the line a little less tacky. There’s an angelic little harmony at the end courtesy of TT, which should help coax the listener into overlooking the devious pussyfooting of the song’s protagonist.

• The Witch • Nothing else on the “Paradise Of Sounds” LP by Germany’s Adam and Eve, is a patch on the groovy little oddity entitled “The Witch”. We’ve accentuated the Velvet Underground elements of the song and replaced the owl impersonations etc with wind style sound effects a la Hawkwind’s “Silver Machine”. Janie Jones, the notorious 60s pop star turned madam, also recorded the song (she was married to ’Adam’ aka Johnnie Christian Dee at the time). Her spine-tingling version sounds like Fenella Fielding’s character in the British comedy film “Carry On Screaming”, fronting some proto-heavy metal band, and it’s a charming slice of late 60s goth rock.

• I Surrender • It’s surprising that no one, to our knowledge, has recorded a cover of this hipster floor filler, so here’s our take on Bonnie St Claire’s Tamla-esque pop stomper.

• Amoureux D’une Affiche • Well, we hope we’ve managed to pull this one off. Tracy is the only one of us that’s bilingual, but her other language is Spanish. The song, as far as we can make out, is about being in love with a poster of a girl who isn’t wearing much. One line translates into English as “Two sirs raise their eyes towards my naked thighs” - Ooh la la! One of the main things that attracted us to Laura Ulmer’s spirited yé-yé gem, was its brash, almost punk fervour; a sound and style which, in retrospect, a fair few 60s French pop tunes seem to have. It also, of course, has that killer ‘la la la la la’ vocal hook and a cracking little arpeggio guitar riff that’s very Primitives.

• Where Will You Be? • “You Just Gotta Know My Mind” might have been the more obvious song for us to cover from Dana Gillespie’s “Foolish Seasons” album, seeing as we used to have a song called “You Don’t Know” (only ever played live and not very good) that sounded just a tinsy bit similar. We opted instead for this dreamy, anthemic heart melter.

• Single Girl • Unlike everything else on the album, this Sandy Posey song was an international hit record. We’d forgotten all about it until recently, but hearing it afresh, we decided it would be a good one to include. What at first appears to be the standard, lonely woman must find a man type scenario, soon slips into somewhat more illicit territory, with talk of having rent to pay, followed by the line “I need a night time love, to get me through the day”. Could be all perfectly innocent, but it does seem as if something a little saucier is being implied.

• Who Are You Trying To Fool? • Little Anne’s soul shouter, which resurfaced in the 90s, starts off with the vocals sounding quite restrained, but soon builds into an octave jumping frenzy. We tried it like that, but it didn’t sound very Primitives, so we resorted to our original plan, which was to take a full throttle 60s soul tune and calm it down a bit, i.e., the opposite of when soul singers would tear into hits by the Beatles, etc.

• Time Slips Away • Shocking Blue, a female fronted band who had a few other good tunes besides the one big hit that they’re mainly remembered for. Can’t help feeling a bit of an affinity, so of course we had to do one of theirs.

• Wild Flower • There’s something unwittingly psychotic about The She Trinity’s “Wild Flower”. We’ve ramped up the mayhem with bongos, feedback and amp kicking, as you do. We also decided to uphold the tradition of me singing two songs per album, so it’s another one with me on lead vocals.

credits

released April 23, 2012

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Enjoy Elefant Records on:

Elefant Website: www.elefant.com
Elefant Store [English]: www.elefant.com/en/tienda
Elefant Store [Spanish]: www.elefant.com/es/tienda
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/elefantrecords
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elefantrecordsfans
Twitter: www.twitter.com/elefantrecords
Dailymotion Channel: www.dailymotion.com/ElefantRecords
Tuenti: www.tuenti.com/elefantrecords

Bandcamp "Elefant Records Classics":
elefantrecordsclassics.bandcamp.com
Bandcamp "New Adventures In Pop":
newadventuresinpop.bandcamp.com
Bandcamp "Recuerdos Que Olvidé"
recuerdosqueolvide.bandcamp.com
Bandcamp "Stereophonic"
stereophonicelefantdancerecordings.bandcamp.com

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

tags

license

all rights reserved

feeds

feeds for this album, this artist

about

Elefant Records Madrid, Spain

100% Elefant on Bandcamp:

elefantrecordsclassics.bandcamp.com

newadventuresinpop.bandcamp.com

recuerdosqueolvide.bandcamp.com

reworkedbyseries.bandcamp.com

stereophonicelefantdancerecordings.bandcamp.com

Enjoy Elefant on:
... more

discography

contact / help

Contact Elefant Records

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Panic
Nothing like you ever happened to me before
I know what to do, so what am I waiting for

Right now my lips won’t kiss you
And I can’t get my arms to move
I feel like my feet are planted
And I can’t get my mind to groove

I’m in a panic

When I look at you, I get chills up and down my spine
The feeling is new, so please won’t you give me time

Right now my soul is trembling
And I can’t get my heart to speak
Butterflies in my stomach
And my knees are feeling weak

I’m in a panic

Take my hand, come on pull me close to you
Do what you can and do what you have to do

I’ll be the kind of lover that a guy like you deserves
When there’s a fire within me, and I not just a bundle of nerves

I’m in a panic
Such a panic
Track Name: Turn Off The Moon
Turn off the moon
It’s much too bright
Turn off the moon
Who needs the moon tonight?
Turn off the light
That shines from above
It’s nicer in the shadows
When you’re falling in love

I only need my baby’s eyes
To light the way
From here to paradise
Turn off the moon
While we’re in the park
So I can give my lover boy
A kiss in the dark
Track Name: Move It On Over
Move it on over
Move it on over
Telling you that I need the space
Cus somebody else gonna take your place
So move it on over and out

Move it on over
Move it on over
I never wanna see you again
So be gone, by the time I count to ten
Move it on over and out

Hear me counting now

One - After all you’ve done
Two - I’m through with you
Three - So baby can’t you see
Four - Your way to the door
Five - If you were the last man alive
Six - I’d be in a heck of a fix
Seven - I was praying to the lord in heaven
Eight - As he’ll give you the gate, so...

Move it on over
Move it on over
Don’t you let me catch you hanging around
Or better yet, get outta town
Just move it on over and out

Hear me counting now

One - All done
Two - With you
Three - So see
Four - That door
Five - Man alive
Six - You’re just no kicks
Seven - I swear to heaven
Eight - I just can’t wait for you to

Move it on over
Move it on over
Don’t you let me catch you hanging around
Or better yet, get outta town
Just move it on over and out
On over and out
On over
Somebody’s coming to take your place
So move it on over and out
Track Name: Sunshine In My Rainy Day Mind
When the world’s a little heavy on my shoulders
And my eyes can’t look ahead only look behind
I know you’re there
And you’ll always be there
You’re the sunshine in my rainy day mind

When the walls around me start to move in closer
And the wheels inside my head begin to grind
I need you dear
And you’ll always be here
You’re the sunshine in my rainy day mind

Talking to me
Playing with me
Holding me
Hanging on tight
Drying the tears
Making me laugh
Holding the pieces together

And I know some day soon it starts improving
Then I’m lost inside again and very hard to find
You come to me
And you’ll break thru the clouds

You’re the sunshine in my rainy day mind
Track Name: Till You Say You'll Be Mine
I, I don’t care if the sky is pretty blue
I, I don’t care if the sun comes shining through
It really doesn’t matter baby
My heart keeps crying
Oh life means nothing
Till you say you’ll be mine

Until you say you’ll give all your love to me
Ain’t nothing in this world that can make me happy
I’ve just got to have you for my own
My heart keeps crying
Oh life means nothing
Till you say you’ll be mine

Every night I pray that we can
Someday walk hand in hand
Down the isle
But I guess I’ll have to wait and see
All this waiting is killing me
I’m not a child

I don’t care if I had all the money in the world
It just wouldn’t matter if I wasn’t your girl
There’s only one thing that’ll stop my heart from crying
Oh the day you tell me that you’ll be mine
I’d be so happy
The day you tell me that you’ll be mine
Track Name: I'm Not Sayin'
I'm not sayin' that I'll love you
I'm not sayin' that I'll care
If you love me
I'm not sayin' that I'll care
I'm not sayin' that I'll be there
When you want me

I can't give my heart to you
Or tell you that I'll sing your name
Up to the sky
I can't lay the promise down
That I'll always be around
When you need me

Now I may not be alone each time you see me
Along the street or in a small cafe
But still I won't deny you or mistreat you
Baby, if you'll let me have my way

I'm not sayin' I'll be sorry
For the things that I might say
That make you cry
I can't say I'll always do
The things you want me to
I'm not sayin' I'll be true
But I'll try

Now I may not be alone each time you see me
Or show up when I promise that I would
But still I won't deny you or mistreat you
Baby, if you loved me like you should

I'm not sayin' I'll be sorry
For all the things that I might say
That make you cry
I can't say I'll always do
The things you want me to
I'm not sayin' I'll be true
But I'll try

I can't say I'll always do
The things you want me to
I'm not sayin' I'll be true
But I'll try
Track Name: The Witch
While walking through the forest late one night
There among the trees i saw a woman in white
She beckoned to me, but i was scared to go
And all around was a weird and wonderful glow

She’s a witch
I know she’s a witch

I ran all the way home, but I came back the very next night
I was under the spell of that strange and beautiful light
But just the shadow of the trees from the moonlight was on the ground
And the wonderful woman was nowhere to be found

She’s a witch
I know she’s a witch
Track Name: I Surrender
I feel a deep emotion when you look at me
You ain’t got a notion, when will it ever be
I’m ready if you want me
For if you say that you want me

I surrender
To you

Come on don’t be a pretender
Come on and take my hand
I’m ready to surrender
Catch me if you can

Only say that you love me
For if you say that you love me

I surrender
To you

I’m burning when you touch me
I’m melting when you look at me
I’m freezing when you’re leaving me
There’s one thing I can do

I surrender
To you

I surrender
Track Name: Amoureux D'une Affiche
J' suis un' affiche bleue
Qui a un amoureux
Blonds sont ses cheveux
Bleus sont ses deux yeux
Chaque jour,il passe
Le long de mes rues
Où j' pose avec grâce
Presque à demi-nue

Petite gaine en tricotine
Petite fille en capeline
Je sais bien que je te fascine
Voyons, qu'est-ce que tu imagines?

Il fait tout Paris
Ses yeux dans mes yeux
Il sait que j'en ris
Le pauvre amoureux
Il s'est même battu
Avec deux messieurs
Qui levaient les yeux
Vers mes cuisses nues

Petite gaine en tricotine
Petite fille en capeline
Je sais bien que je te fascine
Voyons, qu'est-ce que tu imagines?

Et puis un beau soir
Moi j'ai disparu
Sous un grand plat noir
De pâtes lustucru

Petite gaine en tricotine
Petite fille en capeline
Track Name: Where Will You Be?
Where will you be when the leaves fall
And the summer is thru
When flowers have died
And the birds have flown
And I’ve given my love to you

Where will you be when the snows fall
And winter winds blow cold
Will I just have your memory
Or will I still have you to hold

Where will you be when the grass grows
Or is that too far to see
Where will you be in the morning my love
Will you still be here with me
Oh where will you be
Track Name: Single Girl
The single girl, all alone, in a great big town
The single girl, gets so tired of love letting her down
The life's unreal and the people are phoney
And the nights can get so lonely
The single girl, needs a sweet lovin' man to lean on

I'm a single girl wondering if love could be passing me by
I'm a single girl and i know all about men and their lies
Nobody loves me cause nobody knows me
Nobody takes, the time to go slowly
The single girl needs a sweet lovin' man to lean on

I gotta make, my own way, there's rent, I gotta pay
I need a night-time love, to get me through the day

I’m a single girl, all alone, in a great big town
I’m a single girl, and I get so tired of love letting me down
But there's a man I've yet to know, waiting somewhere I’ve yet to go

Someday I'll have, a sweet lovin' man to lean on
The single girl needs a sweet lovin' man to lean on
Track Name: Who Are You Trying To Fool?
Every goodbye is not gone
And every shut-eye is not slept
And I can tell by the guilty look on your face
That every tear drop has not wept

Who are you trying to fool baby?
You can’t fool anybody else no ooh oh
And if you look around you will plainly see
That you ain’t foolin’ nobody but yourself

Every dark cloud don’t mean rain
And every crowd don’t mean a show
So don’t take my love for granted
Cus every green light don’t mean go

Who are you trying to fool?
You can’t fool anybody else
And if you look around you will plainly see
That you ain’t foolin’ nobody but yourself

You can’t fool me
You can’t fool me
When you’re telling me lies
With those serious eyes

Who are you trying to fool?
You can’t fool anybody else no ooh
And if you look around you will plainly see
That you ain’t foolin’ nobody but yourself

Every checque book don’t mean money
Every horn don’t mean a car
You better prove to me that you love me
Or I’m gonna leave you where you are

Who are you trying to fool baby?
You can’t fool anybody else
And if you look around you will plainly see
That you ain’t foolin’ nobody but yourself
Track Name: Time Slips Away
There in the hazy shade
Bees were buzzing around the flowers
Working hard till the end of day
While I counted the hours

I saw the clouds high in the sky
All different but all the same
And at times colours they came and went
While we played our games

Yesterday, is the day to remind us
Time slips away
Time slips away, time slips away

Yesterday, is the day to remind us
Time slips away
Time slips away, time slips away

Yesterday, is the day to remind us
Time slips away
Time slips away, time slips away

And that's how it is, baby, the world remains
While you don't and I don't?
So let's sing all together now
Let's sing all together now

Yesterday, is the day to remind us
Time slips away
Time slips away, time slips away
Track Name: Wild Flower
Walked thru the meadow on a moonlight night
To get a breath of country air
Not a star shone but the moon bright
The world seemed lovely everywhere

Wild flower, wild flower
Wild flower, wild flower

But then I noticed growing all around me
Wild flowers glowing with the dew
I turned sad cus they reminded me
Of the wildness in you

Outside they’re lovely, but then nature says
They cannot grow in just one place
Outside you’re pretty, but I say to you
Girl you’ve got more than one face

Wild flower, wild flower
Wild flower, wild flower

Wild flowers trap you with there golden glow
They’ll catch you with their hidden charms (wild flower)
All that glitters is not gold I know
Since you took away your arms (wild flower)

Wild flower stay away
Your wildness will drive me insane
In one place you’ll never stay
Heaven knows you never will be tamed

Wild flower, wild flower