Primitive Romance

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Primitive Romance

Both Lester and Allen were previously in the Strait-Jackets who in their only Miami gig a year ago recieved a mixed reactio nfrom the crowd ; apparently some general comments refering to certai npeoples lifestyles didn't agree with everyone in attendance . Webriefly discussed the demise of the Jackets . Lester explained thatthe whole thing with the band "just turned into something that wasn' treal ." "We ran into a few financial problems, we recorded an albu mthat was never released ." Aparently this is still a sensitive subjec tfor them to discuss, some bad feelings exist with one of the othe rformer band members . Randy used to play in another band called No tMuch . According to Randy this was basically a punk band that"poke da 1(:4t of fun at people" and that they "weren't serious about muc hof anything ." Hence the band name .They all see Primitive Romance as something totallydifferent from their previous ventures . I couldn't agree more ,although a few old Jackets' tunes remain, among them, "JamaicanLove" . I questioned the inclusion of "Jamaican Love", an upbea tisland song and Allen quickly defended it,"we like it", everythingdoesn't have to fit into a set sound. Aparently they don't wish t obe stereotyped into any fixed catagories . Many new bands often fallinto the early"burn-out syndrome" due to a lack of new material ,often becoming stagnant . I doubt that this will be the case here asLester pointed out that they have apretty much unlimited source o foriginal materialthat we haven't learned ; everyday something comes up . "They are determined to progress musically, for example they expresse dthe possible limited use of a synthesizer in recording to add mor eto their already textured sound .Unfortunetly Florida is not exactly the best enviromen tfor developing bands to suceed . In October the band plans on makin gthe move to a more open city, Boston . Lester defends the move, "w ewant to play everyplace we can . . . there's no record companies, nobacking, not many clubs here at all . Allen summarized things withthe bitter truth that "the odds are against you here in Florida forsure ." By the time you read this a 3 song flexi-disc should be out ,designed primarily for promotion, a flexi being "cheaper to mai laway ." This will be followed by a standard 7" single, all on theirown label, Dot City . Of course the ultimate goal would be an actua lcontract with a "real" label . They expressed their intrest in alarger independent label such as .Rough Trade, where they would b efree to pursue their own artistic direction .Since Tampa seems to be the only other city in th estate which can rival Miamiwith original bands I wa skind of curious to se ewhich scene they prefered .Unsuprisingly Leste rstrongly stated "beside sa few excepti .ns I lik ebands in Tampa better . Bandsdown here seem to be so fak eso backwards . The Cichlid swere like big frauds ." TheStick Figures, a forme rTampa band who haverelocated to D .C ., who werefamous for constantl ychanging their instrument sthroughout their sets


PRIMITIVE ROMANCE (CONTINUED )remain personal favorites, "they're almost idols . "Next time you get the chance to see Primitive Romance ,you owe it to yourself to do so . You can watch TV or listen to you rRamones records anytime . Everybody is so quick to complain abou tthe scene down here, but when something interesting happens nobod yshows up . Well I guess I'm asking for too much, I mean afteral lthe Ramones are "superstars" . Why would anyone want to go see aband doing new original music when they can go somewhere else an dsee their "idols" doing the same stuff that they've done for th epast five years . Maybe I'm out of touch but, I always thought tha tthe reason why people went to see bands in the first place wa sfor the "music" .Top Sevens7. HEAVEN 17- FASCIST GROOV ETFjANG (IMP)ALBUM S 451 . JOY DIVISION- CLOSER(DOM )SINGLES,N'?(DOM )3 . Xx EWILDTGIFT(DOM)1. JOY DIVISION- LOVE WILL TEAR US 4 . AU PAIRS- PLAYING WITH AAPART(DOM 7 " ) DIFFERENT SEX(IMP )2. U2- FIRE(IMP 7 " ) GEN X- KISS ME DEADLY(IMP )3. SPECIALS- GHOST TOWN(7" & 12" IMP) 6 . RAMONES- PLEASANT DREAMS(DOM )4. REACTIONS- LOVE YOU(DOM 7") 7 . PYLON- GYRATE(DOM )5. GANG OF FOUR- TO HELL WITHPOVERTY(IMP 7")CHART COMPILED BY g LESLIE/OPEN6. SIOUXSIE & BANSHEES-SPELLBOUN DS &C O(IMP 7")(DOM) DOMESTIC / (IMP) IMPORT


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