Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Primitives - "Crash" (forgotten song)

I was driving a rental car last week and enjoying satellite radio, mostly the channel "1st Wave" which plays mildly alternatively pop music from the 70s & 80s. On came a song that I only barely recognized, so I checked the display and saw that it was "Crash" from The Primitives.

I didn't recognize the band name or even the song title, but I could just barely remember having heard the song before. But where? I can't recall hearing it on the radio or MTV (the video is not familiar either). Investigating after I returned, I discovered it was a single from their 1988 LP "Lovely" and apparently charted very well in the UK and US. 1988 would have been when I was in college, perhaps it was on the radio, or someone down the hall in the dorm, or some random party.

I did discover that a slightly tarted up version was used in the 1994 film "Dumb and Dumber", but I've only seen that film once so I doubt I'm remembering it from the movie. Although the original version came out in 1988, the sound is more like 1982.

The song itself is harmless fluff that would be at home on a soundtrack to a John Hughes film; I'm more intrigued by my partial memory of it since it is unusual for me to not remember a song's context. Do you remember "Crash"? If so, let me know.

Crash: 1988 version

Crash: 1995 version

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