From The Desk Of The Primitives: Two ’60s Female-Fronted Songs

The Primitives have been invited to guest edit MAGNET this week, so we thought we’d spin right back through memory, as the line from the title track of our new album, Spin-O-Rama, goes (how’s that for a clever bit of crowbarring?), and revisit some music-related experiences from our childhood, youth and early days of the band. There’s also some other random stuff to do with the world of the Primitives. It’s been a pleasure putting all this together, as there wouldn’t normally be any reason to relay any of this stuff. So thanks MAGNET, we’re enjoying the delve.

Tracy: Here’s a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “It’s No Secret” by Susan Barrett. A minor northern-soul spin. The other side (“What’s It Gonna Be?”) is the better-known track, and it’s good, too—it’s debatable whether it beats Dusty’s version, but the aforementioned is a mighty tune and we never tire of hearing it.

In a similar vein, here is a song by British girl group the Chantelles, which seems to have all the components of one of those not-strictly-soul northern-soul floor fillers, but wasn’t. When I first found this record I played it about 30 times in a row. I get greedy like that when I hear something I really like.

By the way, check out the album we recorded a few years ago called Echoes & Rhymes, if you haven’t already. It’s a covers album and all the songs are girl-fronted obscurities from the ’60s and early ’70s.