From The Desk Of The Primitives: Seven Famous Erics

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.


Seven Famous Erics is a game we play when we’re waiting around in airports or on long drives. The rules are simple: You think of a name, not a really common name like John or Mary, but not a really unusual name either, so a name like Eric or Donald or Lorraine for instance, and try to think of seven famous people with that name. It can’t be a character name and they have to be known by that name and not an abbreviated version or different spelling, and obviously you can’t look on the internet. It’s a collaborative effort and you can set a time limit if you want. It kills a bit of time and is a great way to cut down on idle blabber, because everyone ends up deep in thought, racking their brains for that elusive seventh name.