THE PRIMEVALS Elixir of love 10 " 45 rpm 1986 New Rose wav
Elixir of love / Sister / Lonesome weepin' blues .
Produced by Richard Mazda .
The Primevals : Michael Rooney : lead vocals , harmonica , maracas / Malcolm Mc Donald : guitars , backing vocals / Tom Rafferty : guitars / John Honeyman : bass , backing vocals / Rhod Lefty Burnett : drums .
The Primevals are now in a good place.The band started in 1983, Michael Rooney had a record stall and had some friends who played in bands. He had seen loads of local bands at the time from Johnny and the Self Abusers, Dirty Reds, Cuban Heels, Fun 4 and the Subs and thought he could do something. He was friends with the Subs and a couple of years later he got ex-member Kevin Key on guitar, Malcolm MacDonald on bass and Tom Rafferty on guitar who was the first guy who was into the whole idea, along with Rhod Burnett from the Zanti Misfits/Hela and the Headhunters on drums. They did their first gig in 1983 in Night Moves, Glasgow they had about 7 songs. They recorded a demo and then a single. By this time they solidified with John Honeyman on bass and Don Gordon on guitar. Michael then sent some new recordings to New Rose and they liked it, soon The Primevals released "Eternal Hotfire" a mini album on New Rose. Malcolm came back on guitar replacing Tom and they cut a 45 'Living in Hell/Walk in my footsteps' . They then recorded 'Soundhole' with Tom replacing Don Gordon, toured with The Cramps in Europe then cut the 'Live a Little' album this time Gordon Goudie replacing Tom Rafferty. The Primevals did record over this period, 5 sessions for BBC Radio 1 john peel (1), janice long (2) and andy kershaw(2). They then released the live lp 'Neon Oven' this was originally meant for a cassette only release but was issued on lp form by 53rd & 3rd label in 1988. A fifth record was recorded called 'Dig' and released in 1990 on nibelung records, germany, The Primevals ceased for some time between 1991-1999. Michael formed 'Bean Spasm in London 1991-1993 they did 5 gigs. He returned to Glasgow and formed 'the Fatalistics' 1994 and played occasional gigs over a 4 year period.This was basically The Primevals playing covers by People's Choice, Charlie Feathers and Sun Ra, etc. The Primevals began playing under their name again in 2000 and have played live only occasionally during this time. Michael played a few shows 2003-5 year period with Breakdown 99. In 2006 The Primevals began recording a new record at FML studio in Motherwell. They have just finished it . It's called "Ther's no other life and this is it" . You can buy it here !