The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
At the forefront of the short- lived "blonde pop" scene, it's somehow fitting that The Primitives seal their return with a collection of covers from female-fronted bands from the '60s.
Bringing their trademark buzz-saw guitar sound to these 14 largely obscure tracks, the reformed Coventry quartet are on reassuringly familiar ground with the jangle-pop of I'm Not Sayin' and the groovy, gothic psychedelia of The Witch.
There's also evidence that in the years following their initial dissolution they've been listening to plenty of northern soul.
It's an influence that shines through on some of Echoes & Rhymes's strongest tracks, with I Surrender a frantic floor stomper and Move On Over a garage rock kiss-off with Tamla-esque rhythm section.
A strong addition to the band's catalogue, it's also guaranteed to have the listener tracking down some of the original versions.