It’s not unreasonable to assume that a chart-topping single – even on the UK indie charts – in 1985 would have a video, given it was the MTV era. However if you were to go looking for the clip for “Primitive Painters”, Felt‘s luminous chart-topper from 1985’s Ignite The Seven Cannons, built on Maurice Deebank’s jangly guitars and Martin Duffy’s keys, to say nothing of Elizabeth Fraser’s soaring backing vocals, you’ll probably be surprised/amused/confused by what you find.
The clip, as exists on YouTube, is just a dour-looking Lawrence and bassist Phil King standing around a house holding guitars, neither even attempting to mime playing the song. That is because, according to Lawrence in an expansive interview about the song with Uncut, the clip was never finished and shouldn’t even be out there – but the internet is going to internet.
You can read the entire piece below:
And in March 2018, Outsideleft Music talked to Maurice Deebank about why Ignite was his final record with Felt and why “Primitive Painters” was a big part of his departure:
This Is How Maurice Deebank Felt @ Outsideleft Music
And the recent Felt reissues – including his undoing some of Robin Guthrie’s original work on Ignite 30 years later – are one of the topics in an expansive interview by Clash with Lawrence in February 2018:
Strong Melodies For Humdrum Lives: The Singular Vision Of Lawrence @ Clash
So here’s that half-a-video: