Felt – “Primitive Painters” (redux)

Felt – “Primitive Painters” (redux)

Upon seeing this news item at BrooklynVegan about Felt’s reissuing their 1985 Elizabeth Fraser-featuring, number one single from Ignite The Seven Cannons, particularly the part about the band having never made music videos, I was reminded that I posted about the song a couple years ago and specifically included a video for the song – or more specifically, a half a video, as Lawrence explained it was never finished because of a lack of funds and should never have trickled onto the internet.

Well with the song being repressed as a limited edition 10″ coming out on Friday, they’ve finally made a video for the song made up of archival Super-8 footage from the ’80s, cobbled together by Jesus and Mary Chain’s Douglas Hart. Says the press release:

The definitive video for Primitive Painters. On its release in 1985 the song shot to the top of the Independent Singles Chart and has remained a firm favourite with fans ever since. Produced by Robin Guthrie and featuring the skyscraping vocals of Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins.

Lawrence has commissioned Douglas Hart to direct a beautiful meditation of the group at the time. Featuring unseen Super 8 footage of characters from the scene including Alan McGee and Martin Duffy.

Felt did not make any videos during the eighties but Lawrence always wanted to make a film for this classic song. Now 38 years later we are proud to present their very first promotional film.

Felt @ Facebook

You can watch it here, and the original bootleg video which Cherry Red has tried – but so far not succeeded – to scrub from the internet.

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