Primitive Painters
by Felt

Album: Ignite The Seven Cannons (1985)
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Songfacts®:

  • Felt were a 1980s British post-punk band led by the mononymous Lawrence (the singer and guitarist has never used his surname - widely believed to be Hayward - in credits or press for his work). Though they never achieved a hit single or album, Felt have been cited as an influence by such bands as Belle & Sebastian, The Charlatans and Manic Street Preachers.
  • Lawrence was a huge fan of the guitar work of Television's Tom Verlaine. The band's name was inspired by Verlaine's emphasis of the word "felt" in the Television song "Venus."
  • This was Felt's most successful single, reaching the top of the UK independent singles chart. It was the last lyric Lawrence wrote for the band's Ignite The Seven Cannons album. He explained the song's meaning to Uncut magazine: "It's about wanting to be something more than you are. 'Dragons blow fire, angels fly, spirits wither in the air. It's just me, I can't deny I'm neither here, there nor anywhere.'"

    "And about wanting to be in a select group: 'Primitive painters are ships floating on an empty sea, gathering in galleries.' Imagine really cool kids hanging out in galleries, not pubs. I'd always find myself in a gallery on my own."
  • Ignite the Seven Cannons was produced by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins and this song featured the soaring vocals of his bandmate Elizabeth Fraser.

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