Primitons: Happy All The Time (1987)
The Alabama-based band is cut from the same cloth as other Southern bands of the era, like Love Tractor, the Connells, and Guadalcanal Diary (and of course that other Athens band), with pastoral, jangly guitars, while incorporating some more frenetic rhythms reminiscent of the early Feelies or the Bongos.
The album's opening track, "On Or Off The Bus," is shimmering, upbeat pop, with some nice guitar lines; "Deception" is a similarly solid pop-rocker with a radio-friendly energy; "You Are Leaving" is folky, with a nice Feelies-like rollicking feel; and "Happy All The Time" is a gorgeous ballad, like an update to the Youngbloods' "Get Together." But their best song may be the lead-off track from the earlier EP, "All My Friends," which has a jittery staccato feel that channels Athens' legendary Pylon; truly one of the most overlooked classic tracks of the era.
Here's an audio rip of "All My Friends":