My Top 1000 Songs #288: Crash
I spent a lot of time in the late 80s listening to women-fronted indie pop bands--acts like the Primitives, Darling Buds, Voice of the Beehive, Transvision Vamp, etc. A lot of great songs, some buoyant bundles of giddiness that helped break up the otherwise at-sea musical vibe I was feeling after graduating college and losing access to the college radio scene that had so radically altered my musical trajectory.
If I had to pick a single song to best capture that era, it would have to be "Crash," off the Primitives' 1988 debut Lovely. It's a fairly basic three-chord pop tune, shades of power pop dating back to the earliest days of the Kinks with some 80s jangle and a touch of Jesus and Mary Chain electricity. Nothing fancy, nothing pretentious, just pure, smile-inducing joy. To this day, a fail-safe pick-me-up.
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