Helmet cover Killing Joke’s “Primitive” – studio & live versions

born_bigPrimitive is the closing track on Killing Joke‘s eponymous debut LP (and a masterpiece), and it is among my favourite Killing Joke tracks.

The song is primal in its simplicity and it conjures up that dystopian, post-punk soundscape to perfection.  It is bleak.

And then this track came up again recently – “Helmet”, normally known for far heavier fare, covering Primitive, and when I  revisited it is was excellent to find it was just as good as I remember it…

Primitive (studio) – Helmet

From “Born Annoying”, 1995, Amphetamine Reptile Records

Primitive (live) – Helmet

Original Killing Joke version

Killing Joke “Primitive” Lyrics

Primitive feeling, primitive way
Getting closer to the primitive day
Intuition wherever it goes
The primitive day, the primitive way
Primitive feeling, primitive way
Getting closer to the primitive day
Follow the feeling wherever it goes
The primitive day, the primitive way

via Born Annoying | Helmet.

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