Crash (The Primitives song)

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Single by The Primitives
from the album Lovely
B-side "Things Get in Your Way"
Released February 1988
Format 7" vinyl, 10" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Genre Indie pop, alternative rock
Length 2:31 (Album Version)
3:15 (The 95 Mix)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Paul Court
Steve Dullaghan
Tracy Spencer
The Primitives singles chronology
"Thru the Flowers"
"Out of Reach"

"Crash" is a song written by The Primitives band members Paul Court, Steve Dullaghan and Tracy Spencer. The song was first recorded by The Primitives for their 1988 debut album Lovely. This version of the song was released as a single and a cassette in 1988 and peaked at number five on United Kingdom singles chart and number three on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks. In 1994, the song was featured on the Dumb & Dumber movie soundtrack as "Crash (The '95 Mix)". This remix included additional guitars, percussion, organ and backing vocals - none of which were performed by any of The Primitives. Several cover versions are actually based on the '95 Mix and not the original.

The song was also later featured in the 2004 film Surviving Christmas and the 2007 film Mr Bean's Holiday. In 2011, the song was used in the international trailer for Disney/Pixar's Cars 2. The song is also featured in two video games: 2009's Lego Rock Band and 2011's Burnout Crash!.This song also featured in a cinema-only PIF by THINK! and TfL called Crash.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Crash" — 2:32
  2. "Things Get in Your Way" — 2:21
12" single
  1. "Crash" — 2:32
  2. "I'll Stick with You" — 2:34
  3. "Crash" (Demo) — 2:19
  4. "Things Get in Your Way" — 2:21


Chart (1988) Peak
UK Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 3
South African Singles Chart 15

Cover versions[edit]

Chloë version[edit]

Single by Chloë
Released 2 September 2005
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:17
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Paul Court
Steve Dullaghan
Tracy Spencer
Producer(s) Paul Whilshire
Chloë singles chronology

"Crash" was covered by Australian singer/songwriter Chloë for her album Beyond Coming, and released as her second single. It peaked at #10 on the ARIA singles chart.

The music video was directed by Mark Barold, and filmed at a Sushi Train restaurant. It depicts Chloë as a customer. Instead of sushi going around the conveyor belt there are objects like a drummer, some dancers, a fish and a pair of sumo wrestlers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Crash" — 3:16
  2. "Crash" (Crackle N' Pop remix) — 7:03
  3. "Stars" (Sterling remix) — 3:39


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 10

Matt Willis version[edit]

Matt Willis Crash.JPG
Single by Matt Willis
from the album Mr. Bean's Holiday soundtrack
Released 26 March 2007 (CD Single containing 1 song then released on 16 April 2007 for the Comm CD containing two songs
Format CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop punk
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Paul Court
Steve Dullaghan
Tracy Spencer
Matt Willis singles chronology
"Don't Let It Go to Waste"

The song was covered by British singer-songwriter Matt Willis, formerly of McBusted and now of Busted, and released as a single on 16 April 2007. Willis recorded this version of the song for the film Mr. Bean's Holiday. Mr. Bean also appears in the video for this song along with Willis.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Crash" - 2:57
  2. "Power of Love" - 4:28
  3. "Crash" (VIDEO)

The music of matt willis's version of ''Crash'' was composed by Jimmy Sims, Richie Mills & Nick Tsang


Chart (2007) Peak
Scottish Singles Chart[1] 14
UK Singles Chart 31

Other artists[edit]