the feelies - classic or dud?

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absolute classic! one of my all-time faves. vanished after releasing four outstanding albums (the best being _crazy rhythms_ and _only life_) between 1980 and 1991.

willem, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I used to love the Feelies and I still own the two albums you praise (sold The Good Earth though, it was kinda bleh) but I can't honestly remember the last time I listened to either one. Still a classic in my book (about 60 million times more interesting than any of their NYC counterparts to boot--better songs, less pretensions, just good music) and their appearance in Something Wild is one of my fave band cameos. This thread will probably inspire me to listen to them when I go home.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

that appearance in "something wild" is indeed a classic as well, how did they end up in that one? btw, would have loved to have had the feelies on one of my highschool-parties!

willem, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think Demme is from New Jersey. I just assumed he was fan. They have a song in Married to the Mob as well, I think.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

On Crazy Rhythms, they seemed like a guitar band that could only be possible in a time when synths were center stage. They sounded like they were both inspired by recent synth music, and answering to it. I've never heard their albums from after Crazy Rhythms except for bits here and there. I know they list keyboards in the credits, but do they use them prominently?

Curt, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love "IT'S ONLY LIFE".. Great lp!!!

todd, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I bought _Only Life_ back in... 87? 89? I can't remember exactly, but I do remember loving the first song and thinking that the rest of it was unbearably dull. This may have been influenced by all of the industrial music that was obssessing me at the time, though.

Dan Perry, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

didn't most of them become wake ooloo? i've never heard wake ooloo. are they any good?

keith, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

keyboards is not an instrument that comes to mind when i think about feelies-albums. so that would mean not so prominent i suppose. i've heard one wake ooloo album a few years back but couldn't be bothered at the time. i just remember thinking it was something like a one-legged feelie (?)

willem, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think Demme directed the video for "Away," too. I saw them live shortly after the release of Time For A Witness (yet another solid album) and they seemed a little tired of playing for like a dozen people after ten years of touring. I also recall them re-tuning their guitars after every single song. I believe one of the percussionists went on to play in some incarnation of Luna..? Anyway - one of my favorite bands of yore.

josh, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yes - Crazy Rhythms and the Good Earth are modest classics. I bought Crazy Rhythms and The Bongos album (Can't remember the title - it's a compilation of singles and EPs I think) for £3 each on the same day, and each of them make me instantly happy when I pick them up. Each has a thick, cardboardy sleeve which is important. The Good Earth is less original, and since it was produced by Peter Buck, the inevitable REM comparisons were a little tiresome, but not totally unjust. I didn't like Only Life much.

Dr. C, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What Dr.C said. Their music makes me happy as well. I think about riding a train, looking out of the window and seeing lush meadows when I hear Feelies guitars. And "Good Earth" I like a lot whereas "Only Life" I don't.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Crazy Rhythms" is fan goddam fucken tastic but all i heard of their later stuff was just this boring REM type of music. why did they stop doing all that crazy drum shit?

, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

GLENN: Stiff requested a demo for a second album. They didn't like it. We were doing a lot of home recording, even more in an Eno mode
and less like a rock band. Stiff rejected the songs and we just wrote some more. We weren't playing (live) at that point. Anton was playing
with the Lounge Lizards, doing live shows. He just called up and said "I quit the band." Then Stiff took that that opportunity to drop the
band. One song "The Obediant Atom" was pretty similar to "40 Days" on the first Wake Ooloo record. I think we only had a couple of
songs. We really weren't ready to do another record anyway. It was kind of relief actually.


Has anyone ever heard this!!!??? The demo they made for Stiff???

Does it still exist? Holy Toledo!

And does anyone know why there has never been an actual Smithereens soundtrack released??!!! Was there ever a bootleg??

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 26 July 2004 23:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Undertow on Only Life is their best song ever!

David Allen (David Allen), Monday, 26 July 2004 23:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

unreleased feelies recordings?! holy shit, i just creamed my jeans.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 02:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Doesn't seem like this has ever surfaced. Here's a Feelies bootleg page with no mention of these tapes. Does mention a 45 minute Trypes demos tape!

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 03:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Trypes ep is fantastic. One of them released a solo single of a song that would be on the Yung Wu record record and it's even better. The Yung Wu record is better then the Wake Ooloo record, last I listened. Anyone who thinks the later albums are boring REM stuff NEED to listen. There's stuff on the Good Earth that's more frenetic and angsty then anything on Crazy Rhythms, just arranged differently. It's reall more of the same thing but even better songs in many cases.

Anyone with info on those early bootlegs please let me know. I've wanted to hear that stuff for years and years. I heard they were really punky originally. Slipping Into Something from 1977? Damn.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 06:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

classic classic classic.
_Crazy rhythms_ is one of the best albums ever - well, almost.
I'd really like to listen to some live stuff (I heard they did _Marquee Moon_) and I love that silly cover of _Fame_ they played on _Something Wild_.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 07:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I will join in the involuntary skeet explusion over the possibility of hearing this stuff.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 14:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Some aspiring record label should re-issue their records, as I think all but "Crazy Rhythms" is out of print.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 14:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

A box-set would be nice. With live and unreleased stuff. Does anyone know any rich people?

They were so good live. I saw them open for REM, Lou Reed, and 2 or 3 times in Philly by themselves and they were always wonderful.

I used to have a great bootleg video of a show in new york where either Bill or Glenn (i can't remember who) got sick and had to run off the stage to throw up and they did the rest of the show without him. Even that was great.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 14:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

love love love the feelies and they could be amazing live , play half the songs double time and yer just wiped by the end of the concert. worked on a show with them in 89 where they came out and did 6 3 song encores - basically another full set!

only life is good but i find i actually play good earth much more.

H (Heruy), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 15:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

always suspected they were better live than on record.
and how great great great is _moscow nights_?

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 15:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

haha I just played that on my radio show a half hour ago!

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 15:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

anthony miccio, you have good taste. :)

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 15:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Good Earth is their best album but it's one of those records that sounds worlds better at certain times of the year, in this case in the fall. The first album is great too, especially "Forces at Work."

Burr (Burr), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I will state my love for the Feelies here so you can all think more highly of me.

artdamages (artdamages), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I really do love the Feelies.

artdamages (artdamages), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Not the greatest singers or songwriters, maybe, but still a classic band. The way I always WISHED R.E.M. sounded, tho I didn't hear the Feelies until several years later. I imagine they'd be great in concert. Excellent taste in covers, doing '60s songs THEIR way. Plus, anal types like me wish that more bands did that Eno/Feelies instrumental inventory thing, recounting which bandmember played wood blocks and who played "snake guitar" and "galloping guitar" and so on. (Then again, I suppose MBV-types wouldn't want to reveal their secrets.) And has there ever been an uncooler-looking bunch than the one on the cover of Crazy Rhythms? Well, maybe; but still: Classic!

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Some aspiring record label should re-issue their records, as I think all but "Crazy Rhythms" is out of print.

I've been doing my best to get the word out on one of the better kept secretly not out-of-print albums: The Good Earth is in print, via Twin/Tone records. It's on custom burned CD (not CDR) and sounds great. You don't get the cover art...boo hoo. Also available is the Yung Wu album (never before on CD) and that EP that came after The Good Earth. If memory serves, the website is twintone.com.

They were probably my favorite live band of all time.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

great band. great guitar sound.

amateur!st (amateurist), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"better kept secretly" no idea what that means. It's a well kept secret that this album is still available.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That Twin/Tone bullshit doesn't count, though. They need to reissue these records proper.

Totally classic. The best New Jersey nerd rock nervous nitwit band ever.

mcd (mcd), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Not sure why it's bullshit. It's a CD, it's a better transfer than the original, and it's cheap. Is a cover booklet that important?

Except for their lousy job of publicising this, it's a great way to keep a back catalog available that might not justify a new printing.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It does justify a new printing.

mcd (mcd), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

morally or financially?

dlp9001, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 16:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Whoa, 45 minutes of Trypes demos?? I always figured there were just the four songs on _The Explorers Hold_ and "A Plan Revised."

I have the potential of being a total Deadhead when it comes to Feelies live/demos. Someone really ought to initiate a Dicks Picks-esque series.

mike a, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I got into the Feelies in college thanks to my friends in Spiral Jetty, whose _Tour of Homes_ EP was produced by Million & Mercer. (Get this EP if you ever see it - it's practically a fifth Feelies album.) I must have seen the Feelies two dozen times throughout the '80s. Thinking about it now, they may have been my all-time favorite live act. Wake Ooloo and The Sunburst just don't fill the gap.

mike a, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They don't compare to the Feelies, but I was kind of pleasantly surprised by a couple of the Sunburst songs on their webpage. Worth downloading for free, at least.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they're good - you can't go really wrong with the Baumgartner/Mercer/Paruta/Demeski lineup. I guess I really want to hear "From The Morning Glories" live.

mike a, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I got into the Feelies in college thanks to my friends in Spiral Jetty, whose _Tour of Homes_ EP was produced by Million & Mercer.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i mean, i think crazy rhythms is OOP, too. very recently, though - recent enough that after i saw that it wasnt in print last year, i went on a wild internet search, and bought one on walmart's website that mustve been languoring in some warehouse somewhere.

but OMG classic times a million. i like some of the good earth stuff, but anton fier makes the band for me, and so crazy rhythms is the only one thats really brilliant. nonetheless, that is more than enough to get them such highly classic status in my book.

funny that theres a dB's and feelies c/d resurrected in the same day - by the same person? i got into those two groups in the same month or so...

peter smith (plsmith), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

morally or financially?

Both.

mcd (mcd), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I got into the Feelies in college thanks to my friends in Spiral Jetty, whose _Tour of Homes_ EP was produced by Million & Mercer.
-- St. Nicholas (naamm...), July 27th, 2004 2:16 PM. (later)

WTF? This cut out my entire second sentence. I said: "Weird. One of the guys from Spiral Jetty was a professor at William & Mary when I was there. They had a minireunion show on campus."

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

morally or financially?
Both.
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Twin Tone's accountants apparently disagree with part of that. Probably worth noting the sales figures on the Twin Tone site. If you can convince them that they're sitting on a gold mine, though, more power to you.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

as a small label guy, I think there is still good reason to put out CDs. I also think when you limit how much you release and put a lot of work into promoting a small catalog, you have a better chance at making your money back. When you're trying to promote 300 bands, it's a different ballgame. If the entire Feelies catalog was out of print and I managed to get the rights to license, each CD would come out with lots of press, in a relatively small amount(probably smaller then TwinTone would press.) However, taking advantage of iTunes and internet sales, and adequate promotion, that small amount would be easily available all over the world. In other words, do I think we'd make our money back on releasing the Feelies stuff? With love and devotion and time, absolutely. TwinTone just seems set in the idea that the CD will be dead shortly and they say they want to be on the cutting edge of digital delivery. Not sure what they see as the failings of iTunes, plenty of other labels seem to have accepted it.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They are pretty much defunkt aren't they? I think all they are doing is selling catalog stuff. Probably no time or energy to bother w/anything else.

artdamages (artdamages), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 19:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dan's right. I can think of 100 'post-punk' or whatever reissues that have been released in the last year or two that sell reasonably well and that are not nearly as good as the Feelies records. Should be available in stores and such in my opinion. I just think Twin/Tone is doing a poor job. If they won't release it, they should let someone else release it.

mcd (mcd), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 19:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

well they are letting people release some stuff, much of the "big" names are being licensed to Restless or whomever. They seem to have the music and the artists best interests in mind, but are, like everyone else, genuinely confused about what's going to happen in the next few years. Selling custom CDs without the art is kinda funny though, in a time when everyone else is trying to say that the art is one reason to NOT download the damn thing!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 19:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Feelies, Beach Fossils
FREE SHOW - July 18 – Monday – 6:00pm – Central Park, Manhattan
http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-feelies-beach-fossils/

ulysses, Thursday, 21 April 2016 02:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Nice. Saw them play last weekend for nearly 3 hours. Did Stooges, Television, Patti Smith and Modern Lovers covers as part of that.

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 April 2016 15:37 (one year ago) Permalink

which Television tune did they do -- "See No Evil"?

tylerw, Friday, 22 April 2016 15:44 (one year ago) Permalink

yup

dc, Friday, 22 April 2016 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Break after first set at Kingston show. No recognizable covers as yet.

Gabba Gabba Hey in the Hayloft (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 July 2016 01:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

Second set underway. Sound mix much improved.

Gabba Gabba Hey in the Hayloft (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 July 2016 02:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

Encore covers ended up being
"She Said, She Said"
"White Light/White Heat"
"Paint It Black"

Think they may have been put off by audience response (and perhaps curtailed show a tiny bit?)
At one point Brenda said "You know, you can talk between songs."

Death of a Disco Mystic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 18 July 2016 01:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

Nobody calling friends, "Guess where I am!", even? Makes me think of the audience in Blow-Up (and one of the decade or so later, mentioned on the Pylon thread, so classic Feelies era too, but maybe they were hoping not to see such an oil painting again).

Notebook mutterings from last year, dipping my toe in deep Feelies at tylwerw's splendid doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com, relevant section(s?) of which is and/or are linked upthread, I think:

Finally getting to these guys, via 1977-80 shows, also The Willies (AKA Feelies), and a recent Feelies performance on YouTube. The '77 set takes off, has to u-turn and grab me up (so far), but that it does; some later boxcar flotation zones me in and out later, a few Willies numbers are too shiny-happy for me, but more often than not, here be meditative momentum, even a few American Dancestand work-outs, and tendrils of sweet potato love in my cellar. The Willies version of "The Great Pretender," between Leggo, Eggo and regggae, has me chanting, "Duke, Duke, Duke." They know about Dick Dale's flaunted Lebanese heritage and why some Creem reviewer once mentioned that early solo Eno "plays synthesizer like the Ventures."

dow, Monday, 18 July 2016 17:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

NYC encores were (maybe not in this exact order):

Astral Plane
Paint It Black

White Light / White Heat
Everybody’s Got Something to Hide ‘Cept for Me and My Monkey

See No Evil
Fa Ce La

Thus Sang Freud, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 16:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

haven't heard 'em do "astral plane" -- off to youtube!

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 16:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 16:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

not the best quality, but sounds good. feelies could probably just go ahead and cover the entire 1st modern lovers record.

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 17:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

haven't heard 'em do "astral plane" -- off to youtube!

Ha, I did exactly the same thing early this morning

Miami Jeeves And The Ties That Bind (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 July 2016 17:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

had a great time at this; there was a summer camp of "the art and business of pop music" that came through the venue and i took five of them up to the stage to see what the pit looks like during a show. they lost their miiiiiiiinds

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Tuesday, 19 July 2016 17:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

my first Feelies show… I thought it would be cool if they came up with a Suicide arrangement, like "Ghost rider" or "Frankie Teardrop"… no dice…

veronica moser, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 18:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

xpost: "last night was my"

veronica moser, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 18:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

i can hear them doing a suicide cover in my mind, though i get the feeling the feelies aren't a "let's-figure-a-song-out-the-day-before-a-show" kinda band, like, say yo la tengo.

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 19:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

maybe this is the closest (think that's Stan Demeski on drums)

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 July 2016 19:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

speaking of ylt, ira and georgia were in the house last evening. not so much a "house" 'cause it was outdoors. fun fact -- ira wore earplugs, georgia didn't.

i picked up that glenn mercer covers cdr and some yung wu cdr that also has a lot of covers on it (kingdom come!) at the merch table.

Thus Sang Freud, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

They were at a show I went to last year, LaLa Brooks at a folklore museum in Queens, and it seemed to me that Ira's hearing was pretty bad. Unless the reason that he couldn't hear was that he had his earplugs in.

Miami Jeeves And The Ties That Bind (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

hey, new album!
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/the-feelies-announce-new-lp-in-between-listen-to-been-replaced/

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 21:18 (four months ago) Permalink

Hell yes.

Austin, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 02:34 (four months ago) Permalink

Aw, yeah!

hardcore dilettante, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 02:40 (four months ago) Permalink

here's Mercer/Million on the record:

"On the new record we did a lot of it at my house in my home studio with extra equipment. It's the same room where we rehearsed. We've been here since we reformed and a little bit prior to taking the hiatus in the 90's. So it's a room we're really familiar with and feel comfortable in. We also did some recording at an engineer's studio, so it was all done very low key. We refer to it as "off the clock" when you're not paying an hourly rate, so in that sense it was a lot more relaxed. I don't think anyone would notice a drastic change in the sound or the vibe of the record. I think it sounds a lot more relaxed and laid back."

"I think all of our albums reflect a certain degree of reaction to the work that we previously did and In Between is no exception," continues Bill Million. "We liked the sounds and the feel of the demos for this album and we thought it would be difficult to capture that in a recording studio. So that was our starting point and it evolved in a much more relaxed way that loaned itself to more creative interplay. Time wasn't a component. If you let it, music can take on a life of its own and we wanted to allow the songs to develop with that idea in mind."

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:10 (four months ago) Permalink

Grew up loving the Feelies, but I'd really rather see a new Yung Wu album at this point. Not sure what's up with Omi Palone (Morrissey probably responsible for their name), but as of 2014 they were doing the Feelies better than the Feelies (while putting a Feelies poster in their video). New Feelies album cover highly reminiscent of Flydaddy reissue of Moles "Untune The Sky."

dlp9001, Thursday, 8 December 2016 14:41 (four months ago) Permalink

dlp9001, Thursday, 8 December 2016 14:43 (four months ago) Permalink

Ran to listen to Omi Palone. Ooooof, just a little too on the nose for enjoyment, IMO.

hardcore dilettante, Sunday, 11 December 2016 01:30 (four months ago) Permalink

At first I thought the Omi Palone song was cute (especially the bit with the Feelies poster), but it's grown on me a lot, the way it builds to a too-short climax. I'm not sure what a band like Feelies is supposed to do, actually. They're so painted into a corner (and again, this is a band I seriously love) that the idea of just having other bands take over for them doesn't seem like the worst thing in the world. And again, that's why what I really want is more Yung Wu.

dlp9001, Sunday, 11 December 2016 21:55 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Yung Wu fans might enjoy "Rock And Pillars" from the recent Bats album.

The new Feelies album is really great. I always had a problem with <em>Only Life</em> and <em>Time For A Witness</em> because in the process of trying to beef up their sound they became a bit too generic alt rock and lost some of the magic of the first two albums. This one does.

Jangle Pop: The Feelies, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Real Estate, The Bats, The Black Watch

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 26 February 2017 02:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Ordered it online yesterday. Really anticipating it's arrival.

Austin, Sunday, 26 February 2017 06:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Couple tracks I heard sound good from the new record.

I think the later two albums like 'Only Life' and 'Time for a Witness' really are more a result of being more of a 'live band'. I saw them live and got into them around Time for a Witness and they were really groovy live. Crazy Rhythms was at that point a different band or where they started compared to '91 when they were gigging and touring. The first record is iconic, but I think part of that was the shock of "oh man, we are making a record" and they just did it, but what was there wasn't exactly what they became like as a live band over time. Or at least that would be my guess...

On a personal note, I think it's pretty damn admirable how many of the punk/postpunk/indie musicians from the 80s and on especially some of the cats that didn't cash in on the golden ring are still going for it and applying their musical minds a few decades down the line. And there is a LOT of them doing so. Got to tip the hat for that.

earlnash, Sunday, 26 February 2017 07:13 (two months ago) Permalink

this is hitting me much more than Here Before did. really really enjoying it. and the last track was a pleasant surprise

also I highly recommend Rolling Blackouts CF too

Isi, Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:40 (two months ago) Permalink

On artistic grounds, it's too bad they didn't release this as the follow up to Good Earth. I'm not sure if it would have helped their career, but it would have been a really satisfying 1-2 punch. Easily the 3rd best Feelies album.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 18:48 (one month ago) Permalink

ha, i don't know about that (i love only life and witness), but yeah, this album is really solid throughout. glad they are still at it.

tylerw, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 18:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Kind of want to see them revisit the first album style next, just to see what they can do, as this is generally Good Earth part 2 (though as we now know, Slipping was an early composition...)

dlp9001, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 18:54 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah interesting that the first album is kind of the outlier in their catalog now, even though it's the "iconic" record.

tylerw, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 18:57 (one month ago) Permalink

the thing is the first album really was an outlier in that a lot of it's sound is defined by the methods they used in the studio, which was not at all indicative of their live sound...and they've even expressed some regret about those choices. I'm sure they don't think it sounds bad, I think they just feel like at the time they didn't want to sound too punk but in my discussions with them there was a sense that it was too bad they weren't able to release something as powerful as their live sound. As we all know, they did a bunch of recordings, including the stuff recently release by Ork, and felt like they weren't ready to present themselves so they waited then went into the studio without their usual engineer and did something more out of the box and came up with that sound.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 20:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Is there a thread for bands whose most iconic record is their first one, but which is also stylistically an outlier in their catalog?

henry s, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 20:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Got the album in the mail today. After one run through I have to say it's predictably excellent. Which is comforting.

10/10. . . Five stars. . . or whatever.

They really are proving to be one of the most consistent bands ever.

Austin, Thursday, 2 March 2017 04:28 (one month ago) Permalink

"Gone Gone Gone" does give a nod to the Crazy Rhythms sound. Another fun idea would be for them to record all the other covers they've been known for over the years.

So glad to have the Feelies back in such magical form. And I still like and listen to all the albums. Below are a couple more things I've written about them. The live review of the Lou Reed tour was pre-web, for my school paper. The second time I saw them, 20 years later, was a free show on a shimmering summer evening at the Frank Gehry designed Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. It was even better, as they had the headlining spot with the time to do 18 songs, including a cover of R.E.M.'s "Carnival Of Sorts," and I finally got to hear them do "What Goes On" after they chickened out doing it when opening for Reed.

The Feelies And Lou Reed Make History At The Orpheum
Feelies – Crazy Rhythms & The Good Earth

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 2 March 2017 14:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Was that the Orpheum in Boston? I saw that same show in Detroit, at the State Theater I think. I really liked the Feelies but was pretty drunk by the time Lou Reed played and almost got beaten up for throwing an empty beer cup.

henry s, Thursday, 2 March 2017 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Is there a thread for bands whose most iconic record is their first one, but which is also stylistically an outlier in their catalog?

yeah, now

Bands whose most iconic record is their first one, but which is also stylistically an outlier in their catalog

frogbs, Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

No, Minneapolis.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Good call on Gone Gone Gone. A little more treble and a little faster and it's definitely first album stuff.

dlp9001, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:39 (one month ago) Permalink

and they've even expressed some regret about those choices. I'm sure they don't think it sounds bad, I think they just feel like at the time they didn't want to sound too punk but in my discussions with them there was a sense that it was too bad they weren't able to release something as powerful as their live sound.

That's crazy talk. Their experiments in plugging unamped guitars directly into the soundboard were brilliant, and one of the big reasons it's such a unique classic. I think an attempt to capture their live power would have failed, like most bands.

Also crazy are all the band's side projects that are such reclusive wallflowers they literally disappear into the wallpaper. Case in point, Speed The Plough. I love their albums, but I had no f-ing idea they released a new album, Now in 2015, until I stumbled upon it on their site - http://www.speedtheplough.com/. It's not on RYM, not on Spotify, not on Bandcamp. Wild Carnation is also very under the radar.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 4 March 2017 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I just bought a ticket for Saturday July 15 Pitchfork. Feelies are playing with PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen and A Tribe Called Quest that day.

Friday April 28 - Rent Party* at The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ
Saturday April 29 - World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
Friday May 12 - Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday May 13 - Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY
Saturday July 15 - Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Sunday July 16 - El Club, Detroit MI

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 11 March 2017 18:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Cool

Got Your Money Changes Everything (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 March 2017 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I might see the Philly show. I saw 'em in 2011 at World Cafe Live and 2013 at Union Transfer, both great shows.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 12 March 2017 00:08 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Nice piece by Rick Moody and a great interview with Demeski and Weckerman (incl. a Sauter-penned addendum) here: http://therumpus.net/2017/04/swinging-modern-sounds-79-the-rhythm-section-speaks/
(Demeski would like to play Europe again, I (and a lot of others) would like them to come over again but I don't think it'll ever happen)

willem, Friday, 7 April 2017 11:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

boy this record is great.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 17 April 2017 02:48 (one week ago) Permalink


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