this thread is for reaffirming the classicness of the feelies' crazy rhythms (do not read if you hate the feelies' crazy rhythms)

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Very few albums top this one for me. The gestalt, the era, the Stiff Records connection, the drums (the rhythms are crazy!!), the way the most basic sus2s and repeating patterns are made to sound tricky and impressive when layered and played fast, the way Feelies-"fast" is just agitated midtempo, the Richmanesque snotty/blase vox, the quiet build-ups, "Paint It, Black" and "Everybody's Got Something to Hide" (pedestrian choices but I don't mind, do you?), and though it'd be really easy to look back in 2003 and describe this as quintessential North/Central Jersey sarcastic bootgazer pubtwang, I can't think of a pre-1980 Jersey record that sounds anything like it.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:29 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't think "Everybody's Got Somthing to Hide..." is a pedestrian choice at all. I mean, "Revolution"/"Back in the USSR"/"Helter Skelter"....those would've been the pedestrian choices.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:38 (eighteen years ago) link

If you want to hear an '80s NJ band profoundly inspired by the Feelies, seek out Spiral Jetty's first two albums, Tour of Homes and Art's Sand Bar (shouldn't be hard to find in used bins statewide). Million & Mercer actually produced Tour of Homes.

mike a (mike a), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, but Million and Mercer also spent the following years gradually turning into Tom Petty.

Crazy Rhythms is ace. I'd like thoughts on a random question actually: who thinks you can dance to it?

nabisco (nabisco), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:43 (eighteen years ago) link

Pogo, maybe.

mike a (mike a), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:48 (eighteen years ago) link

I love Crazy Rhythms very much indeed, and *of course* you can dance to it. Just not well.

The record I associate most closely with CR is The Bongos' "Time And The River". My question is: if I have all of the Bongos records on Fetish, are there any others I should consider? Didn't they lose *that* quality at some point?

Tim (Tim), Monday, 13 January 2003 17:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Are all the Fetish tracks on _Drums Along The Hudson_? That's the Bongos' masterpiece. There are a few moments here and there on _#s With Wings_ and _Beat Hotel_, but both lack _Drums_' very specific ethereal mystery.

Barone and Mastro also made a worthy duo (as opposed to solo) album called _Nuts and Bolts_. The Barone tracks are almost the equal of _Drums'_ best work. The Mastro tracks have their charms, but many of the lyrics embarrass today ("want to see your mountains and dig your rocks/got an angel in my pocket").

Growing up in nowheresville Central NJ in the early '80s, the Feelies and Bongos made me proud to be a Garden State resident. They're still two of my all-time favorite bands.

mike a (mike a), Monday, 13 January 2003 18:08 (eighteen years ago) link

I said 'Oh'!!!

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 13 January 2003 18:13 (eighteen years ago) link

I loooooooooooove this album!

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 13 January 2003 18:14 (eighteen years ago) link

I think there's at least a major overlap between TATR and DATH, Mike. I would probably end up taking TATR because it's the one I know and I just adore that mini-LP format (and the cover of TATR is just great too).

Thanks Mike for the advice on the rest.

Tim (Tim), Monday, 13 January 2003 18:19 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't know...I really like all four of The Feelies albums. They were alot more intense live. The time I saw them play, they were great.

It is a shame that The Feelies other three albums are not in print these days.

I haven't heard much of any of their other groups or records other than one Wake Oolio record I played a couple of times back when I had a radio show when I was in college.

earlnash, Tuesday, 14 January 2003 00:23 (eighteen years ago) link

I need to hear this album again but I usually love it deeply. I still have a soft spot for Time For A Witness too. Was definitely in my top ten faves from high school on but it HAS been awhile...

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 02:10 (eighteen years ago) link

absolute classic! "loveless love" and "moscow nights", they never did anything like those songs again, though i love the "only life" album also. (but that's mainly because of spending the summer of '89 in trains and cities across switzerland and france with that tape in my walkman)

willem (willem), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 09:35 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...
I listened to "crazy rhythms" last night, after a long time. its such a great great great album...but currently out of print, at least here in europe!
anyone knows if some label is going to reissue their stuff? (...possibly with bonus and live tracks - i never heard them in a live context).

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Thursday, 19 January 2006 14:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Brought the vinyl copy of this album down from Scotland after listening to it for the 1st time in years - FANTASTIC ALBUM!!!!

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Dada), Thursday, 19 January 2006 14:53 (fifteen years ago) link

word on the street is the Feelies are working with Bar None on reissuing their catalog.

Don't forget the other albums! I actually prefer the Good Earth...depending on my mood.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 19 January 2006 15:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I wish more of today's 80s-obsessed bands would copy The Feelies.

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 19 January 2006 15:36 (fifteen years ago) link

That's good news. Any idea when to expect them? (I stupidly sold Crazy Rhythms years ago - I was broke - and it's so expensive right now.) Yeah, I prefer Good Earth most days though, too.

TRG (TRG), Thursday, 19 January 2006 15:37 (fifteen years ago) link

"Raised Eyebrows" is seriously, seriously awesome. So's CR, but yeah. Anyone ever hear the Big Black version?

ZR (teenagequiet), Thursday, 19 January 2006 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm still praying for a boxed-set with tons of live and unreleased and all the music that they did for the movie Smithereens. i know, but i can dream, can't i???!!!!

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:01 (fifteen years ago) link

"Yeah, but Million and Mercer also spent the following years gradually turning into Tom Petty."

Nabisco, so NOT OTM!


(not that there is anything wrong with tom petty)

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:02 (fifteen years ago) link

"i'm still praying for a boxed-set with tons of live and unreleased and all the music that they did for the movie Smithereens. i know, but i can dream, can't i???!!!!"

so do I. I always read raving reviews of their live shows, with all those great covers, and I just hope someone will finally release all their back catalogue. (in a rather pathetic move, I bought the "Something wild " dvd just to see them play for 30 seconds...)

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, that Nabisco comment was monumentally WRONG!

I was recently wondering why someone hasn't resurrected the Feelies sound circa Crazy Rhythms. I play in a weird cover band that does "The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness", and chances are the people we play in front of have never heard it before, but they dig it. They don't really dig it when we do "Lady Godiva's Operation" though.

Time For A Witness is a truly underrated record.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Feelies vs. Television?

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:15 (fifteen years ago) link

"Yeah, but Million and Mercer also spent the following years gradually turning into Tom Petty."

i don't hear that AT ALL. their sound is so introverted and seemingly unconcerned with "reaching out" to any particular demographic.

stockholm cindy (winter version) (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:21 (fifteen years ago) link

word on the street is the Feelies are working with Bar None on reissuing their catalog.

thank fucking god, and bout fucking time.

stockholm cindy (winter version) (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:23 (fifteen years ago) link

i saw them live a bunch and they were ALWAYS amazing. live all those songs just became 100X more thrilling (and i LOVE the records). i used to have a great bootleg of a live new york show where mercer(i think, it's been awhile) starts to get sick(!!) in the middle of a song and runs off stage. so they did the rest of the show without him without missing a beat. priceless looks on everyone else's faces! (i wish i still had it. sold it for a pittance, i'm sure.)

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Feelies vs. Television?

I'd probably take Feelies most days. I love Television but am more often in the mood for Feelies.

TRG (TRG), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:28 (fifteen years ago) link

ok, so maybe not Tom Petty, but still! who/what can explain their shift from cool-speed-"downtown"--to the mellow "suburban?" sound of their later lps? anton fier's role?

nerve pylon (flat_of_angles), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:33 (fifteen years ago) link

"i saw them live a bunch and they were ALWAYS amazing. live all those songs just became 100X more thrilling (and i LOVE the records)"

everybody keeps telling me so and I'm fucking jealous of all of you.
also, about their later albums: they are so unpretentious, subtle, simple without being simplistic. they had this marvellous, almost ascetic understatement. and songs like "deep fascination", "invitation", "find a way" are just so good.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:38 (fifteen years ago) link

"ok, so maybe not Tom Petty, but still! who/what can explain their shift from cool-speed-"downtown"--to the mellow "suburban?" sound of their later lps? anton fier's role?"

Age, I guess. And maybe a little bit of disappointment.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:39 (fifteen years ago) link

"disappointment"? say more...

nerve pylon (flat_of_angles), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:40 (fifteen years ago) link

and maybe the fact that they spent less time "downtown" and were a suburban band!

I've been dying to hear the early live "punk" Feelies stuff, and would assume that compared to that stuff, Crazy Rhythms already shows them moving in a different direction.

But I stand by the belief that, at least with the Good Earth, the structure, the energy, the sound, the aesthethic, isn't as different from Crazy Rhythms as most people assume, it's just a slight shift in the arrangement.

Let's hear it for the Trypes EP and the Yung Wu record as well. I've been looking for the Dave Weckerman solo 7" of Shore Leave for a while...I think you can still order Young Wu and maybe Good Earth as CD-rs from Coyote/TwinTone.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:45 (fifteen years ago) link

crazy rhythms is super classic...never heard the good earth though.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm a mutant I guess... I always preferred It's Only Life...

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I was listening to Raised Eyebrows as I saw this. Probably my favorite song on Crazy Rhythms. Very underrated Feelies song.

Cunga (Cunga), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:48 (fifteen years ago) link

i never listened to that yung wu album that much when i had it years ago. if i see it around i will get it. i love the wake ooloo album i have though! i put off buying one for so long (i don't know why) and now i want more.

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:49 (fifteen years ago) link

I remember one gig, opening at CBs (they were always opening at CBs), where they were pounding away one one droning chord. Mercer broke a string. They paused for five minutes for him to replace it. Then went right back to pounding away on that same chord.

Sang Freud (jeff_s), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:51 (fifteen years ago) link

"I'm a mutant I guess... I always preferred It's Only Life..."

i like the good earth as much as it's only life. i always kinda seperate the first album from everything else. they are all great.

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:51 (fifteen years ago) link

if i remember well, the first line-up imploded after problems with the label, basically caused by the lack of commercial success of CR - this despite the good reviews and philip glass interested in producing their second album (or so i read somewhere a million of years ago).
the feelies mk II never seemed really interested in having a "real" career in music - the rejection of their earlier urban sound in favour of the "rural" one of "The good earth" tastes (at least to me) like a retreat in a safer, more comfortable territory.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:51 (fifteen years ago) link

which also coincided w/ the rise of american guitar bands on college radio--REM, et al--right?

nerve pylon (flat_of_angles), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

who/what can explain their shift from cool-speed-"downtown"--to the mellow "suburban?"

They're from New Jersey. They weren't chic downtown cool hipsters; they were dorks from across the river. They were a populist band, whether they were successful at it or not (see Something Wild).

wild xpost

mcd (mcd), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:01 (fifteen years ago) link

The Yung Wu album isn't quite as great...but it's certainl "feelies-esque"! The first song, Shore Leave, had been released as a single by Weckerman years before, in 1980 or so, and is a great song. I need that ASAP.

I don't think the later stuff, or at least the Good Earth, is necessarily "safer", some of it as angstful as Crazy Rhythms, maybe it's just a bit more subtle, and a bit more acoustic. Otherwise I think the songs aren't that different. But it's also the production...Crazy Rhythms being marked by much electric guitar played direct, whereas Peter Buck's production of the Good Earth is more conventional.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:01 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't find the Yung Wu album. Been sort of looking for a while.

Dan your comments re: the Good Earth are OTM. I thought it was just a sort of more acoustic/more straight forward Crazy Rhythms. It doesn't have the immediacy of youth, but it does have the warmth of experience.

Fantastic.

mcd (mcd), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:04 (fifteen years ago) link

you are OTM re: the production on the Good Earth. i just miss all that hyper midrange-y clatter!

i have that Shore Leave 7" (autographed, even!) somewhere...

nerve pylon (flat_of_angles), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Peter Buck has cited Crazy Rhythms as a major influence on early R.E.M., so, in a sense, the Feelies could have been looking toward that mid-80's college radio scene they arguably helped spawn. Coming full circle and reaping the rewards, so to speak. And, of course, they hired Buck to "produce" The Good Earth (though I wonder how much of that record the band actually produced themselves).

I'd guess that if the Feelies had remained together and recorded an album or two between CR and TGE, the difference between the two may not have seemed so glaring.

James, Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:08 (fifteen years ago) link

i coulda sworn i had a 12 inch single from thegood earth. but i can't remember what the single was or what the b-side was. am i crazy?

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

I fucking love the Feelies. This band deserves the reish treatment moreso than a good portion of bands who've already had it.

mcd (mcd), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

i saw feelies open up for rem once. guess who i liked better that night.

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:10 (fifteen years ago) link

I can finally actually own this! I lost my burned copy so long ago...

jonathan - stl, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 04:27 (thirteen years ago) link

so there's nothing extra on this? HMMM.

tylerw, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 04:29 (thirteen years ago) link

This record is greatness. The story I heard was that they'd plugged guitars directly into the mixing board, instead of recording them through miked amps, to get the crisp dry constant tone that's all over this record. Can anyone confirm?

Paint It Black on here has always bugged me. It shouldn't have been tacked on, it's from a later period, is mixed much louder than the rest and doesn't sound like it belongs, kind of sabotages the end of the CD.

dad a, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 04:53 (thirteen years ago) link

agreed, I would never wanna hear that after the glorious end of this record.

sleeve, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 05:24 (thirteen years ago) link

i saw the feelies open for rem @ the felt forum (LOL), must've been 87 or so. they were a little dull, and rem were ok until someone got smei-crushed because people were crowding the stage and michael stipe left in a huff. that's pretty much the moment i stopped giving a shit about rem.

gershy, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 06:12 (thirteen years ago) link

semi

gershy, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 06:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I was at that show and in that pit! REM did a cover of Set Me Free that was pretty sweet. But confirming your take that the Feelies were dull that night I had totally forgotten that they were the openers. Weirdly I was more impressed watching Yung Wu do a few songs off Crazy Rhythms a couple years later.

dad a, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 06:48 (thirteen years ago) link

wau, small world. the Felt Forum is like the greatest venue name of all time.

gershy, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 07:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, dad a, I believe they did record the guitars that way.

xxxpost

One thing I love about this album is the liner notes, the way they painstakingly itemize every instrument used and who-played-what. Anal folks like myself LOVE having all that information at their fingertips.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 07:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks MVB! (So gershy, I suppose you're not in love with Felt Forum's current rebranding as the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden?)

dad a, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 07:51 (thirteen years ago) link

oh, i haven't lived in nyc for years, last i heard it was the paramount. aren't there plans to build another msg a few blocks over?

gershy, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 07:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Listened to it today! "Raised Eyebrows" ftw!

Cunga, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 08:02 (thirteen years ago) link

That's news to me gershy. The Felt Forum Feelies/REM show was the only one I ever saw at MSG so I can't say I'd feel sentimental about the loss, especially since the place was so square they handed out Stagebill-type programs before the show, listing an unimaginably bad season lineup of concerts, just to make it clear that good shows were the exception and not the rule.

The cover art to Crazy Rhythms is like a perfect arty counterpoint to the Ramones NYC-brick-building four-on-a-wall debut.

I lived in Montclair for a year and got pretty excited to find that there's a record store called Crazy Rhythms in Verona. My excitement instantly evaporated when I asked the proprietor if there was any connection and he made clear that no, he didn't care for the Feelies or about them. Do not shop there.

dad a, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 08:42 (thirteen years ago) link

here's an awe-inducing clip of the feelies performing crazy rhythms in 1980

m coleman, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 10:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I've got the old CD - is there much difference between that and this reissue? Any plans to reissue the later albums? I need The Good Earth as well.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 10:55 (thirteen years ago) link

i havent listend to this awesome record for too long.
now it's time.

Zeno, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

The Feelies are probably my all-time favorite live band, but I can definitely see them losing something in an arena setting.

mike a, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 16:17 (thirteen years ago) link

i saw an rem/feelies arena show at that time in...connecticut, i think. and feelies were great. not nearly loud enough, obviously. but they were definitely into it. saw them open for lou at the tower in philly and that venue was AWESOME for them. smaller, but still really big and the sound was great.

scott seward, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 16:21 (thirteen years ago) link

i was really hoping they would bust out what goes on or something at that lou show, but nothing doing.

scott seward, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Saw them three times — all amazing shows. Last time was at the Blue Pelican in Newport (which, before it closed down, was the ONLY reason ever to venture into that lame city, besides the folk and jazz fests) with the late, great Boston band Lifeboat opening. They all jammed on "What Goes On," which was also in Lifeboat's repertoire.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 16:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Crazy Rhythms was in Montclair but closed years ago.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 16:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I was there last June. From my one visit I gathered that it's the same guy running it, same store name (he named it after the jazz standard), just moved further up Bloomfield Ave to a hole in the wall in Verona.

dad a, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:04 (thirteen years ago) link

the old cd is incredibly quiet. anyone have the vinyl?

artdamages, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:24 (thirteen years ago) link

i have the vinyl. sounds fab.

scott seward, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:28 (thirteen years ago) link

art, is your CD on Line Records? I know a lot of people with gripes about their dB's reissues.

dad a, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:29 (thirteen years ago) link

er, i have old vinyl. there was a vinyl reissue, wasn't there? mine's on Stiff.

scott seward, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

all my feelies is on vinyl. i need a copy of the last album though. maybe i'll break down and buy a 20 dollar cd on amazon. i had the tape, but it got lost.

scott seward, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:38 (thirteen years ago) link

a&m i think (xpost)

artdamages, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:38 (thirteen years ago) link

and i do wanna get the new glenn mercer cd too.

i haven't heard time for a witness in so long it will be like having a new feelies album!

scott seward, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:40 (thirteen years ago) link

best thing about time for a witness is the reversed photo in the cd booklet that makes everyone in the band look like a lefty. that warms my lefthanded heart every time i see it.

second best thing is the la's-esque pop of "doin' it again."

but as feelies albums go, it's very meh.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

i remember being really excited when it came out, but i didn't play the tape much.

seriously, if there are feelies fans who don't own wake ooloo's hear no evil, they should buy it. i love that album. i'm ashamed to say that i don't own the other two wake albums. i'll get around to it, i swear!

scott seward, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

i dunno, i'll rep for Time For A Witness -- definitely the most straight-ahead of the Feelies records, but it has a great guitar sound and some nice tunes. But I love everything those guys have done. they should be headlining coachella, amirite? Anybody else pick up the Glenn Mercer solo CD last year? It might have a bit more of a "Feelies" sound than the Wake Ooloo stuff. More subdued than anything else he's done but pretty nice all the way through ... any news on them putting out the pre-Crazy Rhythms stuff mentioned upthread? PLEEEEZE.

tylerw, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 18:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Great band, and one of the most consistently listenable, too. There's rarely a time when they don't fit the mood or setting.

All four records are strong, I can't even pick a favorite.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 18:04 (thirteen years ago) link

hay i just ripped my cd so i can listen on the computer. it was a conicendece

the galena free practitioner, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 20:29 (thirteen years ago) link

and what about the Smithereens soundtrack!

I first heard about / saw part of this film last week. Here is one of many notable things about it: at the very end, the van is occupied by a bunch of hookers, among whom is a tranny hooker played by a young Chris Noth.

So if anyone ever challenges you to a degrees-of-separation thing where you have to get from Sarah Jessica Parker to Richard Hell in one move, there you go

nabisco, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 20:33 (thirteen years ago) link

The Glenn Mercer album is pretty good, though not on the level of The Feelies at their best or Yung Wu. I kind of like the cover of Within You Without You/Love You To. It's on emusic.

dlp9001, Thursday, 24 January 2008 00:43 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

This album didn't make any sense to me until I played it EXTREMELY LOUD and fairly drunk. Then it became one of my favorite albums ever.

I always recommend this to people who like Marquee Moon, though to me Crazy Rhythms > Marquee Moon by a nose

When the hell is that deluxe vinyl reissue deal supposed to be coming out???

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 23 March 2008 01:17 (twelve years ago) link

see here for that news plus exciting reunion news:

the feelies - classic or dud?

sleeve, Sunday, 23 March 2008 01:20 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

just posted a Crazy Rhythms-era live show over on the blog: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/ so good

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 13:52 (eleven years ago) link

playing this live in September at ATP of course :-)

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:15 (eleven years ago) link

GRRRRR!!!!

Marco Damiani, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:30 (eleven years ago) link

haha, yeah, that's how I feel. wonder how it'll sound? probably great, but it didn't seem like they played all that much off of Crazy Rhythms during the reunion shows last year -- just the title track and "Raised Eyebrows" I think ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:38 (eleven years ago) link

Tyler, you have the best blog. Thank you. More feelies!

I seriously considered making a pilgrimage to maxwell's with Mrs. Staggerlee for those shows. Alas, do not have an extra $2000 lying around.

ALAS.

staggerlee, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 01:17 (eleven years ago) link

awesome, tylerw, thank you

i went for a run that lasted the duration of 'crazy rhythms' not long ago. i found it exhausting

thomp, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 01:31 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

http://www.tomwarren.com/music/images/feelies_30.jpg
crazy rhythms recording sessions! more here:
http://www.tomwarren.com/music/Feelies.html

tylerw, Monday, 3 October 2011 22:38 (nine years ago) link

good lord, this band was/is(?) perfect.

chromecassettes, Monday, 3 October 2011 22:44 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

nothing here that hasn't circulated previously, but a cool way to approach the pre-Crazy Rhythms years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HjrcAhmH_U

tylerw, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

I was dancing round the shop when I found the Stiff "Crazy Rhythms" in our local Oxfam for £2, early last year.

Mark G, Friday, 15 January 2021 08:13 (one week ago) link

those ork records version of fa ce la and forces at work are so good

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 15 January 2021 13:07 (one week ago) link

I think of this record sort of like Wire's Pink Flag - an atypical debut whose style they never exactly returned to.

I saw them opening for Lou Reed in 1989, and if they were not the best band I've ever seen live, they were certainly the best whose music I didn't know before seeing them. They covered "Dancing Barefoot" as someone mentioned above, and either said nothing or no more than "thanks" to the audience.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 15 January 2021 16:10 (one week ago) link


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