Felt Vinyl, CD & tapes by Felt at Norman Records
Felt were the perfect art statement as rock band. 10 years. 10 albums. 10 singles. Perfect. Yet they weren't always universally loved. John Peel for one didn't care for them and only relented when their classic single 'Primitive Painters' was voted number one in his Festive Fifty countdown. What all of this meant was the band wasn't quite as big as it should have been in its lifetime.
Felt was started by Laurence (no surname was ever mentioned) in Water Orton near Birmingham. He started out making a legendary single 'Index' which was just the sound of him thrashing a guitar artlessly. It still however made Single of the Week in Sounds which gave Laurence the confidence to put a proper band together. His masterstroke was the involvement of guitar ace Maurice Deebank. Classically trained with a wonderfully fluid style, Deebank 'coloured in' Laurence's short spindly songs and the band embarked on a run of four excellent albums for Cherry Red culminating in 'Ignite the Seven Cannons' where they were joined by future Primal Scream keyboardist Martin Duffy and Cocteau Twins Robin Guthrie.
The departure of Deebank coincided with the band switching labels to Creation. Subsequent albums were more diverse with two instrumental albums one of which 'Train Above the City' bore no resemblance to anything they'd done previously. Their swansong was the slightly underwhelming 'Me and a Monkey on the Moon' for the El label before Laurence took his muse off towards 70s glamrock in first Denim and then Go Kart Mozart.
In 2017 the band's first four albums were remastered and repackaged with certain tracks being remixed and the album 'Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death' being re-titled 'The Seventeenth Century'. Laurence remains a fascinating, often unfathomable figure but as the years go by the influence of his 80s band continues to grow.