New Jersey guitar practitioners the Feelies quietly made one of the best albums of the late 1970s with this now classic debut. It finds the band at their most jittery with stop start (crazy) rhythms and the superb twin guitar work of Glen Mercer and Bill Million. Later albums had a more pastoral, college rock feel but this is them at their earliest and most raw. If you like Talking Heads and Television then check this one out.
Vinyl LP £16.49 REWIGLP65
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Oh my god oh my god. First up re-issues of one of my favourite albums of all time. I was a naive 16 year old when I escaped from a horrific family holiday at Center Parcs to travel to Cambridge in order to seek out record shops. In one of them I purchased a vinyl copy of an album by The Feelies. I'd read that they were a kind of halfway house between the Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, the Modern Lovers and REM and once I got it home I wasn't disappointed. Almost 20 years later out of nowhere Domino have decided to re-issue the first two albums by this legendary band and its a shock to hear how incredible they sound.
Their first album the aptly named 'Crazy Rhythms' was released in 1980 and is a bundle of nervous energy. The edgy yet melodic songs have a minimalist approach in that not a chord is wasted and the songs are allowed to build and breathe. The guitars are strummy and dry, vocals are somewhere between Lou Reed and Ian Curtis - a deep dark delivery, half spoken, half sung. The wonderful 'Loveless Love' (later covered by The Field Mice) is probably one of the finest examples of minimalism as an art form within the pop structure. Yet they are also capable of 3 minutes of pure guitar pop music such as the fabulous 'Original Love' - an adrenaline rush of guitar strums so ecstatic that there's nothing else left for me to do but throw myself out the window with utter glee. 'Raised Eyebrows' is another Feelies classic- choppy drums, the usual wonderful guitar interplay, instrumental until an on rush of scattershot vocals, wonderful drumming as the song explodes into life. Fantastic stuff.
I can't recommend this record enough. It comes on CD and vinyl both with mp3 bonus tracks as to not ruin the original flow of the record. A 100% classic.
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