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Album Review

The songwriting polarity of the Feelies was always fairly clear — Glen Mercer's tracks delivered the speedy post-punk jangle and frantic monotone vocals, while Bill Million's backed off into slow atmospherics and ringing arpeggios. With Wake Ooloo's debut LP, this becomes even clearer — thankfully, Mercer backs down from the mainstream excess that hampered the final Feelies albums and returns to more muscular indie sound that marked his Feelies compositions, and Hear No Evil turns out even more appealing than certain Feelies records. There's still a slight tendency toward rustic, mainstream pop lurking behind the indie jangle, though — Mercer's songs have a tendency to bear an odd resemblance to early Tom Petty, and this unfortunate quality only burgeoned on later Wake Ooloo records. This leaves Hear No Evil as their most appealing, if least polished, record.


Formed: 1992

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Wake Ooloo was less a Feelies spin-off band and more of a temporary sequel. The Feelies, Glenn Mercer and Bill Million's on-again/off-again proto-indie pop outfit, broke up seemingly for good in late 1991, when Million moved to Florida. Though the two had led bands under that name since 1976 -- arguably the most underrated members of CBGB's class of '77 -- both were far more part of a music scene around their native Haledon, New Jersey. Mercer's musical partnership with drummer Dave Weckerman, a...
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