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Album Review

Just as the Feelies slowly dropped their indie indiosyncracies and drifted into a sadly mainstream pop sound, so goes Glen Mercer's Wake Ooloo — Stop the Ride may be more polished than the band's previous releases, but this polish lends to the development of a homey jangle that's in danger of bordering on the rustic end of bad radio fare. As unfortunate as it is to use Tom Petty's early albums as a reference to a post-Feelies project, the comparison is oddly accurate — anyone who's familiar with the Feelies will most probably want to put down Stop the Ride with a little sigh and turn back to Crazy Rhythms, the piece of absolute brilliance that none of the Feelies' later work can seem to rival.


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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