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Editors’ Notes

This groundbreaking 1980 debut by New Jersey’s the Feelies ranks high among the “important” records from the collective post-punk oeuvre. Carefully and brilliantly remastered here, it will astound and delight discerning ears who are discovering — or perhaps rediscovering — a phenomenal recording that took the raw-nerve aesthetic of punk rock and tempered it with jangly, high-speed guitars and precise, heart-racing percussion. Clearly influenced by the Velvet Underground, these four nerdy-looking young men inspired a generation of indie-pop wannabes with tunes that were relentlessly catchy and sometimes darkly foreboding at the same time. From the first tentative woodblock notes on the jumpy “Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness” to the live-wire guitar strumming and warpath tom-toms of the title track (originally the last track of the set), Crazy Rhythms will live on for decades as a touchstone of a slow-moving musical revolution. The bonus tracks are stellar, one being a demo and the other a live take on an early Modern Lovers classic (another clear influence on the band).

Customer Reviews

Great album... so influential!!!

Music speaks for itself... But anyone like how Weezer ripped off their album cover?!

Saw them live when I was in college at Florida State U. WOW

We all know they where (are?) a great band. If you watch the movie Something Wild, they are the band playing in the high school reunion. Ironic that the movie was mainly shot in and around Tallahasse FL.

One more of that needs to be on here is "Only Life" Too me its their best work.




Formed: 1977 in Hoboken, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Of the countless bands to emerge from the New York City underground during the post-punk era, few if any were as unique and influential as the Feelies; nerdy, nervous, and noisy, even decades later their droning, skittering avant-garde pop remains a key touchstone of the American indie music scene. Named in reference to Aldous Huxley's paranoid classic Brave New World, the Feelies formed in 1976 in suburban Haledon, NJ, where singers/guitarists Bill Million and Glenn Mercer first met while in high...
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