The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms

ARTIST: The Feelies             220px-The_Feelies_Crazy_Rhythms

TITLE:  Crazy Rhythms

YEAR RELEASED: 1980

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Fa Ce La

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover a Beatles track

LINEUP: Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Anton Fier, Keith De Nunzio

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An anachronistic record for the punk-rock era, emphasizing percussion and jangling, clean guitar sounds. It became very influential as time went on.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: One thing you notice about this album is the silence. You wonder if the track has really started, or if there’s a problem with the disc or the stream. But the silence and the space, the fade-ups and then the onslaught of percussion and jangle all work well in setting up and relieving tension through the album.

The Feelies’ debut was really kind of out there for the time. Lots of drums and percussion with clean and complex rhythms, guitars that emphasized chords and progressions instead of power barre chords, and songs with obtuse lyrics and references. But anachronism was more punk than what had become of punk rock at that time, though the Feelies would never be considered a punk rock band.

REM was very influenced by this album, along with other like-minded New Wave stars of the 80’s. It was never destined to sell, but to this day those that know and get it, love it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Keith DeNunzio was originally credited as Keith Clayton on the album.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a couple of live cuts and b-sides from later incarnations of the band.

GRADE: A: None of the songs are straightforward, but all get to where they need to go.

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