The Feelies - "Dancing Barefoot"
New Jersey's the Feelies were once dubbed "The Best Underground Band in New York." by the Village Voice. Named after Aldous Huxley's "Feelies" (virtual reality movies with a sense of touch as well as sight and hearing), from his book "Brave New World", the Feelies released their first record, "Crazy Rhythms" on the legendary Stiff records label in 1980. After splitting up and working on other projects like the Willies and the Trypes, they regrouped and recorded "The Good Earth" (Coyote) in 1986 with Peter Buck of R.E.M.co-producing. Soon they appeared in the high school reunion scene in Jonathan Demme's film "Something Wild". A&M released the follow-up, "Only Life" in 1988, followed by "Time for a Witness" in 1991, but on July 5 of that year the Feelies played their final show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ.
Their excellent cover of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" appeared on various promotional singles and as a Flexi disc given away with BOB magazine. Thanks to Bud Verge for the Flexi and the song.
The Feelies were initially high school buddies Bill Million - guitar, vocals and Glenn Mercer - guitar, vocal, along with John J. - bass and Dave Weckerman - bass, percussion. Later Keith Clayton - bass and Vinny Denunzio - drums and later still Anton Fier - drums, Brenda Sauter - bass and Stan Demeski - drums. Almost everybody continued to record with various bands.
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