Monday, January 24, 2005

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 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.

For more Feelies details visit this excellent Feelies site.

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Go to the download page to get The Feelies - "Dancing Barefoot"


Blogger Alexander said...

thanks for that phantastic stmospheric feelies song. almost dreampop. never heard the original. i love it when blogs point me back to bands i haven't listened to for a while. i put on crazy rhythms on my stereo. let's see if i will have the time to listen to the other two feelies cds as well tonight. btw i think leaving only the last song online is a great idea. i will check your blog more regularly from now on. unfortunately i missed the game theory track though...

2:27 PM  
Blogger brendan said...

I never knew the Feelies covered this, thanks a lot for posting it.

8:12 AM  
Blogger japanesegodjesusrobot said...

Thanks for posting this. Like the previous user who left a comment, I also had no idea they covered this. I think I'm gonna put on "Crazy Rhythms" when I get home tonight. I wish I'd brought it to work today.

11:16 AM  
Blogger idleheart said...

yay! the feelies rule
i was searching for an email but couldn't find one,
i just wanted to let you know i'm adding you to my links, i've recently started an mp3 blog myself and i really love what you're doing with your site.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

great post, sweet find.

brave new world is an excellent book.

12:23 PM  

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