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Crazy Rhythms Original recording reissued

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, August 7, 1990
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness
  2. Fa Cé-La
  3. Loveless Love
  4. Forces At Work
  5. Original Love
  6. Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey)
  7. Moscow Nights
  8. Raised Eyebrows
  9. Crazy Rhythms
  10. Paint It Black

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Crazy Rhythms, while not one of the biggest-selling records of all time, is clearly a key source of what would come to be called "indie" or "alternative" rock in the 1980s. Granted, The Feelies had their influences, but they were inspired by these bands to innovate rather than imitate. Granted, the vocals may at times sound about as close to Lou Reed as is humanly possible, and the influence of this record can be heard in everything from early R.E.M. to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Still, The Feelies created an inimitable and completely unique sound with their 1980 debut.

Like any band formed in suburban New Jersey, The Feelies paid their dues in The Big Apple. Within a few years, the Village Voice had dubbed them "the best underground band in New York". In a town that was feeling its way through the aftermath of disco and punk, The Feelies carved a real niche for themselves. Like The Ramones, The Feelies' songs had a palpable sense of urgency to them, but they were rarely blink-and-you'll miss 'em 2-minute blasts ("Fa Ce-La" being the exception that proves the rule). Like Talking Heads, the rhythms - vocally and musically - were tense and nervous, but with a menacing quality that may have been somewhat muted in the Heads' music by their art school/world music aspirations. And while Gang of Four's album Entertainment! made the word "angular" a permanent addition to the rock criticism lexicon, Crazy Rhythms necessitated the use of the word "caffeinated". (I must look like a robot going haywire as I sit outside this coffee shop tapping along with the songs.)

Lyrically, the songs on Crazy Rhythms do not seem to be about anything.
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In 1994 this new band came out. The were completely nerdy looking with thick-framed glasses, dressed as though they were on the set of Happy Days, had quirky catchy songs, and their album cover was nothing but them looking directly into the camera with a blue background. They were called Weezer, and they were great. Unfortunately, aside from the core of their music, their formula was 14 years too late.
Rewind to 1980, five years before my birth, when four guys from New Jersey released an album that would forever be one of the most underrated albums of all time. When pressing play, do not be confused, the silence is all part of the Feelies trademark. The song that begins "The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness" is a narrative of which is fairly self-discriptive. The Feelies ARE the boys next door that didn't mow the yard and help their mother with groceries. The music is jangly and hardly abrassive, they flow smoothly yet have all the nervous aspects of a true nerds. 'Fa Ce La' is follows the same formula (as do most the songs, however this album is hardly redundant) except there is a heightened emphasis on the guitars -- which by the way are simply incredible. The next three songs 'Loveless Love', 'Forces at Work', and 'Original Love' are the highlites. 'Loveless Love' is very non-chelant in it's catchiness, 'Forces at Work' is layered complexity that sounds as though it were made by working bees, and 'Original Love' is about the closest thing to a 'normal' pop song on this record. The title track is equally great and pretty much does what it's title intends. Also the Stones/Beatles covers are top notch.
The Feelies are clearly great musicians who worked according to their own creed.
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Hoboken NJ's favorite sons, the Feelies were among of handful of east coast bands (Bush Tetras, Eight Eyed Spy,Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma being others) that were in the vanguard of the New York City's post-punk movement at the dawn of the Eighties.

This record, "Crazy Rhythms" is the only Feelies album that the notoriously difficult founders, Glenn Mercer and Bill Million exercised creative control. It was issued in 1980 on the one of the earliest indie labels, Stiff and subsequently the influence of "Crazy Rhythms" has long outlived the lifespan of the Feelies.

A lot of Mercer and Million's musical ideas about minimalism, dynamics, tonality and musical texture were seized upon by the core of musicians that comprised emerging "alternative rock" movement.

I've heard the Feelies glibly refered to as, one of the earliest alternative rock bands, but by the end of the Eighties, the "alternative" genre had become another marketing tool to sell music. Alternative music was term invented by market researchers to sell product and the Feelies hated the idea of being a consumer product. You have to understand that bands like the Feelies, Sonic Youth and Mission of Burma ridiculed conventional notions of commercial success, so it would be an act of heresy to glorify the Feelies as alternative band.

There are inevitable comparisons to Velvet Underground and Television, but much of "Crazy Rhythms" is so strikingly original it's as if the band's sound was developed in a hothouse devoid of any environmental influences.
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