by Kevin Cole
To paraphrase the band Pavement, bands are reuniting each and every day… (Hey, even the band I just paraphrased!) But one of the reunions I’ve been most excited about is seeing New Jersey legends The Feelies back together.
Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, The Feelies did indeed enter the new world of the post-punk New York music scene, standing out with their frenetic, jangly sound, and getting named “The Best Underground Band in New York” by the Village Voice back in 1978.
Sadly, they fell apart in the early 90’s, but fans rejoiced when The Feelies took the stage again after seventeen years on Fourth of July 2008, and the fireworks haven’t stopped as they’ve continued to play shows around the New York area since then, including an appearance at last month’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival where they performed their 1980 debut album Crazy Rhythms in its entirety.
And this week on the Afternoon Show, I’ll be giving away copies of that album, along with their second album, The Good Earth! Both releases were re-issued by the label Bar/None Records last month, after being out-of-print for over a decade. Winners will also receive a re-pressing of their debut 7″ single “Fa-Ce-La,” originally released in 1979.
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