While the Feelies aren’t really my bag, a friend requested this one from my collection, so here ya go, chappy! Trouser Press sez:
These New Jerseyites are the stuff of legend and cults. Led by guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million (originally featuring future avant-star drummer Andy Fisher, aka Anton Fier), the Feelies dressed like nerdy preppies and paid only passing attention to the conventional demands of rock’n’roll. Even during the original band’s period of highest visibility, for example, live dates in New York tended to be infrequent and often fell on holidays.
In the mid-’80s, Million and Mercer reactivated the Feelies as a fulltime band with Demeski, bassist Brenda Sauter (also from the Trypes) and percussionist Dave Weckerman. The Feelies finally released their second album, co-produced by Pete Buck, in 1986. “The Good Earth” approaches folk music with its light, airy feel and acoustic guitars, but intensity and obsession lurk near the intricately woven surfaces; slashing leads occasionally pierce the atmospheric tapestry. Million and Mercer display their taut control even as they’re strumming away madly in rapturous acceleration; the quiet sections are extraordinarily beautiful. When their voices join for spirited harmonies, you know it was worth the wait.
Turning to another media, the high school reunion scenes in Jonathan Demme’s “Something Wild” show the Feelies (credited as the Willies) performing shards of five songs, including “I’m a Believer,” “Crazy Rhythms” and “Fame,” with tentative Bowiesque lead vocals by Weckerman.