[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Feelies[/lastfm] were a band that most people might not know much about now--or even back in the late '70s, when they first formed--but their first album on Stiff Records, Crazy Rhythms, influenced a generation of musicians when it was released in 1980 including bands like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]R.E.M.[/lastfm] The Feelies went through several lineup changes and under different monikers in and around New Jersey and New York. They later remerged within the mid-'80s with a more solid lineup and released what I consider the best driving album ever recorded, The Good Earth, which was co-produced by bandmembers Glenn Mercer and Bill Million with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. The group was signed to A&M records by the earlier '90s, but then disbanded. In the summer of 2008, they returned with a series of shows at their favorite venue, Maxwell's, in Hoboken, New Jersey; they also did a show at Millennium Park in Chicago in the summer of 2009. The band had been recording a new album that is now scheduled to be released in April of this year, and earlier this morning Pitchfork posted a free mp3 of the forthcoming new album Get the new song here: Get all your Feelies info here as well sample tracks from their previous records here Here's a fan made video to Two Rooms from the groups The Good Earth album [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szz7alSGOAM&w=480&h=390] They also appeared in Jonathan Demme's film Something Wild [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_9Vlh1OtB8&w=640&h=390] And here's one of my all time favorite tunes from The Good Earth , a fan made video of Slipping (Into Something) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlLGbQb4tBs&w=480&h=390] Read more Posts by Marc Alghini

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