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Crazy Rhythms [Digipak]

  • 1. Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness, The
    2. Fa C-La
    3. Loveless Love
    4. Forces At Work
    5. Original Love
    6. Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except For Me and My Monkey)
    7. Moscow Nights
    8. Raised Eyebrows
    9. Crazy Rhythms
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BRNCD196

  • Credits
    EngineerBrooke Delarco; James Bonnefond; Tom Lazarus

    The Feelies: Bill Million, Glenn Mercer (vocals, guitar); Keith Clayton (bass); Anton Fier (drums).
    Producers: The Feelies, Mark Abel.
    Personnel: Glenn Mercer, Bill Million (vocals, guitar, percussion); Keith DeNunzio (vocals, percussion); Anton Fier (percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Jim DeRogatis.
    Photographers: Lynne Pickering; Diane Repp; Laura Levine.
    Bristling with that other often youthful sort of energy (nervous as opposed to sexual), the Feelies' CRAZY RHYTHMS is an overlooked/underrated masterpiece. The album is marked by Glen Mercer and Bill Million's furiously strummed guitars (both acoustic and electric), and propelled forward with some of the most primitive--yet outstanding--drumming since Moe Tucker, courtesy of Anton Fier. Off-kilter covers of the Beatles ("Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except Me and My Monkey)") and the Rolling Stones ("Paint it Black," available only on the CD version) posit the New Jersey-based Feelies as a Garden State analog to Devo, while elsewhere the band excels at a taut, jittery nerd-pop that is invitingly their own. The title-track, however, is the album's masterpiece, and finds the band riding a six-minute-plus wave of Velvety hyperactive jangle-rock bifurcated by a brilliant rhythm break based on a minimalist, gloriously repetitive bass and drum pattern. It's an anthem for the awkward and confused, and a sterling example of the very best the American musical underground had to offer in the era following punk's initial blast. Crazy indeed.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.98) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "RHYTHMS remains an indie-rock landmark..."
    Spin (p.86) - "CRAZY RHYTHMS sounded as modern as early Talking Heads."
    Spin - Included in Spin's list of the Top Ten College Cult Classics - "..This semi-obscure chestnut...influenced everyone from R.E.M. to...the last Feelies album, which was also great."
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