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The Feelies - "High Road"

It's like the Velvet Underground, circa The Velvet Underground, but in a really, really good mood. Or like an interested Beat Happening.

The Feelies advocate following the high road, whether moral or literal.

After brief explorations and adventures, it is time, the Feelies suggest, to return home. And that is just what they do in their music: tentative explorations and a comfortable, satisfying homecoming. The Feelies like home, and as they approach, their growing anticipation and excitement is mirrored by the increasing density of percussion: more bass drum and then shakers. Sounds like New York country.


Eno - "Needle In The Camel's Eye"

The drummer plays as if this is a normal rock song, even though he knows that it's not. The guitars are completely haywire; electric shocks flying off in all directions. Eno's voice is urgent, sprawling and multi-tracked (there are Enos everywhere).

Sounds like an out of control subway heading straight for us. "Bye bye bye."


Happy Birthday to my editor, Max Maki. You are so old, it boggles the mind.

(Note: Please send gifts via Jordan to 3622 Durocher, Apt. PHB, Montreal, QC, H2X 2E8. My birthday is on Sunday, so please keep that address. I don't want to have to repeat it.)

Posted by Jordan at November 11, 2004 4:07 AM

Thanks! I've always loved the Feelies and can rarely find any of their stuff. I bought "the Good Earth" when I was in high school - back in '87 maybe - and still have the vinyl. Great selection.

Posted by Joseph K at November 11, 2004 8:36 AM

The Feelies are great. It's been awhile, but I always used to find Feelies records used for $2, except for 'Crazy Rhythms' which usually hit $5-10. The demise of used record shops is a national tragedy -- patronize the ones that are left. Don't forget that the 1987 Yung Wu LP is essentially a Feelies record, and is also good.

For my tastes, you can't go wrong with Eno's rock-singer work, though Needle is definitely one of the high points. Those with similar appreciation are encouraged to dig up the Spoonfed Hybrid record from the early '90s. Should be another used-bin score for the kids.

Posted by wcw at November 11, 2004 10:56 AM

Holy crap! My birthday too. That's quite interesting. I wish this Max a very happy birthday as well.

Posted by Zak at November 11, 2004 12:15 PM

Brian Eno, on "Here Comes the Warm Jets"! the title track is also kind of strange as regards the drumming technique, but I'm always dragged along the dynamics of this piece (always finish humming along the guitar riff, precisely :-) )

As for "Needle...", isn't Robert Fripp providing the shards of metallic guitar on this track ? Seem to remember that from my reading the liner notes 3 yrs ago

Posted by John at November 11, 2004 12:17 PM

"Needle in the Camel's Eye" leads off the soundtrack for "Velvet Goldmine." When that movie won the Oscar for best costumes a couple of years back, Bill Conti (?) and the Academy Awards Orchestra played a string arrangement of "Needle" while the winner came up to receive the statuette. Possibly the most unexpected Eno context ever.

Posted by Touchstone at November 11, 2004 1:13 PM

Thanks! Both Eno and the Feelies are artists that my mother's got all their vinyl but I've never heard them, after the slow demise of our record player -- thanks a lot!

Posted by Alia at November 11, 2004 1:15 PM

Ah, the Feelies. I only saw them once or twice, and this would be Back In The Day; I used to play Crazy Rhythms on my college radio show, to the joy of all. Thanks!

Posted by Linus at November 11, 2004 3:33 PM

Can I marry you? It's not just to gain the Canadian citizenship that has suddenly become so desirable to many of us down here in New England, but it's so I can revel in your fabulousness for the rest of my days. I was already relishing the array of musical delicacies that you had been serving us on your musical h'ors doeuvre tray, and then came today's entry. The Feelies were a tragically underappreciated band whose songs fill me with a giddy tripping-along-in-the-sunshine-on-my-way-to-get-some-ice-cream feeling. And, as if great taste in music was not enough, your Cat Power saga was a masterful tale of self-deprecating wit. But you already knew that... And then you probably mocked yourself for already knowing that....

Posted by Petula at November 12, 2004 11:17 AM

"The weather's fine, and I feel SO so-so, so..."

For a solid three years, I skipped through this track every time I popped in Here Come The Warm Jets. I can't for the life of me figure out what was going through my head, when doing so.

Posted by Trevor Haldenby at November 14, 2004 8:04 PM

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