I know absolutely nothing about The Feelies except I have a 12″ record with the song “Paint It Black” on it and it’s fantastic. Here’s a little info I got about them from Wikipedia:

The Feelies were a rock band from Haledon, New Jersey. They formed in 1976 and disbanded in 1992. They frequently played at Maxwell’s, a live music venue and bar restaurant in Hoboken in the 1980s. Their first album, Crazy Rhythms (Stiff Records, 1980) was cited by R.E.M. as a major influence. The Feelies rarely worked with outside producers and created shimmering soundscapes with multiple guitar layers that sounded unique compared to the punk/new wave atmosphere of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their name is taken from Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, in which “the feelies” are a medium of entertainment in theaters where all of one’s senses are involved, not merely vision.

This song was recorded live at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA on June 26, 1991.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2007/20071107/Feelies-PaintItBlack.mp3|titles=Paint It Black (Live)|artists=The Feelies]
Download: The Feelies – Paint It Black (Live)


  1. Great post, can’t believe you haven’t heard of the Feelies. One of my favorites of the late 80’s, their first Album (Crazy Rhythms) was picked as one of the 100 best albums of the 80’s by Rolling Stone or Spin or one of the other useless mags. They were great fun to see live.

    Thanks for this, it is great.

  2. The Feelies were a great band. Tons of Feelies and Feelies related bands stuff have been posted on dime a dozen

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