YouTube Saturday – The Feelies

The Feelies were one of the most important bands of the 80′s. I count myself as lucky to have seen them at Maxwells in Hoboken. There was a discussion recently on the Elbo.ws blogger forum about bands from the 80′s/90′s like Sonic Youth, Fugazi and Minutemen that younger music bloggers hadn’t really ever listened to. If that’s the case I’m sure these same bloggers have never really listened to The Feelies and can’t know that they inspired countless bands on the indie circuit today. Here’s a couple of great videos from that era.

“Doin It Again”

“Crazy Rhythms”

“Away”

“Deep Fascination”

“Egyptian Reggae”

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7 Responses to “YouTube Saturday – The Feelies”

  1. Dave says:

    Nice – I was big into these guys- one of the best shows I ever saw. Another fave was Big Dipper…

  2. Peter says:

    I’ve been a big fan since I saw them at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY back around 1987. I pulled out their album “The Good Earth” after I heard the song “Let’s Go” featured on a TV commercial. I think it was for Traveler’s Insurance. I love that album!

  3. Craig says:

    Dave – funny you should say big dipper, if I can cobble enough video’s (and maybe and mp3 if Gerard Cosloy doesn’t mind) together they were going to be next weeks feature

  4. kelp says:

    so awesome that you posted this. my band still does their cover of the beatles’ ‘everybody’s got something to hide’ to close down their sets from time to time. timeless stuff!!!

  5. Ted Barron says:

    I love the Feelies. I saw ‘em a few times (version 2- late 80′s). I think it’s definitely fair to assume that the younger bloggers never heard them. They were not wildly popular in in their heyday, but probably the only band I can think of that bridged the gap between the Velvets, Stooges and the Allman Brothers.

    P.S. If you post Big Dipper, please include “She’s Fetching”

  6. Splotchy says:

    Nice to see another Feelies fan in the woods.

    I had posted the YouTube links for “Away” and the Letterman performance of “Doin’ It Again” on my own blog a while back.

    The Good Earth is still my favorite album, after all these years.

  7. J. Neas says:

    Ahem.

    As a ‘younger’ blogger, in the sense that I didn’t go to my first concert until 1995 or so (born in ’81) I would like to say that I do know the Feelies.

    And while I don’t know the nature of the earlier discussion mentioned, Sonic Youth and Fugazi have both been active enough to warrant attention from younger listeners – I’ve seen both live numerous times. I got into Sonic Youth via MTV afterall (the “Little Trouble Girl” video and others off of Washing Machine on 120 Minutes) and Fugazi through just paying attention. Same with the Minutemen.

    If people are presient enough about music to be starting blogs, I wouldn’t be assuming a ton of ignorance on their part.