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Me And A Monkey On The Moon

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I Can't Make Love To You Anymore
Mobile Shack
Budgie Jacket
Cartoon Sky
New Day Dawning
Down An August Path
Never Let You Go
She Deals In Crosses
Get Out Of My Mirror
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 38:18

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Wondering Sound

Review 44

Jack Rabid


Felt, Me And A Monkey On The Moon
1989 | Label: Cherry Red Records / The Orchard

Having seen Felt once, a disaster of a gig at London's Bay 63 in 1985, I dismissed this group, especially their petulant frontman and songwriter Lawrence Hayward, as a bunch of unrepentant underachievers. But as they've been gone for 18 years, live impressions fade and the gentle sway of their lulling little albums lives on. While early Cherry Red EPs such as 1981's debut, Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty, established Felt as twee-pop pioneers (Sarah… read more »

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Essential Felt Album


Don't buy Absolute Classic Masterpieces, do yourself a favour and buy all the Felt albums you won't regret it. This, their last, is a classic by anyone's standard - brilliant songwriting and melodies and still sounds as fresh today as when it came out. My favourite band ? No contest !

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monkey magic!


Felt go out on a high with easily their best album, and that's saying something. Kickstarting the soft-rock revival about 15 years too early and paying tribute to "Marquee Moon" *and* The Carpenters(the soaring solo on New Day Dawning has got to be a tribute to "Goodbye To Love")Lawrence and his ever-shifting line-up mix melancholy jangle, country-pop, and even a touch of choogling swamp rock, and come up with possibly their definitive statement. Bear in mind, though, that when asked by Melody Maker in 1990 "what was the most original thought you had this year", Lawrence replied: "ending Felt after ten years and ten albums and pretending it had all been a plan." He always *was* an awkward one. . .

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For those interested


...this was produced by the late, great, Adrian Borland of the Sound. Perhaps my favorite full length from Felt.

They Say All Music Guide

Felt’s main man, Lawrence, had a plan. Ten years, ten records, then break up the band. This is that tenth record and Felt goes out on a high note. Me and a Monkey on the Moon is the most musically accomplished and personal record of the band’s career. It is emotional, funny, and loaded with memorable melodies, some of Lawrence’s best. Felt always came across as incredibly remote and icy. The sound was sparse and jagged, the lyrics — when not vague — were hostile and acerbic, and Lawrence’s vocals were pitched somewhere between Lou Reed and talking in his sleep. Me and a Monkey on the Moon is so intimate and personal that it almost sounds like a different band. The record sounds like Lawrence’s autobiography, with songs about childhood, family, lost love, and the end of Felt; eight of the ten songs have “I” in the first line and they are all sung in a voice aching with loss and regret. The emotional nature of the lyrics and singing is bolstered by the lush and autumnal musical backing provided by the band. Martin Duffy is amazing here; he plays a wide range of keyboards from piano to mellotron to ARP string ensemble with just the right notes and feeling. The record is filled with instrumentation that was totally new to Felt, like long rock & roll guitar solos, pedal steel guitars, and female backup vocals. It all works to create a rich and heartfelt farewell to Felt, full of sentiment but not sentimental — the sound of a band reaching its potential and kissing it goodbye. As great as Lawrence’s next band, the glam and novelty rock-inspired Denim, was, it is too bad he didn’t further explore the adult and emotional sounds of Me and a Monkey on the Moon. – Tim Sendra

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