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Crazy Rhythms

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The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness
Fa cé-La
Loveless Love
Forces At Work
Original Love
Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey)
Moscow Nights
Raised Eyebrows
Crazy Rhythms
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 40:05

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Douglas Wolk


Douglas Wolk writes about pop music and comic books for Time, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired and elsewhere. He's the author of Reading Comics: How Gra...more »

The Feelies, Crazy Rhythms
Label: Bar/None Records

For the first few years of their existence, the Feelies played the same nine songs over and over and over and over and over. So when it came time to make their debut album, they ended up with, as producer Mark Abel put it, "the culmination of four years of fantasizing about how they were going to record those songs." Crazy Rhythms is a fetishistically hyper-precise album, even by the standards of the New York… read more »

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Crazy Rhythms


One of my top 10 albums of all time. Discovered by accident in'91. This album is ageless.

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Ten Stars


On a scale of 0-5 stars, I'd give Crazy Rhythms 10. The guitar interplay between Bill Million and Glenn Mercer is wonderful: tense, melodic, restrained (and not so much). High energy beats, plus the guitars, build up the tension for ecstatic releases. And their fast Beatles cover is a wonder. This is my favorite album of all time. It's that good.

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This is a piece of post punk greatness! Even 30 years after its release, the album still holds strong. Do your ears a favor and pick it up. It will change the way you view contemporary alt/indie rock.

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I have been listening for 25 years and..


Raised Eyebrows never fails to move me.

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For Yourself


Do whatever it takes to own this CD. These boys are an inspiration to everyone indie music has fawned over for the past 20 years. Hadn't heard anything but passing mentions for a while and then I stumbled upon the way. Crazy Rhythms will pick you up and knock you back on your ass.

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A Must Have!


Found the CD in an obscure music store 15 years ago. I place on my top 10 all-time best. Their influence can be heard in other groups today. Favorite tracks; 3,4,8&9.

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I have been searching for this album/CD ever since wearing out my cassette tape from overuse/abuse. So great to see a reissue. Classic!

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A Masterpiece indeed!


This is one of the best albums of the past 50 years. Not much more I can say that others haven't, but do yourself a favor and get this album. Then seek out all of their other stuff (Good Earth, Only Life, Time for a Witness).

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A Creative Masterpiece


I love everything about this album. Loved it upon my first listen on vinyl way back when, love finding it here now. The music remains creatively inspirational to this day. The Cover portrait art captures the mood of this album brilliantly. Buy it and have a great time listening.

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A stone classic!


You, dear eMusic subscriber, are so lucky to have this available to you. This is one of the top ten albums of the rock era, a unique and thoroughly diggable artifact. Like many classics, it is both of its time and completely outside it (if it had been released yesterday The Feelies would be this week's blog buzz band). Hypnotic, propulsive, idiosyncratic, alive: get this album.

eMusic Features


The History of the Feelies: Playing Fast, Taking It Slow

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Glenn Mercer and Bill Million put together the band they called the Feelies in the mid-'70s. They were singer/guitarists who'd both started out as bassists, so they thought about everything in terms of rhythm. Their songs were frantically speedy, streamlined and hyperpercussive. They were nerds, and very proud of it. They were not particularly connected to any extant rock scene. They came from the little town of Haledon, New Jersey, and were proud of that,… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Even the cover is a winner, with a washed-out look that screams new wave via horn-rimmed glasses, even more so than contemporaneous pictures of either Elvis Costello or the Embarrassment. But if it was all look and no brain, Crazy Rhythms would long ago have been dismissed as an early-’80s relic. That’s exactly what this album is not, right from the soft, haunting hints of percussion that preface the suddenly energetic jump of the appropriately titled “The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness.” From there the band delivers seven more originals plus a striking cover of the Beatles’ “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide” that rips along even more quickly than the original. The guitar team of Mercer and Million smokes throughout, whether it’s soft, rhythmic chiming with a mysterious, distanced air or blasting, angular solos. But Fier is the band’s secret weapon, able to play straight-up beats but aiming at a rumbling, strange punch that updates Velvet Underground/Krautrock trance into giddier realms. Mercer’s obvious Lou Reed vocal inflections make the VU roots even clearer, but even at this stage of the game there’s something fresh about the work the quartet does, even 20 years on — a good blend of past and present, rave-up and reflection. When the group’s later label, A&M, finally got around to reissuing the album for the first time stateside, a curious bonus was included: a version of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black,” recorded by the later lineup of the band in 1990. Mercer’s voice is noticeably different from his decade-old self, but it’s an enthusiastic rendition not too far out of place. – Ned Raggett

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