With those essential Feelies reissues making the rounds, it's nice to see some renewed interest in such an under-recognized act. One appreciation worth checking out is by rock critic Douglas Wolk, who has penned a nice history of the New Jersey art-pop band for eMusic. This one in particular caught my eye with some choice quotes from Feelies singer/guitarist Glenn Mercer. Here's a taste:
"GM: 'The songs are crafted a certain way — -we spent a lot of time on the arrangements, just on the basic sound. The sound we got sort of evolved organically. We felt the cymbals were clashing with the guitar parts, so we cut back on the cymbals and that we left a space we decided to fill with percussion. We included a song from an early demo on the album, and one thing that was really Eno-inspired was that we tried to create the illusion of the snare sound revolving around. When the engineer put the song on to remaster it [for the new reissues], he was so bewildered. He said "this record must've been pressed slightly off-center or something!" And finally he pointed out what he meant, and we said "no, no, that was intentional — we were trying to create an effect there!'"Continue reading the rest over at eMusic. And in case you missed it, check out my review of the newly reissued Feelies classics Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth, published over at InRO.