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The Feelies. courtesy of the artist
A beloved indie-rock band of the 1970s and '80s, The Feelies never quite caught on with more than a loyal circle of hardcore fans and music critics. But the group's layered guitar-rock was extremely influential, and continues to exert an influence.
Forming in 1976, the band got its start in the midst of punk's popularity. Though Glenn Mercer and Bill Million started out as a duo called Outkids, they later evolved into The Feelies with the addition of Keith Clayton and Vinnie DeNunzio. Come 1980, The Feelies released a debut album, Crazy Rhythms, which would become a major influence on members of R.E.M., among others. The group continued to put out critically praised, though not necessarily money-raking, albums into the early '90s.
The Feelies' broke up in 1992 after the release of Time for a Witness. But the band reunited in 2008 for several performances, including a concert with Sonic Youth at Battery Park in New York City. Following a string of Feelies shows in 2009, Bar/None Records reissued the albums that started it all: Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth both returned to store shelves in September.