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Crazy Rhythms (1980)

The Feelies
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Rock music, College rock, New Wave, Post-punk, Jangle pop

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Crazy Rhythms is the debut studio album by American rock band The Feelies. It was released in April 1980 on Stiff Records. Its fusion of post-punk and jangle pop was influential on the forthcoming alternative rock genre, with R.E.M. among others citing the album as an influence.
On the album, band member Glenn Mercer has said "The sound we were after was a reaction against the punk scene [...] Being a little older, we felt it had all been done before. We wanted the guitars to be cleaner, and we started experimenting with a lot of percussion."
Although not commercially popular upon release, Crazy Rhythms was a critical success, coming in a number 17 in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, beating out such notable critics' favorites as David Bowie's Scary Monsters, Joy Division's Closer, The Rolling Stones's Emotional Rescue, and The Specials' debut album. In their retrospective review, The Guardian wrote, "Crazy Rhythms is one of those albums during whose course you hear the most exciting sound in music: things changing." Rolling Stone called it "a landmark of jangly, guitar-driven avant-pop, and its shimmersing sound can still be heard in bands like R.E.M.."

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