We wanted to distance ourselves from punk. Growing up, we listened to the Stooges and Velvet Underground, so we’d seen it done better before, but the CBGBs scene wasn’t all strictly punk
The Feelies are an American rock band from Haledon, New Jersey, named after Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World. They formed in 1976, during the post punk era, and disbanded in 1992 having released four albums. The band reunited in 2008, and most recently released an album in 2011. The Feelies are credited with creating shimmering soundscapes with multiple guitar layers that set them apart from most of the punk/New Wave bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, choosing rarely to use outside producers. They frequently played at Maxwell’s, a live music venue and bar restaurant in Hoboken during the 1980s. Although the Feelies never sold a great number of records, their influence was felt on the indie rock scene; their first album, Crazy Rhythms (Stiff Records, 1980), was cited by R.E.M. as a major influence. The novelist Rick Moody has also cited the band as one of his influences.