Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Feelies - Two Covers

One of the highlights of any Feelies show was finding out what songs they would cover that night. Television's "Glory" and "See No Evil," The Monkees' "I'm A Believer," The Beatles "She Said, She Said," and "Everybody's Got Something To Hide...," Neil Young's "Powderfinger," "Sedan Delivery" and "Barstool Blues," Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot," Wire's "Outdoor Miner" and "Mannequin," The Stooges' "Real Cool Time," The Modern Lover's "Roadrunner," and The Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" and "What Goes On" are but a few of the songs I recall getting Feelies make-overs in concert. The band's excellent taste in cover material was no doubt a large part of the reason I saw The Feelies live as many times as I did. It's a shame that The Feelies never released a live album because as good as their albums are, they never quite captured the nervous energy the band exuded onstage. And a whole album of covers would have been sweet.

Here are two of the better covers the band did manage to commit to wax. The Modern Lover's "I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms" is perhaps the perfect song for The Feelies to cover, nerdy and uptight, yet still rockin'. The Modern Lovers only ever recorded a demo quality version of this song, and The Feelies do a great job with it. This may be the definitive version of this song. This appeared on a promo-only 12" for "Doin' It Again." "Paint It Black" was a staple of late-era Feelies live shows, so I was kind of surprised when it showed up as a bonus track on the A&M CD reissue of Crazy Rhythms. This track was recorded long after the rest of the material on Crazy Rhythms, and it doesn't entirely fit stylistically with the earlier material. Why A&M included this as a bonus is anybody's guess, but I'm glad they did because it's awesome.

I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms [right click to download]
Paint It Black [right click to download]

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