Felt

Felt

Felt was the project of Britain's enigmatic Lawrence Hayward, a singer/songwriter who transformed his long-standing obsession with the music of Tom Verlaine and Television into an impressive catalog of minimalist pop gems and, ultimately, cult stardom. The first Felt single, "Index," was produced by Hayward alone in his bedroom on a portable cassette player; released in 1979, its primitive, impressionistic sound stood in stark contrast to the sleek solemnity of the new wave (as did Hayward's much-discussed "new puritan" stance, a rejection of alcohol, smoking and drugs), and as a result the record became the subject of lavish critical praise, leading to a contract with the Cherry Red label.
Hayward then set about assembling a band, although Felt was clearly his project and his alone; in fact, his control was so absolute that according to legend, original drummer Tony Race was fired primarily because he had curly hair. After a series of roster shuffles, a steady group including guitarist Maurice Deebank and drummer Gary Ainge began to take shape in time to record 1981's Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty EP. The addition of the classically-trained Deebank allowed Hayward to realize a level of guitar interplay similar to the twin attack of Television's Verlaine and Richard Lloyd; Hayward's understated vocals brought comparison to another downtown New York icon, however -- Lou Reed.
After one more EP, 1984's The Splendour of Fear, Felt issued its long-awaited full-length LP The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories, in 1984. The group's ranks swelled to include keyboardist Martin Duffy prior to recording 1985's Ignite the Seven Cannons with producer Robin Guthrie, whose fellow Cocteau Twin Liz Fraser guested on the single "Primitive Painters," a major British indie chart hit. Despite their success, internal friction plagued the group -- Hayward and Ainge were once forced to mount an infamously disastrous two-man improvisational festival performance after Deebank and Duffy abruptly walked out -- and finally Deebank left for good prior to the release of 1986's Ballad of the Band EP, Felt's first effort for the Creation label.
In the wake of the guitarist's exit, the group's next album, 1986's Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads, became a brief instrumental outing, but its follow-up, Forever Breathes the Lonely Word, was acclaimed as Felt's masterpiece. Mayo Thompson produced 1987's Poem of the River EP, while Guthrie returned to man the spartan mini-album The Final Resting of the Ark. Two dramatically different LPs, The Pictorial Jackson Review and Train Above the City -- the latter of which did not even include Hayward -- followed in 1988, and upon issuing 1989's Me and a Monkey on the Moon, Felt announced its break-up. Hayward soon resurfaced in the 1970s revivalist project Denim.

Title Album Genre Tools
On Weegee's Sidewalk Train Above The City Blues, Jazz
Client:
Artist:
Felt
Genres:
Blues and Jazz
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Piano, and Xylophone
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, and Funky/Groove
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Cool
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
instrumental
BPM:
93
CD/Track #:
Train Above The City
Composers:
Martin Duffy (NONE) - 50%
Gary Ainge (NONE) - 50%
Release Year:
1987
Track ID:
43698
main mix 1:00 160k MP3
Mexican Bandits The Splendour of Fear Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Felt
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Guitar
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, and Feel-Good
Scene Descriptions:
Christmas, Film Trailer, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, Morning After, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Indie Rock
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
instrumental
BPM:
136
CD/Track #:
The Splendour of Fear
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
90073
Main Mix 3:46 160k MP3
The Stagnant Pool The Splendour of Fear Alternative, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Felt
Genres:
Alternative and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Guitar
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dramatic, Epic, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, Rainy Day, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Emo and Indie Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
instrumental and male
BPM:
89
CD/Track #:
The Splendour of Fear
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
90074
Main Mix 8:28 160k MP3
Fortune Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty Alternative
Client:
Artist:
Felt
Genres:
Alternative
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Percussion
Keywords:
Atmospheric and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, and Morning After
Subgenres:
Indie Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
112
CD/Track #:
Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
90075
Main Mix 3:35 160k MP3
Templeroy Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty Alternative
Client:
Artist:
Felt
Genres:
Alternative
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Guitar
Keywords:
Atmospheric and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Rainy Day, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Indie Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
85
CD/Track #:
Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
90077
Main Mix 5:35 160k MP3
Red Indians The Splendour of Fear Alternative
Client:
Artist:
Felt
Genres:
Alternative
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Guitar
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dramatic, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, Patriotic, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Indie Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
147
CD/Track #:
The Splendour of Fear
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
90079
Main Mix 1:56 160k MP3
Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories Rock
Client:
Artist:
Felt
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Electric Guitar and Percussion
Keywords:
Campy and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, In Love, Make-Out, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
76
CD/Track #:
The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
94258
main mix 2:51 160k MP3
Take Me Back