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There are three artists with the name Felt:

1) Felt was a 1980s UK indie band hailing from Birmingham, led by enigmatic Lawrence Hayward (or, just “Lawrence” for preference), and usually included guitarist Maurice Deebank and drummer Gary Ainge.
The band claimed to have released ten albums and ten singles in ten years but actually released 11 singles if you include their debut Index on Shanghai Packaging. They were influenced by, among others, New York band Television and 60’s icon Bob Dylan. Forming in 1979, Felt never broke through to the mainstream, but enjoyed a substantial cult following. Throughout the early 1980s, Felt released a number of oblique, minimalistic guitar pop gems. In 1986 they broke through with the single “Primitive Painters” (featuring the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser), and the album “Forever Breathes The Lonely Word”. Here, Hayward’s trademark melodic songs are matched by a fuller sound - catchy organ lines from Martin Duffy (now with Primal Scream) and Deebank’s cascading guitars feature throughout.
Following this, releases in 1987 of Poem Of The River, in 1988 of The Pictorial Jackson Review, and in 1989 of Me And A Monkey On The Moon, cemented Felt’s cult following and reputation, before Hayward split the band up to pursue 70s-influenced project, Denim, and subsequently Go-Kart Mozart.
Felt’s influence continues to reverberate in the music of current bands like Belle and Sebastian who have acknowledged their admiration.

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  • kissesneverdie

    @ge_mig_arsenik: that is a beautiful story, @glassphyxia: that is a sad story

    14 Apr 1:39am Reply
  • CDPETE01

    1984 where was I ?? now listening to Felts album from that year and enjoying it,another band that totally went under the radar back then,a lot of catching up to do here.

    13 Apr 9:26pm Reply
  • glassphyxia

    Gather Up Your Wings & Fly was my favourite song, but i cannot listen to music anymore since losing my hearing in a factory accident. It's quite scary.. nothing more to hear than a grey hiss.

    8 Apr 4:19pm Reply
  • ge_mig_arsenik

    This band. OMG. When I was 16, I used to tape songs off the radio and on one of my tapes I had, for some reason, a live version of a song that went "all the people I like are those that are dead". I used to love the song but never found out who it was by and went on to forget all about it when mp3s took over and no one listened to cassette tapes anymore. And now, 14 years later, I was browsing LastFM and ended up on this page because I'd heard "Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow" and liked it and there it was, "All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead, #10 on the chart! Needless to say, I'm now listening to Felt obsessively. Just wanted to share this beautiful story of being reunited with a high school sweetheart with you guys.

    23 Feb 10:03pm Reply
  • the-crystalship

    Primitive Painters makes my heart soar & sore. [2]

    19 Feb 5:19am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    инди-группа 80-х - самая недооцененная группа в мире, а ведь они ничем не хуже тех же the smiths абсолютно уникальный саунд, потрясающие тексты, их пиарить надо, а не теги обсуждать

    13 Feb 3:15pm Reply
  • blebbio

    lol how people will like one band and then just shit on the others.

    31 Jan 5:21pm Reply
  • lebital

    UK indie Felt is the ONE. Else is crap.

    21 Jan 5:16am Reply
  • Pur3_Yol0caust

    check out the psychedelic felt, the indie band is shit

    19 Jan 6:15pm Reply
  • R4PGOD

    http://www.last.fm/music/Felt/+images/38034603 <--- VOTE UP!

    18 Jan 9:38pm Reply
  • LongLive_Rock12

    the best band ever to walk the earth [2]

    15 Jan 1:25pm Reply
  • DeadBodys

    Jesus christ who found the time to upload the entire google image search results section for some shitty indie band

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    V calm down, there are multiple artists

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • LastGoldenBoy

    delete it!

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LastGoldenBoy

    WTF is the hip-hop tag!?!?

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mkorchia

    Watoo Watoo cover of a forgotten felt b-side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwzMR3zkrDQ

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Primitive Painters makes my heart soar & sore.

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • austinsunday

    Here is the complete Felt TV interview filmed in 1989 (including the exhert that I posted before) featuring apperences by, Felt Keyboardist, Martin Duffy and ,Creation Records head, Alan McGee.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMKNPheDuhs

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • knotrice

    the best band ever to walk the earth

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • blebbio

    can't believe i'm just now discovering their instrumental album. been listening to their others for years and always prefered their instrumental songs on those albums. yet i somehow missed "let the snake" when i was first getting into them.

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
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