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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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