The early career of legendary 1980’s Brum band Felt is surveyed in a new boxset.
Felt: A Decade In Music (Cherry Red Records) includes the cult combo’s first five albums: Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty, The Splendour Of Fear, The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories, Ignite The Seven Cannons, and The Seventeenth Century.
Remastered by Felt’s ever enigmatic Lawrence, the set – which spans the years 1982-1986 – comes with reproduction gig flyers, badges and associated single-only tracks, and is available now.
Formed in 1979, the band aimed to release ten albums in ten years (five for Cherry Red Records; five for Creation Records), before splitting in 1989. Their guitar sound influenced a slew of other acts including, perhaps most notably, Belle and Sebastian. Manic Street Preachers and The Charlatans are other acknowledged fans.
The boxset includes such highlights as Penelope Tree and Primitive Painters (produced by Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie and featuring Cocteau’s Elizabeth Fraser), and sees 1986’s Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death album returned to it’s planned original title, The Seventeenth Century.
Following the band’s demise, Lawrence went on form Denim and Go Kart Mozart, whose new album – Mozart’s Mini-Mart – is also out now (via Cherry Red).
For more information about the Felt boxset, see: Cherry Red Records.
Also see Felt on Birmingham Music Archive.