In their initial incarnation, The Feelies became an influential part of the East coast post-punk/new wave scene, but the band ended up having multiple lives with varying styles. They formed in Haledon, New Jersey, and released their first single, "Fa-Ce-La," in 1979. The following year saw the release of The Feelies' debut album, Crazy Rhythms. True to its title, it was full of willfully off-kilter grooves and sharply angled riffs, reinterpreting the influence of The Velvet Underground for a new generation. The band became a big part of the scene that sprung up around now-legendary venue Maxwell's in Hoboken, and though they didn't earn any mainstream attention, they earned a reputation as one of the era's most innovative and influential bands. But the 1980 lineup of singer/guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million, bassist Keith DeNunzio, and drummer Anton Fier soon went on unofficial hiatus. Fier went on to start The Golden Palominos, while Mercer and Million began working with other New Jersey-based bands over the next few years, like Yung Wu and The Trypes, both of which would eventually contribute new members to The Feelies. Though they would play the occasional gig, The Feelies didn't record again until 1986's The Good Earth. With a new lineup including bassist Brenda Sauter, drummer Stan Demeski, and percussionist Dave Weckerman, The Feelies presented a more jangly, organic, folk-rock-flavored sound not terribly distant from that of early R.E.M. But after two more albums, 1988's Only Life and 1991's Time For a Witness, The Feelies hung it up once more. In 2008 the band started playing live again, and finally put out another album, Here Before, in 2011, featuring the Mk. II version of the lineup. And in 2017, The Feelies reconvened at last for the follow-up, In Between.