Cultivated, experimental English pop outfit formed in 1980 whose guru was the enigmatic Lawrence Hayward (Birmingham, West Midlands, England; vocals/guitar). Early collaborators included Maurice Deebank (guitar) and Nick Gilbert (bass), who practised together in a small village called Water Orton just outside Birmingham. By the time of their first album, released in 1984 on Cherry Red Records, drummer Tony Race had been replaced by Gary Ainge, and Gilbert departed to be replaced on bass by Mick Lloyd. Martin Duffy joined on organ for 1985s Ignite The Seven Cannons. Cult status had already arrived with the archetypal Felt track Penelope Tree. The critical respect Felt was afforded continued, although the band enjoyed little in the way of commercial recognition. The nearest they came was the 1985 single Primitive Painters, where they were joined by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins in a stirring, pristine pop song produced by fellow...
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