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Felt's Lawrence (1985)

Interview by Martin Aston, Rock's Backpages audio, August 1985

The Felt mainman on guitarist Maurice Deebank's departure; what Felt are; the new album Ignite the Seven Cannons; the meaning of existentialism; his lack of interest in the outside world; how he writes; Deebank's contribution; his elaborate song titles; the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser; his dislike of his hometown Birmingham; current label Cherry Red vs. new home Creation; the Weather Prophets and Primal Scream, and being a fan of Vic Godard.

File format: mp3; total file size: 44.2mb, total interview length: 46' 05" sound quality: ****

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Felt: A Felt Tip

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 17 January 1981

THIS IS getting ridiculous. I'll have to do a heavy metal band soon. You mean you don't even drink? Jon Lawrence said No with a ...

Felt: The Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 31 January 1981

RATHER FRAGILE and stark, Felt played the Moonlight as support to some Godforsaken lacquery crew named Modern English and most of the time looked distinctly ...

Felt: More than a feeling

Interview by Mick Sinclair, Sounds, 9 October 1982

FELT boast of their brilliance to MICK SINCLAIR ...

The Fall, Danse Society, Felt: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mick Sinclair, Sounds, 18 December 1982

FELT ARE hinged around guitarist and singer (in that order) Lawrence, a lovably naive, hick-ish figure from a village just outside Birmingham. ...

Felt: More Than A Feeling

Interview by Jon Wilde, ZigZag, August 1984

John Scott Wilde in cahoots with Lawrence of Felt ...

Felt: The Strange Idol Pattern And Other Short Stories (Cherry Red)

Review by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, 3 November 1984

THERE IS A singular atmosphere to Felt's music. Their dreamy guitar excursions are a pure extension of mood, not intent, and as such have no ...

Felt: Thames Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Robin Gibson, Sounds, 18 May 1985

FELT ALWAYS make music from a magic carpet. Tonight, though, they had to fight to stay aboard; their starry-eyed, uniquely shy pop constantly mauled by ...

Felt: Primed Canons

Interview by Bill Prince, New Musical Express, 12 October 1985

"I just love beautiful things..." BILL PRINCE interrogates Lawrence on the immortal carvings and primitive future of FELT. ...

Felt: Felt Tips

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 2 November 1985

Chris Roberts asks Felt, are you lonesome tonight? ...

Felt: Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (Creation)

Review by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, 11 October 1986

...(ROCK IS dead?) I think we can do better than that. The thing about Felt (which was that they sounded like everyone else) hasn't changed. ...

Felt: Poem Of The River (Creation)

Review by Neil Taylor, New Musical Express, 4 July 1987

THE MOST FASCINATING aspect of the band Felt is Lawrence's insatiable urge to constantly free-fall the perimeters of his creative ability. ...

Felt: The Pictorial Jackson Review (Creation)

Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, 14 May 1988


Felt: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, Sounds, 23 July 1988

FELT, IF NOT a maligned band, are certainly underrated by a great many people, while far less adept '60s archivists like Primal Scream are praised ...

Felt: Too Much Monkey Business

Interview by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, 9 December 1989


Felt: Bubblegum Perfume (Creation)

Review by Bob Stanley, Melody Maker, 30 June 1990

WHEN IT COMES TO individuality and wilful peversity, Lawrence's only rival is Prince. In ten years he guided Felt through ten LPs and ten singles, ...

Felt/Denim: There Can Be Only One Lawrence — Meticulous Genius, Confounded.

Profile and Interview by Mick Houghton, MOJO, February 2003

IN 1986, WHEN Felt signed to Creation Records, stories quickly circulated about the oddness of the band's leader. ...

Killed by Felt: Tim Burgess discusses his love of Lawrence and "Birmingham's best band ever"

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 18 July 2011

Wyndham Wallace takes a road trip from London to Essen, Germany, with a truckload of CDs, LPs, and the unlikely company of the Charlatans' Tim ...

"I Want Lou Reed To Kick Me Down The Stairs" — Lawrence Interviewed

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 6 April 2012

Indie-pop outsider extraordinaire Lawrence — the Felt/Denim/Go-Kart-Mozart frontman who turned 51 last month — talks to Jude Rogers about sounding like Nicki Minaj and his ...

see also Denim

see also Go-Kart Mozart


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