The promo line on the front page of The Journal News on Thursday said it: “Jonathan Demme Loves The Feelies.”
On Sunday night at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y., Demme proved it.
“I guess I don’t get to the venues as much as I used to, because maybe I hit the sack a little earlier than I used to,” Demme told me when I interviewed him for lohud.com/The Journal News. “But definitely… I’d go anywhere to see The Feelies. I’d stay up late to see The Feelies.”
At the Burns Film Center, Demme had his dreams fulfilled without having to stay up too terribly late. The movie ran from about 7 p.m. to just before 9. It took about 20 minutes move the band’s equipment into place,, and Demme used the time to stage an unscheduled Q&A session with the near-capacity audience.
The Feelies took the stage played a solid set — one that had Demme dancing continually — of 15 songs plus encores lasting a bit more than an hour, wrapping up by 10:15 or so.
The Feelies didn’t reprise their cover of David Bowie’s “Fame,” which percussionist Dave Weckerman sang at the center of the high school reunion scene in “Something Wild.” It was a song chosen for the film, and not one that the band, known for including one or more covers in every show, had in its repertoire. Instead, the crowd got a fast, punky version of The Monkees’ hit “I’m a Believer,” which is part of The Feelies’ catalog and also was used in the movie.