Love Tractor: This Ain't No Outerspace Ship (1987)
The album's clear stand-out is the simply phenomenal "Beatle Boots," where they tether their guitar sound and falsetto vocals to a killer hook, the singalong title something that stuck in my head on first listen and hasn't left me in 30 years. It's a great song, one that makes you wish they'd written a few more of that caliber. "Cartoon Kiddies" rocks a similar vibe, managing a comparably solid hook but a little more on the silly side, and "Small Town" is a modest, poppy little ditty.
The rest is a bit more hit and miss. There are a few nice mostly-instrumental tracks, throwbacks to their earlier work, like the mid-tempo "Chili Part Two" and the treble-crazy "Rudolf Nureyev" (a bit reminiscent of their fantastic early non-hit "Fun To Be Happy," which became a mainstay of Feelies live sets). They shake things up with the more electric, rocking "Party Train (which doesn't really work) and the meandering, extended instrumental "We All Loved Each Other So Much," but the album works best when they stay in their sweet spot.
1989's follow-up Themes From Venus was more of a departure, the band stepping away from the standard treble jangle and more into varied post-punk guitar rock territory to better effect; it's a more interesting, confident album with more high points, but Outerspace is a solid midway between their surf-guitar instrumental jangle roots and their later indie rock explorations.
Here's an audio rip of "Beatle Boots":