Yung Wu: Shore Leave (1987)
And it's a surprisingly delightful album -- but with one caveat I need to hit right up front.
Weckerman is not everyone's ideal for a lead singer. Now, Feelies frontman Glenn Mercer isn't exactly all smooth and silky, his rough delivery akin to Reed and Dylan and largely built for indie rock fans; but Weckerman is even more off-putting for some, naive and childlike and intermittently off-key, but with a Jonathan Richman-like charm that I find perfectly acceptable. Give it some time, it may grow on you.
Fortunately, the songs themselves are great, with the addition of non-intrusive keyboards and Weckerman's casual stylings giving them a poppier feel than much of the Feelies' other work.
The title track that kicks off the album sounds like it could be a Good Earth bonus track, the only differences being the playful keyboard strains and, again, Weckerman's askew vocals. Other stand-outs include the insistent groove of "Eternal Ice," with its darkly compelling bassline; the light and buoyant "Aspiration"; and upbeat closer "Modern Farmer," which more than any other track sounds like a Feelies tune with Weckerman's vocals subbed in for Mercer's.
There are also some outstanding covers, well-chosen and respectfully faithful to the originals, including Neil Young's always welcome "Powderfinger," the Rolling Stones' psyche-era b-side "Child of the Moon," and most notably a bang-up job on the Brian Eno/Phil Manzanera pop ditty "Big Day," which lends itself particularly well to Weckerman's wide-eyed vocal turn (and is probably the best tune on the LP).
How about an audio rip of their Stones cover?