Can't see the Cole/Felt interface. Cole went for a classic 60s commercial
pop/rock sound which, contemporaneously, Felt were distanced from. Felt's
first 5 lps went from a messy punk folk to goth with Deebank's classical
influence shining through. They made one classic during this time, Strange
Idols Patterns, but the rest of their output wasn't brilliant and the
twin-influences of Horses and Marquee Moon were muddied. Later, of course,
Lawrence came close to perfection with the Smith/Television inspiration, but
his main influence was Dylan. I think Dylan is one of the most over-rated
artists of all time and I don't care for him at all; Felt, however, took
Dylan and re-vitalised him with some American 70s art house punk vitriol.
The Dylan influence is so overt that Lawrence (when in Denim) sang that he
was against "early Dylan" - he couldn't have been against mid-period Dylan,
cos that would've lain waste to most of Felt's back catalogue.
Cole and Lawrence - two completely different entities. And Lawrence would
never write "read Norman Mailer/get a new tailor".