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Song of the day – 384: Happy Noose (the International Pop Underground marches on)

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Where are we now?

  • Olympia, WA in 1985 (Pounding Serfs, I’m always looking your way)
  • Boston, MA in 1991 (Buffalo Tom, I miss those walks in Hampstead Heath daily)
  • Brisbane, QLD in 2009 (Kitchen’s Floor was the first inkling I had that I shared something in common with my random adopted town)
  • New York, NYC in 1993 (Lotion, Lotion: I dearly wish I could remember the title of that Kokopop B-side)

No. It’s 2012, and Happy Noose are an Olympia, Washington trio. And their music is straightforward enough: good-time, plangent, dirty pop. And that’s easily enough for me sometimes. This music aches with desire. Most of their self-titled debut album (vinyl, natch) is just as great as the song below. Or ordinary, if you’re that way inclined. But I’m not. Morose, yet joyful. Fumbling, unsure but with a real swaggering gait. Lovely, lovely, lovely. It’s almost 1978 UK powerpop as well … or ’82 UK punk (yep, Newtown Neurotics, early singles, that’d be right). Lovely.

5 Responses to Song of the day – 384: Happy Noose (the International Pop Underground marches on)

  1. Joseph Kyle August 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Nice.

    Would that be the one with the kitten on the cover? If so, it would be the greatly-titled “She Is Weird City.”

  2. timothy August 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Pounding Serfs is still one of my all time favorite LPs that K put out.

  3. Everett True August 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    If so, it would be the greatly-titled “She Is Weird City.”

    FUCK! IT IS!!! IT IS!!! I’ve been after tracking down that ONE SONG for over a decade now, easy. IT IS!!! Joseph, you are a Lion King among howling jackals.

  4. Joseph Kyle August 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Joseph, you are a Lion King among howling jackals.

    Hakuna matata, baby.

  5. Joseph Kyle August 11, 2011 at 1:45 am

    For the rest of the class, this is the song; though it’s not the exact recording mentioned before, it’s from their debut album:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPX9Ldcm_FI

    Lotion could do no wrong. Too bad they never got the recognition they deserved…

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