Happiness (Lisa Germano album)

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Happiness
Studio album by Lisa Germano
Released July 27, 1993
Genre Alternative rock, dream pop, folk rock
Length 49:26
Label Capitol
Producer Malcolm Burn
Lisa Germano chronology
On the Way Down From the Moon Palace
(1991)
Happiness
(1993/1994)
Geek the Girl
(1994)

Happiness is the second album by Lisa Germano. It was originally released by Capitol Records in 1993, and re-released by 4AD Records the next year.

Track list (original 1993 Capitol release)[edit]

  1. "Around the World"
  2. "You Make Me Want To Wear Dresses"
  3. "Happiness"
  4. "Bad Attitude"
  5. "Sycophant"
  6. "Miamo-Tutti"
  7. "Energy"
  8. "Cowboy"
  9. "Puppet"
  10. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
  11. "Breathe Acrost Texas"
  12. "Everyone's Victim"
  13. "The Darkest Night of All"

All songs written by Lisa Germano, except 5 written by Germano/Joyce, and 10 written by Lee Hazlewood. The title of track 2 was changed to "The Dresses Song" on all subsequent re-releases of this album, while 10 and 11 have been omitted completely. Track 11 was made available on Germano's self-released compilation, Rare, Unusual or Just Bad Songs (2002), but track 10 remains unreleased elsewhere.

A music video was produced for the single "You Make Me Want To Wear Dresses."

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Malcolm Burn.
  • Recorded at Kingsway Studio in New Orleans; additional recording done at Champagne Studio in Nashville, September Studio in Indianapolis, and Germano's home.
  • Engineered by Malcolm Burn, Mark Howard, Wayne Lorenz, John Keane, and Trina Shoemaker. Additional engineering by Giles Reaves, Mike Griffith, Paul Mahern, and Mark Hood.
  • Mixed by Malcolm Burn and Wayne Lorenz at Kingsway, except 7 mixed by Paul Mahern at Pinebrook Studio in Alexandria, IN.
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York City.
  • Cover photograph by Bob Lanois, coloring by Jim Merrill.
  • Rear cover drawing by Haley Goethals.
  • Design by Jeff Fey.

Inconsiderate Bitch[edit]

Inconsiderate Bitch
EP by Lisa Germano
Released January 17, 1994
Recorded 1993
Genre Alternative rock, dream pop, folk rock
Length 25:56
Label 4AD
Producer Malcolm Burn

The Inconsiderate Bitch EP is the third solo release by Lisa Germano, and her first for the 4AD label. It was one of a series of limited-edition "temporary releases" by 4AD, meant to supplement concurrent releases by the same act; in this case, Inconsiderate Bitch acted as a "teaser" for the label's re-release of Happiness, while also serving as an introduction of Germano to her new label's audience. While preparing and resequencing the album for its re-release, 4AD founder and then-president Ivo Watts-Russell and engineer John Fryer (who had worked on Watts-Russell's This Mortal Coil project) also created this suite of alternate remixes, with the exception of "(Late Night) Dresses", a version of "You Make Me Wanto Wear Dresses" (later retitled "The Dresses Song") remixed by the original producer, Malcolm Burn.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Happiness"
  2. "Energy"
  3. "Puppet"
  4. "Sycophant"
  5. (Late Night) Dresses

All songs were written by Lisa Germano, except track 4 written by Germano/Joyce. Tracks 2-5 were later added to an edition of Happiness re-released by 4AD in 1999, but have since been removed for subsequent editions. Track 1 remains available only on this CD; with a running time of 8:17, it is considerably extended compared to the two album versions.

Personnel[edit]

Same as above.

Credits[edit]

Same as above, except:

Happiness
Studio album by Lisa Germano
Released April 26, 1994
Genre Alternative rock, dream pop, folk rock
Length 53:44
Label 4AD
Producer Malcolm Burn
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B) link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link

Three months after releasing the Inconsiderate Bitch EP, Germano's new label, 4AD, reissued her second album, Happiness, with a resequenced track listing, two new songs replacing two from the original, and radically different artwork.

Track list (1994 4AD reissue)[edit]

  1. "Bad Attitude"
  2. "Destroy the Flower"
  3. "Puppet"
  4. "Everyone's Victim"
  5. "Energy"
  6. "Cowboy"
  7. "Happiness"
  8. "The Earth"
  9. "Around the World"
  10. "Sycophant"
  11. "Miamo-Tutti"
  12. "The Dresses Song"
  13. "The Darkest Night of All"

All songs were written by Lisa Germano, except track 10 written by Germano/Joyce. Tracks 2 and 8 did not appear on the original Capitol version of the album; track 12 was previously titled "You Make Me Wanto Wear Dresses". A later edition of Happiness, re-released by 4AD in 1999, contained tracks 2-5 from the Inconsiderate Bitch EP added to the end as bonus tracks, but have since been removed for subsequent editions.

A music video for the song "Puppet" was produced and can be viewed on the MUZU TV website.

Personnel[edit]

Same as above, except:

  • Jay Joyce – bass (2)
  • Michael Radovsky – drums (2)

Credits[edit]

Same as above, except:

  • Track 2 was produced by Jay Joyce.
  • Track 10 was produced by Malcolm Burn and Jay Joyce.
  • Track 2 was engineered by Mike Griffith at Champagne Studios in Nashville, and mixed by Jay Joyce and Mike Griffith.
  • Track 8 was engineered by Giles Reaves at Bloodsucker Studios.
  • Track 3 was remixed by Malcolm Burn and Trina Shoemaker.
  • Design by Vaughan Oliver and Adrian Philpott; images by John Weber.