We're Not Happy 'til You're Not Happy

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We're Not Happy 'til You're Not Happy
Studio album by Reel Big Fish
Released April 5, 2005
Recorded World Class Audio, Anaheim, CA, 2004.
Genre Ska punk
Length 59:42
Label Mojo, Jive
Producer Aaron Barrett
Reel Big Fish chronology
Cheer Up!
(2002)
We're Not Happy 'til You're Not Happy
(2005)
Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album
(2006)

We're Not Happy 'til You're Not Happy is the fifth LP by Orange County ska punk band, Reel Big Fish.

The follow-up to the band's moderately successful Cheer Up!, We're Not Happy 'til You're Not Happy' was released on April 5, 2005 on Mojo Records. Compared to the previous album, which was more lighthearted and cheerful, Allmusic describes the songs in the album as "angry" and "embittered", but also deemed the album as "super catchy". Common themes expressed throughout the songs include jealousy, regret, short-lasting fame, and disappointment toward mainstream record companies.

The album includes covers of Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' Bout a Revolution", Morrissey's "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" and Social Distortion's "Story of My Life". Both the Chapman cover and the Social Distortion cover were chosen as the first and second singles respectively.

The album was not particularly successful in comparison to previous releases. The band felt a large portion of this was on the record company's lack of promotion.[citation needed] This, amongst a long list of other conflicts, led to the band's 2006 split with Jive Records.[citation needed]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Punknews.org 2.5/5 stars link
Punktastic 2.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Aaron Barrett, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Fire"   Barrett, Dan Regan 3:05
2. "Drinkin'"     3:25
3. "Don't Start a Band"     3:18
4. "A-W-E-S-O-M-E"     3:32
5. "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" (Morrissey cover) Morrissey, Alan Whyte 2:23
6. "Turn the Radio Off"   Barrett, Regan 2:38
7. "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution" (Tracy Chapman cover) Tracy Chapman 3:24
8. "The Bad Guy"   Barrett, Regan, Matt Wong, Scott Klopfenstein 3:32
9. "Story of My Life" (Social Distortion cover) Mike Ness 4:10
10. "The Joke's on Me"     3:49
11. "One Hit Wonderful"     4:18
12. "Last Show"   Barrett, Klopfenstein 3:02
13. "Say Goodbye"     4:09
14. "Your Guts (I Hate 'Em)" (ends at 2:06)   14:57
15. "Beer" (Bonus Track; Japanese release. New version of song from Turn the Radio Off)   3:53
16. "Way Back" (Bonus Track; Japanese release)   15:27
Notes
"You're Gonna Die" - 9:49 hidden track, which is part of track 14 on general release (track 16 on Japanese release) begins at (5:06) on the general release.

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Hidden message[edit]

After the track "Your Guts (I Hate 'Em)", a long period of random sounds and loud noises plays. These noises include screaming, short excerpts from a song sung by Scott Klopfenstein and a hidden message played backwards on repeat, read by singer Aaron Barrett. The message says:

I love this band. This is my favorite band. I love Reel Big Fish. Reel Big Fish is my favorite band. I love this song. This is a great song. I feel good when I listen to this song. I will buy Reel Big Fish merchandise. I need Reel Big Fish merchandise. I feel good when I buy Reel Big Fish merchandise. I love this band. I want to tell everyone I know about this band. I love Reel Big Fish. Reel Big Fish is my favorite band. I love this album so much I want to buy it again. Reel Big Fish is my favorite band. I want to buy all my friends a Reel Big Fish album. I love Reel Big Fish. I love this band. This is my favorite band...

From here the message repeats.