"Happy" in Galoshes

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"Happy" in Galoshes
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 25, 2008
RecordedEarly 2000s – 2008
Genre
Length52:00 (regular)
90:19 (deluxe edition)
LabelSoftdrive
ProducerDoug Grean, Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland chronology
12 Bar Blues
(1998)
"Happy" in Galoshes
(2008)
A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs
(2011)

"Happy" in Galoshes is the second solo album by American rock singer Scott Weiland. Weiland, known for his roles as the lead singer in Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, released his first album, 12 Bar Blues in 1998. Ten years later, "Happy" in Galoshes served as the official follow-up.

Two versions were released, a single-disc and double-disc deluxe version (the deluxe edition offers a second disc of 10 extra tracks).[1] The album was released November 25, 2008, on Weiland's own Softdrive Records.[2] Produced by Doug Grean and Weiland, with select tracks recorded by Steve Albini, the album features guest appearances by Paul Oakenfold and No Doubt members Adrian Young, Tony Kanal, and Tom Dumont.[3] Oakenfold appears on a cover of David Bowie's "Fame". Weiland cited Bowie as one of his main influences.[citation needed]

This is Weiland's final main solo album featuring original material released during his lifetime, as his next and final solo album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2011) only featured covers of traditional Christmas songs.

Musical style and lyrics[edit]

In an interview with The Pulse of Radio regarding the album, Weiland stated: "It'll definitely be a sonic journey like the first album was, a little bit more focused since I'm not on a narcotic journey like I was on the last one. But, you know, still sort of all over the map, because my influences are so wide and varied."[4] In an interview with MTV News, Weiland stated that the songs on "Happy" in Galoshes were inspired by the death of his brother, Michael (who also played drums on a song on the album), and Weiland's separation from his wife of eight years, Mary Forsberg.[5]

Development[edit]

"Happy" in Galoshes was originally reported to be a double album, but in actuality, it is a single album that is being offered in a deluxe edition.

On September 17, 2008, Spin.com posted an exclusive stream of "Paralysis",[6] and the track "Missing Cleveland" was posted on Weiland's MySpace site. On October 24, Spin also posted another new song, "Crash".[7] On October 27, rockdirt.com released the video for "Paralysis", which features actress Paz de la Huerta.[8] On November 18, the album became available to preview on Scott Weiland's MySpace page. A series of 4 webisodes directed by Rocco Guarino were released on scottweiland.com to promote the single "Crash".

"Missing Cleveland" was the first single released from the album on November 11. On February 17, it was announced that fans could vote for the album's second single. The candidates for the voting are "Paralysis", "Blind Confusion", and "Killing Me Sweetly".[9]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[10]
Blender[11]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[12]
Rolling Stone[13]
The Skinny[14]

"Happy" in Galoshes debuted at number 97 on the Billboard 200, selling 10,500 copies in its first week. The album received a 3.5/5 score from Rolling Stone magazine and a four out of a possible five from AllMusic. Entertainment Weekly was not as approving, giving it a C− score.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Missing Cleveland"Doug Grean, Scott Weiland4:13
2."Tangle with Your Mind"Garry Gary Beers, Weiland3:42
3."Blind Confusion"Grean, Weiland4:22
4."Paralysis"Grean, Weiland, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young3:50
5."She Sold Her System"Grean, Weiland4:31
6."Fame" (David Bowie cover feat. Paul Oakenfold)Carlos Alomar, David Bowie, John Lennon3:26
7."Killing Me Sweetly"Grean, Weiland4:33
8."Big Black Monster"Grean, Weiland3:23
9."Crash"Grean, Weiland3:47
10."Beautiful Day"Grean, Weiland5:09
11."Pictures & Computers (I'm Not Superman)"Grean, Weiland6:49
12."Arch Angel"Grean, Weiland4:38
13."Be Not Afraid" (Catholic hymn untitled track)Bob Dufford6:20

Deluxe edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Missing Cleveland"4:13
2."Tangle with Your Mind"3:42
3."Blind Confusion"4:22
4."Paralysis"3:50
5."She Sold Her System"4:31
6."Blister on My Soul"4:08
7."Fame" (David Bowie cover feat. Paul Oakenfold)3:26
8."Killing Me Sweetly"4:33
9."Big Black Monster"3:23
10."Beautiful Day"5:09

Disc two[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Crash"3:51
2."Hyper-Fuzz-Funny-Car"3.29[15]
3."The Man I Didn't Know"4:33[15]
4."Sometimes Chicken Soup"3:59
5."Somethings Must Go This Way" (Paloalto cover)4:45
6."Pictures & Computers (I'm Not Superman)"6:49
7."Sentimental Halos"5:35
8."Reel Around the Fountain" (The Smiths cover)5:25
9."Arch Angel"4:38
10."Be Not Afraid" (Catholic hymn untitled track)6:20
11."I Know It's Too Late" (iTunes-only track)4:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Scott Weiland – lead vocals, keyboards, piano
  • Doug Grean – guitar, bass
  • Adrian Young – drums, percussion
  • Michael Weiland – drums
  • Matt O'Connor – drums, percussion
  • Joseph Peck aka Panhead - steelpans, drums, percussion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harper, Kate (November 4, 2008). "Scott Weiland Is Happy In Galoshes". CHARTattack. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "Scott Weiland on Solo Album: If It Turns off Stone Temple Pilot Fans, So Be It". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. September 23, 2008. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Available Now!". Scottweiland.com. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Scott Weiland To Release '"Happy"' In November". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. September 2, 2008. Archived from the original on September 6, 2008.
  5. ^ Harris, Chris (November 11, 2008). "Scott Weiland's New Solo LP Is A 'Hodgepodge' Inspired By Marital Woes And Brother's Death – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Exclusive Stream: Scott Weiland, "Paralysis"". SPIN.COM. September 17, 2008.
  7. ^ "Exclusive Song: Scott Weiland, "Crash"". SPIN.com. October 24, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Scott Weiland 'Paralysis' Video". rockdirt.com. October 27, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  9. ^ ""Not Dead & Not For Sale" In Paperback July 10, 2012". Scottweiland.com. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  10. ^ Thomas, Stephen (November 25, 2008). "Allmusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  11. ^ Eddy, Chuck. "Album Reviews of the Week: The Killers, Ludacris and Scott Weiland!". Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  12. ^ Simon Vozick-Levinson (November 19, 2008). "Happy in Galoshes Review – Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  13. ^ "Happy In Galoshes : Scott Weiland : Review". Rolling Stone. May 3, 2009. Archived from the original on May 3, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  14. ^ Dave Kerr (January 7, 2009). "Scott Weiland – "Happy" in Galoshes". The Skinny. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Muziek – Myspace Music". Imeem.com. December 8, 2011. Archived from the original on May 13, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2011.