Happiness (Goldfrapp song)

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"Happiness"
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Single by Goldfrapp
from the album Seventh Tree
Released 14 April 2008 (2008-04-14)
Format CD single, digital download,
7" picture disc
Genre Folktronica[1]
Length 4:17 (album version)
3:37 (single version)
Label Mute
Writer(s) Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory
Producer(s) Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory
Goldfrapp singles chronology
"A&E"
(2008)
"Happiness"
(2008)
"Caravan Girl"
(2008)

"Happiness" is a song by the English duo Goldfrapp from their fourth studio album, Seventh Tree (2008). Written and produced by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, the song was released as the album's second single on 14 April 2008. It was featured in advertisements for the newly rebranded SyFy network.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Happiness" was directed by Dougal Wilson.[3] The video features a young man, dressed in a white suit, jumping joyfully around Addington Square in Camberwell, South London. The video, a homage to the "Street Dance" sequence from the 1953 American musical film Small Town Girl, begins with Alison Goldfrapp sitting on the front steps of a house when suddenly the young man appears jumping up a set of steps next to her. Goldfrapp makes additional cameo appearances in the video as a black-haired bus traveller, a policewoman, a topiarist, and a braided flower stand keeper. Will Gregory makes similar appearances as, among others, a street sweeper and a postman. The video concludes with the cast of background characters coming together along with the young man, who then jumps in a circle with young children and a dancing dog. In the final scene, two elderly people—Goldfrapp and Gregory—arrive to join the revelry.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD 1

(CDMUTE392; Released 14 April 2008)

  1. "Happiness" (Single Version) – 3:38
  2. "Road to Somewhere" (Acoustic Version) – 3:48
UK CD 2

(LCDMUTE392; Released 14 April 2008)

  1. "Happiness" (Beyond the Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation) – 7:49
  2. "Monster Love" (Goldfrapp vs. Spiritualized) – 5:36
  3. "Eat Yourself" (Yeasayer Remix) – 2:25
UK 7" picture disc

(MUTE392; Released 14 April 2008; Limited edition)

A. "Happiness" (Single Version) – 3:36
B. "Happiness" (Metronomy Remix featuring The Teenagers) – 4:08
UK iTunes EP #1

(Released 14 April 2008)

  1. "Happiness" (Single Version) – 3:37
  2. "Happiness" (Metronomy Remix featuring The Teenagers) – 4:10
  3. "Happiness" (Beyond the Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation Edit) – 6:58
  4. "Happiness" (Live at the Union Chapel) – 4:42
UK iTunes EP #2

(Released 14 April 2008)

  1. "Happiness" (Single Version) – 3:37
  2. "Road to Somewhere" (Acoustic Version) – 3:49
  3. "Monster Love" (Goldfrapp vs. Spiritualized) – 5:37
  4. "Eat Yourself" (Yeasayer Remix) – 2:26

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Happiness":[4]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
European Hot 100 Singles[5] 81
UK Singles Chart[6] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goldfrapp review: An hour's enough for skulking diva". The Scotsman. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  2. ^ YouTube "House of Imagination"
  3. ^ Knight, David. "Goldfrapp's Happiness by Dougal Wilson". Promo News. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2008. Archived May 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Seventh Tree (CD liner notes). Mute Records. February 2008.
  5. ^ "Goldfrapp Album & Song Chart History – European Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats – Goldfrapp – Happiness". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 

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