Happy Go Licky

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Happy Go Licky
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Post-hardcore[1]
Years active 1987-1988
Labels Dischord Records/Peterbilt Records
Associated acts Rites of Spring, One Last Wish, Fugazi, The Faith, Mighty Flashlight
Past members Guy Picciotto
Eddie Janney
Mike Fellows
Brendan Canty

Happy Go Licky was an American post-hardcore band formed in the spring of 1987, and which broke up after their final show at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club on New Year's Day in 1988.[2] The group was a short-lived reunion of the renowned D.C. hardcore band Rites of Spring (active from 1984–1986). Happy Go Licky ended their career by performing the Rites of Spring song, "Drink Deep," the only time the group performed a Rites of Spring song.

Though comprising the same personnel as Rites of Spring (Eddie Janney and Guy Picciotto on guitar and vocals; Mike Fellows on bass and vocals; Brendan Canty on drums), their music was vastly different from their earlier incarnation. Happy Go Licky was far more experimental, often incorporating tape loops and sound effects into their live performances; additionally, their songs were often largely or entirely improvised, and featured unusual structures.[3]

Their short life span did not allow Happy Go Licky to ever get into a recording studio; however some taped live performances were initially released in 1988 as a 12 inch on Peterbilt records that is now out of print. More recently a larger selection of their performances was assembled and released on Dischord Records as Will Play.[2]


  1. ^ Falcón, Mon (November 24, 2008). "De ventrílocuos impostores - De Fugazi, o de Ian MacKaye". Librodenotas.com (in Spanish). Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Happy Go Licky". Dischord Records. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Owings, Henry H. "HAPPY GO LICKY". Trouser Press. Retrieved 27 November 2010.