Happy Songs for Happy People

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Happy Songs for Happy People
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Studio album by Mogwai
Released 17 June 2003 (2003-06-17)
Studio CaVa Studios (Glasgow, Scotland)
Genre Post-rock
Length 41:52
Label
Producer
Mogwai chronology
Rock Action
(2001)
Happy Songs for Happy People
(2003)
Mr Beast
(2006)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press5/5[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Mojo5/5 stars[5]
NME8/10[6]
Pitchfork7.1/10[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[10]
Uncut3/5 stars[11]

Happy Songs for Happy People is the fourth studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai.

Overview[edit]

Happy Songs for Happy People represents a further evolution of Mogwai's toned down, more electronic sound: all songs are based on electric guitars and live drums, but synthesizers are used frequently and often take the main stage on this album, with strings and piano also making the occasional appearance. The songs on the album are subdued, with the only exceptions being the towering "Ratts of the Capital," and the closer "Stop Coming to My House".

Mogwai's usual vocalist Stuart Braithwaite does not sing on this album at all. Barry Burns ("Hunted by a Freak", "Killing All the Flies") and John Cummings ("Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep") accept vocal duties, however nearly all the vocals are heavily processed and incomprehensible.

Release[edit]

The CD release of Happy Songs for Happy People contains a demo version of Cubase and the individual tracks for each instrument in "Hunted by a Freak" allowing remixing and reconstructing of the song.

The pre-release MP3s of the album circulating on the net had a sample of Happy Tree Friends cartoon main theme mixed in at the end of the last track. Some of the fans were frustrated buying the released CD afterwards and not finding the sample there.[citation needed]

A computer animated video was released for the song "Hunted by a Freak", depicting a person throwing pets to their death.

In 2009 it was awarded a gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 100,000 copies throughout Europe.[12]

The song "I Know You Are But What Am I?" is used as the closing of Episode 8, Season 1 of the TV show Person of Interest and also appears on the Wicker Park motion picture soundtrack. The song "Kids Will Be Skeletons" was featured in the 2015 video game Life Is Strange.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mogwai (Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch, Barry Burns and John Cummings).

No.TitleLength
1."Hunted by a Freak"4:18
2."Moses? I Amn't"2:59
3."Kids Will Be Skeletons"5:29
4."Killing All the Flies"4:35
5."Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep"3:05
6."Ratts of the Capital"8:27
7."Golden Porsche"2:49
8."I Know You Are but What Am I?"5:17
9."Stop Coming to My House"4:53
Total length:41:52
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
10."Sad DC"4:34
Total length:46:26

Personnel[edit]

Mogwai
Additional musicians
  • Luke Sutherlandviolin on "Killing All the Flies" and "Stop Coming to My House", guitar on "Ratts of the Capital"
  • Caroline Barber – cello on "Hunted By a Freak", "Moses? I Amn't" and "Golden Porsche"
  • Donald Gillian – cello on "Killing All the Flies"
  • Scott Dickinson – viola on "Killing All the Flies"
  • Greg Lawson – violin on "Killing All the Flies"
Production
Artwork and design
  • Uncontrollable Urge – cover
  • Divine Inc – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 91
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 47
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[16] 6
US Billboard 200[17] 182
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[18] 9
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[19] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Happy Songs For Happy People by Mogwai". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Happy Songs for Happy People – Mogwai". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People". Alternative Press (181): 94. August 2003. 
  4. ^ Peschek, Dave (13 June 2003). "Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People". Mojo (116): 98. July 2003. 
  6. ^ Jonze, Tim (13 June 2003). "Mogwai: Happy Songs For Happy People". NME. Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Carr, Eric (18 June 2003). "Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People". Q (204): 109. July 2003. 
  9. ^ Blashill, Pat (24 July 2003). "Mogwai: Happy Songs For Happy People". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Mogwai". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 551. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ "Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People". Uncut (74): 111. July 2003. 
  12. ^ http://www.impalamusic.org/arc_static/docum/04-press/2008/PR%20-%2020080910.htm
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mogwai – Happy Songs for Happy People". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Mogwai Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Mogwai Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Mogwai Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 June 2018.