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Beat Happening

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Our Secret
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What's Important
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Down At The Sea
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I Love You
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Fourteen
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Run Down The Stairs
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Bad Seeds (Live)
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In My Memory
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Honey Pot
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The Fall
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Youth
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Don't Mix The Colors
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Froggy Eyes
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Bad Seeds
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I Let Him Get To Me
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I Spy
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Run Down The Stairs (2)
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Christmas
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Fourteen (2)
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Let's Kiss
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1,2,3
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In Love With You Thing
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Look Around
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Bonus Track
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Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 45:59

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Cute, sure, but dangerous, too

CaptainLate

This record manages to be both cute and sexy, thanks to Calvin Johnson's inimitable voice and off-kilter pop songwriting. "Foggy Eyes" is adorable, "Bad Seeds" is a defiant anthem. Yeah, it's for devoted indie-pop fans, as an above review suggests, but I haven't met any indie-pop fans who aren't devoted -- or who don't love this record.

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I get this.

fontor

Sit down, and I'll tell you how things were back in the old days. See, in the 80's, when all this punk rock, hair metal, new wave stuff was going on, everyone wanted to be cool. After all, people had been so uncool for so long. Then about mid-1986, some people became post-cool: letting their childlike and sometimes dorky selves out. But Beat Happening were already there, with their songs about nascent relationships, riding around on bikes, and the strange newness of adolescence and life in general. The rest is history.

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like others said... THE Beat Happening!

freeimprov

I first encountered this band upstairs at a small coffeehouse in Iowa in 1986 or so, pretty much by accident. A few hipster friends were fans, but this was my first listen. I was knocked out by their minimalist, almost childlike approach to pop (what's called "twee" today). They really stripped pop to its bare minimum and then played their hearts out. This album is the recording. Lots of it sounds like they're huddled around a portable cassette recorder (remember those?), probably because they were. It's full of mistakes, bad recording, and wonderfully brilliant songs. In a way, this is folk music as pure as anything tracked on lacquer in the Deep South 50 years earlier. If you can turn off modern expectations of "quality", you'll be rewarded with sweet, sweet music.

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*the* beat happening album

happyrobot

in my mind, this is *the* Beat Happening album. if you like BH, but don't have this LP you are missing a big chunk of some of their best work.

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Wow!

Chunk

The emusic review for this amazing cd is way off. If you've got open ears you'll be blown away by crazy, scary, creepy, soothing, beautiful, sexy tunes compiled here. Two to three years of early genius. A prelude to two indie classics: "Dreamy" and "Black Candy." I lost this cd four or so years ago, and find myself thinking about it more than I probably should.

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Who Are…Eternal Summers

By Lindsay Zoladz, Contributor

When I get the two founding members of Virginia power-poppers Eternal Summers on the phone, they're living up to their name. Drummer and occasional vocalist Daniel Cundiff is house-sitting for a friend in rural Roanoke, recovering from the band's just-wrapped East Coast tour by "hanging out, watching movies" and — the leisurely activity he's engaged in during our interview — playing fetch with his friend's dog in the backyard ("Ahh, sorry, there are some ants… more »

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It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

By Tobi Vail, Contributor

When I was 16, Calvin Johnson (K Records) asked me to drum for Beat Happening on their upcoming U.K.tour. I asked my parents if it was OK for me to drop out of high school and go on tour. My dad said it was, under one condition: I had to prove that I could support myself. He arranged for me to stay with my grandparents, where I did piecework in a cucumber field owned by… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Beat Happening can’t be given credit for creating the indie pop genre, but they certainly gave it life in America. This, their first album, is indie pop in its purest form: fuzzy bedroom recordings of simplistic, cutesy songs, with intentionally innocent and juvenile lyrics, which Calvin Johnson belts out with one of the most endearingly bad voices in music history. Their later albums sport better songwriting and are more listenable from a production standpoint, but Beat Happening is as twee and charming as this type of music can get. 1983-85, its CD reissue (with a few live songs and early recordings added), is for devoted indie pop fans only. – Nitsuh Abebe

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