Friday, October 31, 2008

Weekend Listomania (Special Sweet Emotion Video Edition)

Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental rentboy amanuensis Hop-Sing and I have returned, exhausted, from the land of the Ignoble Frog, and are consequently going to spend the rest of the weekend in bed.

Hey, I mean sleeping. Seperately. Get your minds out of the gutter.

But in any case, posting by moi will be completely not happening until Monday.

Thus, in my absence, here's a little project for us all:

Coolest Post-Elvis Song or Record Referencing The Emotion of Happiness or the Word Happiness Itself (Title or Lyric!!!)

No arbitrary rules this time -- just smile, please! And please remember: Our ongoing project to insert Billy Corgan's pretentious cueball noggin into every Weekend Listomania will resume next time.

And my totally top of my head Top Seven is:

7. The Rolling Stones -- Happy

A/k/a "Keith's Song." Obvious, I know, but what can you do.

6. The Edwin Hawkins Singers -- Oh Happy Day

If memory serves, John Lennon's favorite record of 1969 (along with Dave Edmunds "I Hear You Knockin'," which of course has no thematic connection whatsoever).

5. Neil Innes --How Sweet to Be an Idiot

A/k/a "The George W. Bush Song." Okay, a cheap shot...

4. Dashboard Confessional -- Standard Lines

"Hope you're happy." Not a particularly great song, but included just so we can have something recorded in this century...

3. Small Faces -- Happiness Stan

My second favorite song on the third greatest concept album of the 60s.

2. The Who -- Happy Jack

"I saw ya!"

And the number one coolest song about that up and positive feeling, there's not even a contest you MFs, so don't bug me, obviously is --

1. The Beatles -- I'm Happy Just to Dance With You

As with "I Want to Hold Your Hand," the title may not be 100 percent honest about the singer's intentions, but a delightful song and sentiment in any event, don't you think?

Awrighty then -- and what would your choices be?

[Shameless Blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania [theme: great female ensemble casts] is now up over at Box Office. As always, if you could see your way over there to leave a comment, an angel gets its wings.]


Anonymous said...

Without a doubt:

I Hope You're Happy Now - Elvis Costello

dave™© said...

"Sad Song" by Lou Reed (from "Berlin")

"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" from the Smiths

"I'm Not Angry" by Elvis

dave™© said...

Oh, here's another good one: "(You Caught Me) Smilin'" by Sly, from "There's a Riot Goin' On". All about someone walking in on Sly when he was shooting up ("hangin' loose/'cause you ain't used/to seein' me/turn on!")

Wild stuff...

TJWood said...

Let's get two "glad" ones in there:

"Glad All Over"--Dave Clark Five


and let's add "Glad To See You Go" by the Ramones for extra measure

Other "happy" songs coming to immediate mind:

"Ten Feet Tall"--XTC (references happiness throughout the lyric)

"Happier Than The Morning Sun"--Stevie Wonder

"Everybody's Gonna by Happy"--The Kinks,

and kind of a left-field choice,

"Happy 'Cause I'm Going Home"--from the third Chicago album

Anonymous said...

Im into something good -hermits hermits
Happy Together - turtles
Shiny Happy People - REM

Anonymous said...

Stupidly Happy - XTC

Happiness Runs - Donovan

You Make Me So Very Happy - Blood Sweat & Tears

Anonymous said...

Stupidly Happy - XTC

Happiness Runs - Donovan

You Make Me So Very Happy - Blood Sweat & Tears

steve simels said...

gummo said..

You Make Me So Very Happy - Blood Sweat & Tears

Go to your room, young man.

Anonymous said...

Happiness is a warm gun -beatles
Good Day Sunshine - beatles

Noam Sane said...

I assumed Al Green's "Love and Happiness" would be on the list...but it didn't even make the comments yet! So here's a nice Soul Train performance from the 70s.

Ren & Stimpy also had some thoughts on the subject back in the day.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Anonymous said ...

Im into something good -hermits hermits

I second that and in a similar vein nominate ...

She's Got Everything -- Kinks

Anonymous said...

A most appropriate band for today:

Smash It Up/I Just Can't Be Happy Today - The Damned

David said...

Sinister But She Was Happy--Robyn Hitchcock
Everybody's Happy Nowadays--The Buzzcocks
Happy NIghtmare Baby--Opal
The Happy Song (Dum Dum)--Otis Redding
Happy Day--Talking Heads
and finally, Happy Everafter by the sadly unheralded Liverpool outfit known as Shack

Unknown said...

michael stipe & rain phoenix - happiness (from the movie of the same name):

stones- flight 505
('i was happy here at home')

kirsty maccoll- soho square
('why can't we just be happy baby')

nirvana- lithium

ok, i'm now 4-for-4 with depressing songs that have the word 'happy' in them. better quit while i'm ahead.

Feral said...

Cream - I'm so Glad
Three Dog Night - Joy to the World (eewwww)
Neil Young - The Old Laughing Lady
Harry Nilsson - Joy & Jump Into the Fire (We can make each other Happy...)

And a couple that the title fits, but the lyrics aren't particularly happy...

The Undisputed Truth - Smiling Faces
The Guess Who - Laughing

Anonymous said...

Page France - Chariot

Anonymous said...


cuddlefish said...

These songs make me happy :)

"Happy Boy" - The Beat Farmers
"Happy Ending" - First Floor Power
"Happy When It Rains" - The Jesus and Mary Chain
"Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)" - John Lennon
"I Wanna Make You Happy" - Josie and the Pussycats
"Happy Faces" - The Maccabees
"The Only Happy Boy In Copenhagen" - Moi caprice
"Happy To Be With You" - The Skids
"I'm Happy" - Thee Headcoatees
"Miss Happiness" - Walt Mink

"Sunshine Smile" - Adorable

And then she smiled
Just for fraction of a little while
And everything was warm again inside
She's got a sunshine smile
The kind that warms up the corners of my cold room
She's got a sunshine smile
The kind that makes you forget again

Anonymous said...

Only Happy When it Rains - Garbage

Sarah Smile - Hall & Oates (I know, I know ... )

She Smiled Sweetly - Stones

Just One Smile - B, S & T

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello

Anonymous said...