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Catherine Wheel (shoegazing Group) - Happy Days - Cd

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Blowing away any hint of its shoe-gazing past, Catherine Wheel have matured into a swaggering, boys-with-big-guitars outfit capable of turning on the style and mainstream appeal. "Little Muscle" and "Shocking" are standout songs. --Jeff Bateman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001EDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Catherine Wheel - Happy Days (1995)

This is heavy, guitar-driven rock. HAPPY DAYS has much more of a conventional rock sound than the dreamier atmospheric guitar wash of previous albums, but the music is far from typical. The album tackles the subject of self-indulgence (not unfamiliar ground for CW) both celebrating it and portraying its ups and downs. Relationships are also explored as well as drug behavior and self-destructive thinking.

As good as the heavy songs are (most fit that description), the slow songs might be the best. "Eat My Dust You Insensitive F***" has a quiet power that really grabs hold while "Fizzy Love" is encircling, sensuous and sexy, and its string section is brilliant, too. Each song is truly great except for the limp "Shocking" and "Judy Staring At The Sun." "Judy" isn't bad though and I do like Tanya Donolly's guest vocal although it was slightly better before Rob Dickenson stole one of her lines (that she originally had on an early promo tape of the album that I have). It just goes to show his selfish trip is for real, I guess! My favorite song is the joyous adrenalin rush "Love Tips Up" although I tend to favor the darker material.

I really dig male singers with sexy voices especially Jim Morrison, Gavin Rossdale and CW's Rob Dickenson. This despite the fact that I'm a heterosexual male. I guess it has something to do with imagining the singer is me . . . anyway, I have no doubt I'm not the only one who thinks that Rob fits into this category. There's something hedonistic, almost luxurious about his deep, dreamy voice. His songs sound quite convincing and I imagine he's singing from a place of experience. It may take a listener who's "been there" to fully appreciate these songs, but anyone can jam on this excellent rock 'n' roll.
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This is the Catherine Wheel's least accessible album. It is just too abrasive for the most part. It has some excellent tracks, though: God inside my head, Heal, Eat my dust..., and Judy Staring at the Sun are some of their best, but the rest are rather tough going. I totally agree with the other reviewer who said that most of the tracks sound like bad Smashing Pumpkins; too fast & harsh. But if you're a CW fan, you'll like at least some of this.
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By A Customer on April 15, 2003
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As with some of Catherine Wheel's albums, this one takes a little getting used to. Once it starts to grow on you, however, there is no denying the true genius in their music. This album definitely isn't their easiest one to conform to quickly. If you are looking for a good Catherine Wheel starter album, try Ferment first. That was my first exposure to Catherine Wheel and it was one of those albums that you learn to love on the first listen, from beginning to end.
Happy Days has quickly jumped to the top of the list when I think of the best albums from Catherine Wheel. It has a good mixture of songs. I like to consider it a blend of song types from both Ferment and Chrome; some hard songs and some beautiful slower tunes. The gutiar and vocals that are found in almost every Catherine Wheel song makes any album worth the purchase.
I wouldn't recommend Happy Days for the first time Catherine Wheel buyer, but it is definitely a must have for anyone that is remotely familiar with their music. Songs like Hole, Kill My Soul, Shocking, and God Inside My Head qualify this album as money well spent....
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This is the first Catherine Wheel CD I got. I didn't really want it. I wanted Ferment, or Chrome, or Adam and Eve. I bought it anyway, it was used. I now own Chrome, Ferment, and Like Cats and Dogs too, but you know what, my favorite CW CD is Happy Days. To me, this CD is way more lively and interesting than the others. I love all of CW's stuff, but this is by far the best. All the songs are excellent, but my favorite is Judy Staring at the Sun. This is a fabulous song, well written, beautiful music, great vocals, and a lot of emotion. Tonya adds a lot to the song. The whole CD is great from start to finish. I highly recommend this CD to any modern rock fan. If I was stranded on a desert island, and I could only have five CDs with me, I would most definitely pick Happy Days.
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With _Happy_Days,_ The Catherine Wheel temporarily tried on a more indulgent hard rock approach, with giant guitars and pummelling drum production, but they deftly balanced it out with layers of subtlety and an obvious underlying intelligence. More of a "rock record" than anything before or since, but is no less of a great Catherine Wheel record because of it. Think of Sugar doing renditions of never-before-heard Pink Floyd songs -- big but tasteful guitars on top of powerful, melancholy songwriting (I hope I'm not the only one who hears definite elements of Pink Floyd in their song structures). One of my favorite albums.
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Time hasn't been very kind to many bands' sadly-strained 90s attempts at superstardom, and this is Exhibit A. A steaming mess of a record, channeling the momentum of two amazing previous efforts by turning into... Nirvana soundalikes. Is this what their label told them would "sell"? Yet another thing about the 90s I won't miss: focus-group record label hounds sniffing at piles of cash. Can you imagine the meeting of the minds that went into creating this turd?

This might be one of the only albums I've ever heard where each song is filler. No tracks are keepers and everything is instantly forgettable.

"Eat My Dust" should be singled out for particular criticism because, come on, you had 2/3 of Talk Talk in the studio and you came out with that and "Fizzy Love"? Atrocious.

To say that anyone from Talk Talk was even partially responsible for "Fizzy Love" is an affront to music.

"Recieve", which I used to think was really heavy and cool, now reveals itself to have the single most melodramatic vocal performance ever recorded. And most of the songs, especially "God Inside My Head" and "Empty Head", have the most unintentionally hilarious and reprehensible lyrics you've ever read. Just rotten.

Arrogance abounds. Did he really just vocalize "ooo ee ooo ee ooo" over top of "Little Muscle"? Yes, he did. Or how about the nonstop inconsequential yelling and screaming throughout the last half of "Eat My Dust", ruining the album's only truly interesting moment? Or near-yodeling on "Kill My Soul"? Or that spiffy logo on the cover? Such a red flag: a band with a logo, slapped on artwork by the dudes who did Pink Floyd covers. Really. When the crummy artwork costs your label a small fortune, you know you're doing it wrong.
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