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Hip Hip

Hip hip – Hurrah!

I’m not sure why, but i’ve signed myself up to make mixtapes for people i don’t know and can’t internet-stalk their tastes in things. An international trade in disappointment. And tardiness. Anyway it reminded me of my favourite mix ever made – one that wasn’t ever made sonically, but as a list of songs in the first issue of Matt Haynes’ Are You Scared To Get Happy zine. Of course i sourced the zine and compiled every song on the list myself through the internet 20 years after the fact, but it still for some reason seems personal and as much a candidate for my favourite gift ever given.

I tried to get every song to match which version Matt was probably listening to when he compiled his list, which means to original 7″ versions a lot of the time. However, i don’t know for sure, so things might not be exact. When in doubt i just put my preferred version on there. He does break the rule of not having more than one song by the one band (four Hurrah! songs), but you get the feeling he was drawing from a very limited field of things that excited him, so that’s excused. And access to things that excited you back then was a short course game. He and Clare hadn’t yet come along with their effort to consolidate and promote as much of the burgeoning it they could through their Sarah Records. This song is the first song from it, and also where his zine got its name.
Here. It’s here.

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Hip Hip

Hip hip – Hurrah!

It was record fair day today and, getting up at 6, spending the day away, this is a little late. A good day, but no Hurrah! records. It would been have high, foolish optimism to have expected them. As is becoming something of a tradition, here was today’s haul, all of it reasonably priced:

7″
Call me every night – Jane Aire and the Belvederes
Red head walking – Beat Happening
Transmissions on the teen-c tip! – Bis
Sweet shop avengerz – Bis (yellow cover)
Limp – Drop Nineteens
Two more songs – Grab Grab The Haddock
Tell that girl to shut up – Holly and the Italians
Makes no sense at all – Hüsker Dü
Skillex – Kenickie
Light of day – Love Positions
Life cycle – Nausea
Paramania – The Parasites
Spitfire – Rapunzel Gets Down
Iggy Pop’s jacket – Those Naughty Lumps
Little piggies and cows EP – Thrilled Skinny
Spazz rockdance inferno – Truman’s Water
L’amour est bleu – Vicky
Two lines – Ya Ya Choral
Edsel Auctioneer/Breed split on Clawfist
Th’ Faith Healers/Mambo Taxi split on Clawfist
v/a – The 26th.

12″
Happy Birthday – Altered Images
Playing with a different sex – Au Pairs
The Briar Rose EP – Choo Choo Train
Action reaction – Get Smart! (find of the fair for me!)
Watery, domestic – Pavement
the Shop Assistants LP
A real-life story of teenage rebellion – Weston
Solid state survivor – Yellow Magic Orchestra
v/a – Stars Kill Rock
the EEC Punk Rock Mountain Sarah Records bootleg

Nothing over $20. Cool. I’m cool.

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Hip Hip

Hip hip – Hurrah!

The best (music) zine that ever existed took its name from a line in this song. Or rather appropriated it. “Are you scared to get happy?” abstracted from Hurrah’s original message, broadened, holding the whole lifeless, poker-faced world responsible for the sorry state of successful, supported, hip, hip, music. Are you scared to be visibly happy in a world that doesn’t value it? It was through Are You Scared To Get Happy? that Hurrah! were made indispensable to me, long before i even had the chance to hear them, yet long after the zine and the band themselves existed.

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The Sun Shines Here

The sun shines here – Hurrah!

Where? Though it is actually a nice day today, not that i’ll do anything with it. I could bring about the smell of fresh cut grass if i were to mow it. I could bring about a lot if i were to ever do anything. Ho hum.

Just what is that chimey instrument in this song? A zither? But what kind? In the video for this song Hurrah!’s drummer (i think) plays it instead of drumming – a testament to how cumbersome and annoying it is to bring ones kit anywhere.

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