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10/17/2006

Happy Rhodes - FYI, all 11 of Happy's albums are now on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/user/happyrhodesalbums#grid/user/95237FC5497C5450

Plus, all of Happy's albums can be heard free via streaming audio at:
http://rhodesongs.com/music

Full-length concerts can be seen on her MySpace page (click View My...Videos under her picture):
http://www.myspace.com/happyrhodes

This is all written by a fan (Vickie). I have blanket permission to place Happy's music anywhere I want. She hates self-promotion and just wants her music to be heard. She's not trying to "make it" or whatever such ambitions are expected of a female singer-songwriter-musician who makes music because it's what she loves to do.

She lives on a farm in upstate New York and finally released her 11th album, and her first since 1998's Many Worlds Are Born Tonight, called Find Me (now on CD Baby and iTunes). 

Happy Rhodes started making music when she was 11, when her mother gave her a guitar to play with. She started writing music soon after, and had become an accomplished songwriter by the time she was 14.

At 17 she began working as an apprentice engineer at a recording studio. The studio's owner heard her voice and songs and gave her free time to record everything she'd written up to that point. He introduced her to Kevin Bartlett, who owned Aural Gratification, a small, cassette-only label to release his own albums. He persuaded her to gather up all the individual songs and release them on his label. They found that she had enough for 3 albums (which became Rhodes I, Rhodes II, and Rearmament) and soon after came a 4th, Ecto. The "1st4" were released on hand-dubbed cassettes for several years before they were re-released on CD in 1992.

In 1991 Happy released Warpaint, her first album conceived and recorded as an album, and the first to be released on CD. Warpaint was followed by Equipoise, RhodeSongs (a compilation of earlier songs, plus some rarities and a cover of Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes"), Building The Colossus and The Keep, a beautiful compilation of acoustic versions and more rarities).

In 1997 Happy recorded the lush and science-fiction tinged Many Worlds Are Born Tonight. It was recorded mostly at home with the vocals recorded in her bathroom. She and Aural Gratificaton parted ways and Happy signed with a new label called Samson Music. They provided the artwork, a wide release, a small amount of promotion and a few live showcases for Many Worlds, then dropped her because they didn't know how to market her music and realized that she didn't fit in with their vision of the label's future.

On her own now, Happy released her 11th album, Find Me, funded by day jobs and self-released. She and her husband, musician Bob Muller, are building a home studio so that Happy will have an easier time of making music in the future. 

Some musicians might be connected to Happy and not even know it. Her "day job" is hand-assembling high-end equipment for Dangerous Music.

It's my desire to share her music with as many people and in as many ways as possible. Thank you for listening.

- Vickie

Song samples site: http://wretchawry.com/happy/samples 
100 Years
Weighted Rating: [12 Votes, 4.11 Stars]
Views: 1,804
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Liner Notes
Richie Isaacs [2/15/2009 5:02:06 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
I am thoroughly enjoying going thru Happys material(so to speak!)..I'm supposed to be in bed as I have my music theory course tomorrow but I want one.more.listen...
lachrymal [7/14/2007 9:37:11 AM EST]
Score: +0
Trippy.
chickadee [1/28/2007 7:34:35 PM EST]
Score: +0
Interesting, poetic, mysterious, and, as usual, Top of the Fizz
chickadee [1/13/2007 7:35:50 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
I like this band. Always interesting and very professional sound.
nectarine [1/3/2007 2:14:08 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
nice job!
Mr. Bratty [12/22/2006 2:12:44 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
i love this song
markfrimmel [12/13/2006 10:33:56 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
Interesting song. Brilliant clear vocal. Nice. You win the ambient award in my book
DonnieDarko [11/21/2006 3:05:04 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2 stars
Original which is good... some untasteful uses of fx... some tasteful use of fx... tasteful is overshadowed by extra weird #@&%! though...
hard to say what exactly...take out miscellaneous rhythmic souds id say for sure...and growling sounds...entrance of melismatic vocal line is really nice...get there sooner maybe...ebowed guitar is nice in the background...100 years part sounds like a childs chant...has symbolic sound that u should be aware of.
shannon [11/4/2006 8:34:05 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1.5 stars
uh nah , it aint me babe
mikebritt [10/20/2006 6:01:47 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
this doesn't sound like portishead, it sounds like hooverphonic
Throgmorton [10/17/2006 9:24:12 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
Theme is interesting of a computer breaking down on the deserted space station, but to me the lyrics and repeated delivery of the "Every day comes
Every day goes A hundred years and nobody shows" chorus thing
sound like a gimmicky Broadway show. Some interesting computer noises etc around 240+. Like some of the harmony overdubs like 'Am I a memory'. Absolutely Love the Madame Butterflyesque thing thrown in near the end. Man if you did some more of that and less of the cutesy chorus, this would appeal to me much more. Incredible variety of voice and vocal skill. Very well produced, and some great parts. Totally pro and talented, I just can't get by the lyrics and overrepetition of that chorus to rate this higher.
unklesam [10/17/2006 7:26:12 PM EST]
Score: +0
this is definitely worth featuring!
TheBuyer [10/17/2006 4:54:13 PM EST]
Score: +0
Seems alright, it works in Google reader like it's supposed to, I think. I don't use it for anything else really so you could be right, I wouldn't know.
Will H. Disney [10/17/2006 4:21:58 PM EST]
Score: +0
buyer: not really but I can go take a look. The RSS feed may still be f'ed up. Need to fix that.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/17/2006 4:07:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
itchybrother is right (thanks)...Portishead's first album was released in 1994. Happy had 7-8 albums by then (depending on release date. Portishead's Dummy and Happy's Building The Colossus were both released in '94). I love Portishead. Beth Gibbons is amazing.

Vickie
TheBuyer [10/17/2006 3:46:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
do you track the number of RSS fed songs that get plays Disney?
Mr. Bratty [10/17/2006 1:22:54 PM EST]
Score: +0
in fact, i am ripping it as we speak. for the non-ipod.
ScottT [10/17/2006 1:21:10 PM EST]
Score: +0
"The First Day" is a wonderful recording. This piece does have a similar quality.
Mr. Bratty [10/17/2006 12:26:08 PM EST]
Score: +0
what a trip. i've been listening to "the first day" by david sylvian & robert fripp the last couple of days. a lot of the same ethereal feel. except there was more than one person involved in the production of it! happy continues to amaze...
itchybrother [10/17/2006 11:51:33 AM EST]
Score: +0
not a fan of the style in general but it's perfectly done.

jfuchs...just so you know, Happy Rhodes was around long before Portishead ever recorded a note. Someone should go to the Portishead website and say, you guys ever hear of Happy Rhodes?
TheBuyer [10/17/2006 11:23:36 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Will H. Disney [10/17/2006 7:58:06 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Cool and trippy. Like the new band photo.
ScottT [10/17/2006 7:07:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
reminds me a little of Kate Bush's Experiment IV. Again another fine Happy song
sedrite [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Cool in 1983...a little slow in the 21st century...
lostear [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
My favorite Happy Rhodes song yet. Liked the song. Liked the circa '80s rush type lyrics. Loved the delivery of it all.
jfuchs [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Do you like Portishead? This, on first listen, sounds similar to their formula-- Hip-Hoppish Beats+Slow Soundscape=Genius. I'll have to listen more and get back to you...I don't know if this holds up...but like it...
aaronlife [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
cool, makes me feel like there's a lion in the bedroom closet
This too is from Many Worlds Are Born Tonight. I had to re-encode this to a lower bitrate so if you turn it up loud it doesn't sound as good as the original.

This is from the point of view of a sentient computer that's been abandoned on a deserted space station. It has nothing to do. It's gradually breaking down, knows it's breaking down, but can't fix itself.


100 Years

With no genetic code, so pathetic am I
Don't have the luxury of knowing someday I'll die
Is this this the second eden
Am I the new Adam

Vibrations of loves past, death and inventions...
all my wards. But they don't tell me my charge
Who leaves me
Who loves me...
After all?

Chorus:
Little things break, circuitry burns
Time flies while my little world turns
Every day comes
Every day goes
A hundred years and nobody shows

Little things break, circuitry burns
Time flies while my little world turns
Every day comes
Every day goes
A hundred years and nobody...

Call me the sentinel who guards and protects
Energies come and energies gone
These memory rifts
Is this the second eden
Am I another Eve?

Who does the download when my work is finished here?
My purpose is unclear...
Just a simple readout -
A little final directive would be nice...
After all.

Chorus

(P) & (c) 1998 Gold Circle Entertainment, Inc.
Published by Hovering Slab Music (BMI) and Samson Publishing
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

Booed Offstage (1)
terrance [10/24/2006 8:14:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1 star

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