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The Happiest Man Alive

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Released  1 April 1996
Genre  Lo-fi/Indie
Label  Baby Bird Recordings
Recorded  1990s
Length  60:09
Producer  Stephen Jones

The Happiest Man Alive was the fourth of five albums of home-made recordings, released by Stephen Jones under the name Baby Bird in 1995.

Contents

It was originally a limited edition release, but is now available as part of the 2002 CD box set The Original Lo-Fi. The album includes a version of the song "Candy Girl", subsequently a UK top-ten hit for Jones' band Babybird (written as one word).

Critical reception

"...an oblique sadist of spectacular talent. The Happiest Man Alive has an entire central nervous system of its own. It's a Frankenstein's monster of an album, gruesome and miraculous, stitched together from what would appear to be fragments of a dozen different psyches lodged inside one head." - Melody Maker

Track listing

All tracks written and composed by Stephen Jones.

  1. "Razorblade Shower" – 4:06
  2. "Sundial in a Tunnel" – 2:52
  3. "Little White Man" – 2:24
  4. "Halfway Up the Hill" – 4:36
  5. "Horsesugar" – 2:49
  6. "Please Don't Be Famous" – 3:30
  7. "Louise" – 2:31
  8. "Seagullably" – 2:54
  9. "Copper Feel" – 3:27
  10. "Dead in Love" – 3:50
  11. "Candy Girl" – 3:46
  12. "Gunfingers" – 2:45
  13. "Married" – 0:11
  14. "I Took a Drug" – 4:56 (not listed on the CD)
  15. "In the Country" – 2:47
  16. "Planecrash Xmas" – 3:14
  17. "This Beautiful Disease" – 4:08
  18. "You'll Get a Slap" – 3:16
  19. "In The Morning" – 2:12

Personnel

  • Stephen Jones – Instruments, Artwork
  • Colin Bradley – Tarted-Up-by
  • DED Associates – Artwork
  • D. Jones – Model
  • References

    The Happiest Man Alive Wikipedia


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