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Album Review

Co-produced by Steve Fisk and the Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan and Gary Lee Conner, Beat Happening's brief, brilliant sophomore effort significantly expands the trio's horizons without sacrificing any of their naïve charm. Sporting a fuller, more intricate sound and stronger songs than their debut, Jamboree crystallizes the trio's love-rock aesthetic in its embryonic stages; veering sharply from the idyllic drones of the perennial "Indian Summer" to the poignant crush-pop of "Cat Walk" to the indie-party classic "Midnight a Go-Go," each cut is a marvel of innocence and ingenuity.

Customer Reviews

Underremembered.

Beat Happening deserves to be recognized by the modern mainstream and indie rock circles. They made a vital contribution to American indie rock and helped lay the foundation for all kinds of bands to be able to make a career out of music. Though they never really learned how to play, they didn't have to. They knew how to communicate through music unlike most other bands. Jamboree, while not a perfect or consistent record, is one of the most listenable Beat Happening albums. It has classic songs--"Indian Summer", of course, is probably their most loved song, and for good reason--it's one of the best written pop songs of the last 30 years.

Beat happening is delicious.

mmmm. his voice is like cornbread and stew. fulfilling.

some people

some jerks dont get beat happening. which is why beat happening existed. they were in-your-face BEACAUSE they weren't proficient. that was the point. if you arent cool enough to appreciate this then please dont comment on it because jerks like you aren't meant to listen to this.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Olympia, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Beat Happening was among the truly seminal and influential American bands of the post-punk era, a paragon of pop minimalism, rebellious innocence, and indie defiance. The linchpin of the Olympia, WA-based International Pop Underground, they adopted a stance in direct opposition to the accepted norms at the heart of rock music; ignoring all notions of pretense, professionalism, and stardom, Beat Happening created an unorthodox, raw sound which democratically rotated vocal, guitar, and drum duties...
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