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MarkR: an update to a thread a few weeks back about CDs from the band Black Happy (being out of print, and unlikely to ever be available again…) Apparently they were able (miraculously) to work out a deal with the record label to allow them to produce CDs without a HUGE up-front payment. A limited number of them are now available at blackhappy.net and should be for sale at their upcoming Spokane & Seattle shows (if they don’t sell out via the website first).
Question: Interested in picking up some Black Happy music?
It is no exaggeration to say that the BLACK HAPPY REUNION SHOW is the biggest music event happening in Spokane this summer — even if you don’t know who the hell they are. Fifteen years have passed since the CdA/Spokane band broke up — 20 years since its first show. And Paul Hemenway, singer/guitarist for the band, says they thought that mile marker was a great reason to do a reunion. “All eight original band members will be together onstage for the shows, so it’s great for us to reconnect as a band and play together again,” he says. So far two of the Seattle shows — on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 at the Crocodile Café — are sold out. A third was added last week (and was not sold out at press time). The Spokane show will be held at the Knitting Factory on Aug. 6. (Tickets are still on sale at ticketfly.com.)/Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here (scroll down).
Question: Do you plan to attend the Black Happy Reunion Show?
- Best Local Band All-time: 61 of 118 respondents (52%) said the 1960s “Fabulous Shadows” is the best all-time local band, followed by the Kelly Hughes Band (31 of 118, 26%), and Black Happy (24 of 118, 20%). Two respondents chose other groups.
- Tuesday Poll: 58 of 88 respondents (66%) said they would vote for Justice Roger Burdick, if the Idaho Supreme Court election occurred today. 30 of 88 respondents (34%) would vote for challenger John Bradbury.
- Today’s Question: Should the Coeur d’Alene School District schedule teachers to have an hour of collaboration first thing Monday mornings?
Jimmy Mac, the (Black Happy) boys (now men I guess :) tried HARD to get their CDs reprinted/reissued, especially in light of the reunion shows this summer, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. The story is long and complicated, but from what I understand, it turns out it would cost them > $30,000 just to be allowed to have new CDs printed (not including the CD manufacturing costs) … the only upside is that same process is what made the music FINALLY available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. I’d been pushing them to do that for a few years.
JimmyMAC: OTV’s review of The Long Ear reminded me to post something I’ve been meaning to forever but keep forgetting. Does ANYONE know where I can get a copy of Black Happy’s Peghead? I would think someone on here would have one available that I could burn or something. In case some of you are not familiar, Black Happy was a killer band from CDA in the 90’s. My last copy broke about a year ago and I have check everywhere including the Long Ear but haven’t been able to find a copy. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it.
Question: Was Black Happy the best Coeur d’Alene band ever? Or was “The Shadows,” featuring Dexter Yates and Jim Frame back in the ‘60s better? (You can answer that question or tell JimmyMAC where he can get a copy of Black Happy’s “Peghead.”