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Black Happy

Alternative Rock
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA

“Black Happy began as a Christian heavy metal band named Sacramen in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. After a novelty funk song with a horn section became more popular than their normal repertoire, the group reorganized as the funk/metal Black Happy with guitarists Greg Hjort and Paul Hemenway, lead singer Paul Hemenway and bass player Mark Hemenway joined by drummers Scott Jessick and Jim Bruce, trombonists Jay Carkhuff and Mike Hasseries, and saxophonist Daryl Elmore.

The new group recorded a 7-inch single and signed to the Pacific Inland label, which released debut album Friendly Dog Salad in 1991. Two years later, Black Happy signed with Macola, recording the Peghead full-length and the EP Shoveljerk. Despite sold-out shows throughout the Northwest and the attention of most major labels, the group splintered in late 1994, with Paul Hemenway, Mark Hemenway and Greg Hjort re-forming as Shoveljerk. In late 1995, Capricorn Records released The Last Polka, a collection of live tracks and outtakes.”

(from https://www.allmusic.com/artist/black-happy-mn0000770490)

Discography

1990 Dry And Confused / Up The Faith Yo! Menzer Wax
1991 Friendly Dog Salad Pacific Inland Records
1993 Peg Head Macola Record Co.
1993 Shoveljerk EP Macola Record Co.
1995 The Last Polka Capricorn Records

Dry And Confused / Up The Faith

1990 Yo! Menzer Wax (YM0001)

Bass – Mark Hemenway
Drums – Scott Jessick
Guitar – Tony Parisi
Percussion – Jim Bruce
Saxophone – Daryl L'more
Trombone – James Niels, Jay Carkuff, Mike Hasseries
Vocals – Paul Hemenway

Produced by Black Happy and Greg Gower
Engineered by Greg Gower

  1. Dry And Confused (3:20)
  2. Up The Faith (2:55)

Friendly Dog Salad

1991 Pacific Inland Records (PR 001)

Produced by Black Happy and Brian Crain

  1. Garlic (3:10)
  2. Washcloth (3:23)
  3. One Fine Automobile (3:43)
  4. Basically Wrong (4:09)
  5. Such Much Suck (4:19)
  6. Black Radio (2:57)
  7. Two Hands And A Hat (2:56)
  8. Moflo (4:03)
  9. The New One (5:31)
  10. F-Word (2:54)

Peghead

1993 Macola Record Co. (MRC-1161-2)
1995 Capricorn Records (42044-2)

Scott Jessick - Drums
Jim Bruce - Drums
Jay Carkhuff - Trombone
Mike Hasseries - Trombone
Paul Hemenway - Vocals, Guitar
Greg Hjort - Guitar
Daryl Elmore - Saxophone
Mark Hemenway - Bass

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Neil Kernon
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt

Capricorn reissue has the cover image printed in white. The original Pacific Inland / Macola release had a black-on-black cover image.

  1. Bubbles (0:44)
  2. Bullmonkey (3:46)
  3. Shoveljerk (4:32)
  4. Spirit (4:11)
  5. Holly Would (3:17)
  6. Chicken In A Biscuit (2:56)
  7. Home (6:09)
  8. 3-Day Weekend (3:24)
  9. Mrs. Berri (3:13)
  10. Shuckin' The Jive (4:43)
  11. A. Bedini (0:39)
  12. Yes…And It Counts (6:18)
  13. Myself (3:27)
  14. The Life And Times Of… (3:58)

Shoveljerk EP

1993 Macola Record Co.


The Last Polka

1995 Capricorn Records (42046-2)

Mark Hemenway - Bass
Jim Bruce - Drums
Scott Jessick - Drums
Greg Hjort - Guitar
Paul Hemenway - Guitar
Jay Carkuff - Trombone
Mike Hasseries - Trombone
Paul Hemenway - Vocals

Sequenced and mastered by Tony Gross at GFI Studios, Rochester, New York
All songs written by Black Happy except “Toys In The Attic” written by Steve Tyler/Joe Perry

  1. Three Day Weekend (live) (3:26)
  2. Dry And Confused (live) (3:18)
  3. Garlic (live) (3:15)
  4. Country (live) (4:17)
  5. Such Much Suck (live) (4:43)
  6. Dry And Confused (studio) (3:19)
  7. Up The Faith (2:54)
  8. Parenting (4:04)
  9. Straight (4:58)
  10. Sweeping Where the Carpet Used To Be (3:30)
  11. Mambo Jambo (5:10)
  12. One Time (4:06)
  13. Toys In The Attic (2:55)
  14. Hitting The Floor (2:23)