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Washington, D.C. (1987 – 1988)

Happy Go Licky was a short-lived reunion of Washington, D.C. rock music group Rites of Spring. The band formed in spring of 1987 and broke up after their final show at D.C.’s 9:30 Club on New Year’s Day in 1988. The last song they performed at that show was the Rites of Spring song Drink Deep. (That was the only time the group performed a Rites of Spring song).

Though comprising the same personnel as Rites of Spring (Eddie Janney and Guy Picciotto on guitar and vocals, Mike Fellows on bass and vocals and Brendan Canty on drums) their music was vastly different. Happy Go Licky was far more experimental, often incorporating tape loops and sound effects into their live performances; their songs were often largely or entirely improvised, and featured unusual structures. Lyrically, it appeared that the members were moving away from the emotionally-charged themes that were prominent in their earlier work; in some ways, the vague and abstract lyrics of Happy Go Licky foreshadowed the lyrical work of Guy during his tenure in Fugazi. This, along with the artsier sound of Happy Go Licky, certainly showed a transitional phase in Washington, DC from “”-type bands like Rites of Spring and the experimental of Fugazi.


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  • xelfx

    probably because of absence of studio albums

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I love this. Rites of Spring goes full experimental and its great! Why is this so ignored?

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • swishyBrainzees

    Geckoisred postin something in russian hehehehe

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • conraddson

    In Soviet Russia, music doesn't understand you

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • groovebastard

    Seriously fucking love this

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • LifeHatesMe

    Boring but not bad at all.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • alex_lol

    Russians... Russians are everywhere.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • anarchyof77

    'Cause russians DO understand good music, that's the reason.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Geckoisred

    postin something in russian

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • scafandr

    чарующе на самом деле. с райтс оф спринг не буду сравнивать, это немного другое, как мне кажется

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Fyn_X

    первый раз слушал - не зацепило. второй раз - проникся...но некоторые вещи всё равно не понимаю

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • LynXsh

    гораздо лучше спрингов...

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Fyn_X

    не так хороши как спринги, но всё же)

    28 Jan 2010 Reply
  • pandaredski2

    please listen to my garage spun awkward kasyou punk;

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • larrybob

    The first time I saw Fugazi, I yelled out a request for Torso Butter. Ian did a double-take because he was so used to people yelling out requests for Minor Threat songs, and he responded - Who is that?

    17 Apr 2008 Reply

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