Happen Happened

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
In March 1981, South Bay, CA, teenager Michael Quercio formed the Salvation Army, a punky, psych-influenced garage band that took most of its stylistic and musical cues from Lenny Kaye's Nuggets anthology. Before the year was out, the Salvation Army had a single out on the Minutemen's New Alliance label, a new guitarist Greggory Louis Gutierrez, and a batch of new songs to demo. After this demo was played on Rodney Bingenheimer's massively influential Rodney on the ROQ radio show, Lisa Fancher signed the Salvation Army to her Frontier Records and released the trio's self-titled debut in May 1982. The philanthropic organization took umbrage and the Salvation Army politely ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
In March 1981, South Bay, CA, teenager Michael Quercio formed the Salvation Army, a punky, psych-influenced garage band that took most of its stylistic and musical cues from Lenny Kaye's Nuggets anthology. Before the year was out, the Salvation Army had a single out on the Minutemen's New Alliance label, a new guitarist Greggory Louis Gutierrez, and a batch of new songs to demo. After this demo was played on Rodney Bingenheimer's massively influential Rodney on the ROQ radio show, Lisa Fancher signed the Salvation Army to her Frontier Records and released the trio's self-titled debut in May 1982. The philanthropic organization took umbrage and the Salvation Army politely changed their name to the meaningless but suitably psychedelic the Three O'Clock, replaced drummer Troy Howell with ex-Quick drummer Danny Benair, added keyboardist Michael Mariano, and transformed themselves into the leading lights of the paisley underground, a phrase invented by Quercio that's dogged him ever since. Fancher reissued the Salvation Army album under the clever name Befour Three O'Clock after the group misguidedly left Frontier for IRS, and in 1992, collected the full album, that pivotal five-song demo, and all four songs recorded during the sessions for the New Alliance single for a comprehensive collection of every Salvation Army studio recording. As such, Happen Happened named for the trippy A-side of that single, which appears in two versions is a priceless document of the early days of the L.A. psych-pop revival scene. Fans of the Three O'Clock's much glossier music might be surprised by the punky speed and noisy guitars, but the simple two- and three-chord songs are bracing and surprisingly melodic, and flashes of Quercio's skewed lyrical bent are already visible in songs like "While We Were in Your Room Talking to Your Wall." Six songs are repeated, though there are only notable differences in a couple of cases and invariably the album versions are superior to the demos. Regardless, this is both a definitive historical collection and a great piece of early-'80s post-new wave punk-pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/1993
  • Label: Frontier Records
  • UPC: 018663104928
  • Catalog Number: 31049
  • Sales rank: 80,554

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happen Happened (3:04)
  2. 2 For Hours (2:36)
  3. 3 Fight Songs (2:15)
  4. 4 Mind Gardens (2:45)
  5. 5 She Turns to Flowers (2:15)
  6. 6 Grimly Forming (3:26)
  7. 7 The Seventeen Forever (1:52)
  8. 8 Going Home (1:50)
  9. 9 Cellophane Nirvana (1:56)
  10. 10 She Turns to Flowers (2:33)
  11. 11 Upside Down (2:10)
  12. 12 The Seventeen Forever (1:58)
  13. 13 Mind Gardens (2:36)
  14. 14 Grimly Forming (3:30)
  15. 15 While We Were in Your Room Talking to Your Wall (3:23)
  16. 16 Minuet (1:49)
  17. 17 Happen Happened (2:58)
  18. 18 I Am Your Guru (2:51)
  19. 19 Going Home (1:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Befour Three O'Clock Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Michael Quercio Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
John Blazing Guitar
Troy Howell Drums, Kalimba
Gregg Gutierrez Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
The Salvation Army Producer
Lisa Sutton Repackaging, Packaging
Diane Zincavage Packaging
Phil Kach Engineer
Allan Kaufman Engineer
Ricky Start Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    The Band That Formerly Shared Its Name With The (Real) Salvation Army!!!

    I ordered and bought a copy of this CD a few years back and it's great. First, to those who may be new to this band, I'll provide their brief history. Befour Three O'Clock is the (alternate) band name of front man/bassist/vocalist Michael Quercio's Californian outfit from the early 1980s. Apparently as their name reads on the cover and prior to their name change, they were initially known as the Salvation Army (which they were prompted to drop due to the possibility of legal action taken by that charitable organization). This is my first (at least, partly) punk-pop CD. The first four songs feature that punky-pop sound but it wouldn't be long before they dove their way into neo-psychedelia. In fact, they were among the neo-psychedelic bands who were apart of the Paisley Underground, which was a movement dedicated to specializing in recreating certain sub-genres/sounds from the 1960s, which resulted in psychedelic folksy rock. Anyway, some of the tracks on this release come in both demo and studio versions, and few of the tracks weren't issued until this arrived. This makes for a great listen, from start to finish. Quercio's vocals remind me of those by Mitch Easter from Let's Active. Anyone who's already into the best alternative rock will enjoy this. It grabbed me and I'm sure it will do the same for others. I'm not sure if they can still be considered the same group (aside from the name switch and the personnel changes), but when they became the Three O'Clock, they continued with the neo-psychedelic style for their EP and first two albums, which I also love. I'd recommend those also. And if nobody who may be reading this has heard of Quercio's next band, Jupiter Affect (which he formed in the late '90s after vanishing from the music scene for a few years), I say take a chance on them as well. They're on the very same level (if not a higher one than) as Quercio's old group. Get yourself a copy of this while you still can. Not to be missed. It's just stellar!!!

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