Make You Happy 1981-1993

Make You Happy 1981-1993

by The Divinyls
     
 

Make You Happy 1981-1993 is another excellent best-of compilation of down under rock from Raven Records, the label that was co-founded by walking Oz Rock encyclopedia Glenn A. Baker back in 1980. Despite a couple of holes (no "In My Life" or "Dear Diary"), a pair of weak -- though commercially successful -- covers ("Wild Thing," See more details below

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Make You Happy 1981-1993 is another excellent best-of compilation of down under rock from Raven Records, the label that was co-founded by walking Oz Rock encyclopedia Glenn A. Baker back in 1980. Despite a couple of holes (no "In My Life" or "Dear Diary"), a pair of weak -- though commercially successful -- covers ("Wild Thing," "Love Is the Drug"), and nothing from the band's 1996 disc, Underworld, Make You Happy still captures the essence of pretty much everything the Divinyls were: immensely talented, exciting, capricious, sexy, and naturally rebellious. The band's first four full-length albums are well represented: Desperate (1983), What a Life! (1985), Temperamental (1988), and diVINYLS (1991). It's a shame that the Ds' recording history was so sporadic, largely a function of the revolving-door lineup and, more directly, the volatile personalities of the two core members, inventive guitarist Mark McEntee and raunch-girl supreme Christina Amphlett. But the friction caused by the constant clashes between the two was also the catalyst for the Divinyls' music, and that atomic energy comes through on Make You Happy. The song that first drew attention to the band, the raucous and saucy hit "Boys in Town" (which was featured in the 1982 Australian film Monkey Grip), opens the disc and lights the fuse. When Amphlett -- a feral femme fatale if ever there was one -- sings "I am just a red brassiere to all the boys in town," it's part snub and part tease, which was pretty much her stock in trade. And she has just the right voice to pull it off -- one of the most unique female voices rock has known, in fact. Sometimes silken, often abrasive, with the occasional yodel notes and ear-catching inflections, it was a creature unto itself. Also here are a live version of "Only Lonely," the very-'80s pop of "Science Fiction" (think Missing Persons), the balls-out rocker "Siren (Never Let You Go)," a meaty cover of the Easybeats' "I'll Make You Happy," the inadvertently ironic "Pleasure and Pain," and the quasi-pretty "Sleeping Beauty." The band's most widely known song, the lascivious headline-grabber "I Touch Myself," is another highlight. And many fans will appreciate the inclusion of "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart" from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack. Make You Happy does justice to the Divinyls' range -- they rarely put out a pair of songs that sounded alike -- emphasizing both the depth of their creativity and their unflinching determination to go their own way, consequences and record labels be damned. A fine encapsulation of a very important Australian band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1997
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657006726
catalogNumber:
67

Tracks

  1. Boys in Town  -  Divinyls
  2. Girlfriends  -  Divinyls
  3. Only Lonely  -  Divinyls
  4. Science Fiction  -  Divinyls
  5. Siren (Never Let You Go)  -  Divinyls
  6. I'll Make You Happy  -  Divinyls
  7. 9.50  -  Divinyls
  8. Pleasure and Pain  -  Divinyls
  9. Good Die Young  -  Divinyls
  10. Sleeping Beauty  -  Divinyls
  11. Hey Little Boy  -  Divinyls
  12. Back to the Wall  -  Divinyls
  13. Temperamental  -  Divinyls
  14. I Touch Myself  -  Divinyls
  15. Love School  -  Divinyls
  16. I'm on Your Side  -  Divinyls
  17. Wild Thing  -  Divinyls
  18. Ain't Gonna Eat out My Heart  -  Divinyls
  19. Love Is the Drug  -  Divinyls
  20. Love in Motion  - Christina Amphlett

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Divinyls   Primary Artist
Icehouse   Track Performer
Christina Amphlett   Vocals,Track Performer
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
Mark McEntee   Guitar,Vocals
Bjarne Ohlin   Guitar,Keyboards
Jeremy Paul   Bass
Charlie Drayton   Drums
Tim Millikan   Bass
Richard Harvey   Drums

Technical Credits

Divinyls   Producer
Steve Jones   Composer
Bill Laswell   Producer
Homer Banks   Composer
Charley Drayton   Producer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Matthew Hughes   Contributor
Frank Infante   Contributor
Kenny Lyon   Contributor
Roger Mason   Contributor
Mark Opitz   Producer
Jeff Phillips   Contributor
David Tickle   Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Concept
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Warren Barnett   Mastering
Alan Duffy   Artwork
Greg Klein   Artwork
Tim Powles   Contributor
Mark Meyer   Contributor
Gilli Moon   Composer
Charlie Owen   Contributor
Lee Borkman   Contributor
Jerome Smith   Contributor

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