Make You Happy 1981-1993

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All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
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: 612657006726
  • Catalog Number: 67

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boys in Town (2:49)
  2. 2 Girlfriends (3:12)
  3. 3 Only Lonely (3:24)
  4. 4 Science Fiction (3:32)
  5. 5 Siren (Never Let You Go) (2:28)
  6. 6 I'll Make You Happy (3:21)
  7. 7 9.50 (3:10)
  8. 8 Pleasure and Pain (3:55)
  9. 9 Good Die Young (3:36)
  10. 10 Sleeping Beauty (3:40)
  11. 11 Hey Little Boy (3:01)
  12. 12 Back to the Wall (4:30)
  13. 13 Temperamental (4:29)
  14. 14 I Touch Myself (3:46)
  15. 15 Love School (5:23)
  16. 16 I'm on Your Side (4:12)
  17. 17 Wild Thing (4:08)
  18. 18 Ain't Gonna Eat out My Heart (4:30)
  19. 19 Love Is the Drug (4:32)
  20. 20 Love in Motion - Christina Amphlett (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Divinyls Primary Artist, 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
The 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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