We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy [Explicit Lyrics]

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We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy is Reel Big Fish's first album in three years. But if the title isn't a giveaway, this feels more like an embittered farewell than a triumphant return. The artwork features a bonfire built from mangled instruments, the band fight against a sinking ship, and frontman Aaron Barrett sings angrily about his band, thankless fans, record industry stupidity, and a few ex-girlfriends. And yet, as they did with the 1996 hit "Sell Out," Reel Big Fish attach their cynicism to buoyant melodies, ringing guitars, and charming inflections of their third-wave past. For a band so angry about their state of being, Reel Big Fish sure seem game to keep ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy is Reel Big Fish's first album in three years. But if the title isn't a giveaway, this feels more like an embittered farewell than a triumphant return. The artwork features a bonfire built from mangled instruments, the band fight against a sinking ship, and frontman Aaron Barrett sings angrily about his band, thankless fans, record industry stupidity, and a few ex-girlfriends. And yet, as they did with the 1996 hit "Sell Out," Reel Big Fish attach their cynicism to buoyant melodies, ringing guitars, and charming inflections of their third-wave past. For a band so angry about their state of being, Reel Big Fish sure seem game to keep plugging away, and this conflicted sentiment makes We're Not Happy confusing. "One Hit Wonderful" begins with a montage of "flashback lunch" radio DJs and snippets of "Sell Out" before slamming fickle fans into an Irish drinking song sway. "Last Show" pulls even fewer punches -- "I've learned my lesson/I'll never follow my dreams again," Barrett sings -- but it's one of We're Not Happy's hookiest tracks. Even the covers are telling, as Big Fish fry up ska-punk'd versions of Social Distortion's "Story of My Life" where they sound exactly like Smash Mouth and Morrissey's "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful." Another cover, Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," misses the point completely. What do Reel Big Fish really want? Opener "Fire" is a refreshing blast in the vein of classic Operation Ivy, but it also considers the futility of making music. Then there's the self-explanatory "Don't Start a Band." It has none of the veteran's tone of warning, à la Less Than Jake's 2003 LP Anthem; it just hammers home record biz shenanigans over another sunny ska-punk hook. "Turn the Radio Off" is the final word, denouncing the industry, radio, its "zombie" listeners, and seemingly by association, Reel Big Fish themselves. And naturally it's super catchy.
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  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Mojo / Jive
  • UPC: 828766792423
  • Catalog Number: 67924

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Reel Big Fish Primary Artist
Dan Regan Trombone, Group Member
Matt Wong Bass, Group Member
Aaron Barrett Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Scott Klopfenstein Guitar, Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
John Christianson Trumpet, Group Member
Justin Ferreira Drums
Technical Credits
Tracy Chapman Composer
Social Distortion Composer
Morrissey Composer
Dan Regan Composer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Alain Whyte Composer
Reel Big Fish Arranger, Composer
Mike Ness Composer
Chaz Harper Mastering
Matt Wong Composer
Aaron Barrett Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Scott Klopfenstein Composer
Vince Pileggi Management
Denise Trorman Art Direction
Beau Burchell Engineer
Shawn Sullivan Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jesse Alvarado Engineer
David Irish Engineer
Lars Stalfors beats
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Look Who Has Another Amazing Album

    "We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy" is a truley incredible album. You should go buy it. Reel Big Fish has done it agian with another amazing display of that happy fun ska that we all love so much. Plus if you want to listen to a funny song "Your Guts (I hate them)" is the song for you! You should most deffinitly order this album...Right Now! Enjoy! You will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A.W.E.S.O.M.E

    this album is simply an amazing work of art ive had my friend tell me he doesnt like it because"the sounds changed" BUT I DONT care rbf is great and this is definently their greatest album yet

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