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We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy
     

We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy

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by Reel Big Fish
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
Label:
Mojo / Jive
UPC:
0828766792423
catalogNumber:
67924

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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
Alain Whyte   Composer
Reel Big Fish   Arranger,Composer
Mike Ness   Composer
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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We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago