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Music: Beat Happening

Beat Happening is an American indie pop band from Olympia, Washington. They are an influential band in the lo-fi and twee pop movements. Their lead singer, Calvin Johnson, was one of the founders of seminal independent label K Records, which was Kurt Cobain's favorite label.


Beat Happening provides examples of:

  • Basso Profundo: Calvin's voice can go pretty deep in song.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Though "Indian Summer" sounds innocent and somewhat childish, it features a few surprisingly suggestive lyrics, such as "I'll drink from your drain" and "boy tasting wild cherry".
    • These lyrics may simply be aligned with the puerile capriciousness and innocence of the song.
  • Fiery Redhead: "Red Head Walking"
  • New Sound Album: 1993's You Turn Me On is a huge departure from the soft twee pop of Jamboree, especially on "Godsend," a 9-minute droning riff-based song.
  • Non-Appearing Title: There's no mention of a "derby" in "Pine Box Derby"... the lyrics are all about the "pine box rock" (which of course would lead to Refrain from Assuming).
  • Three Chords and the Truth: The band was known for its minimalistic sound