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L-to-R: Calvin, Heather, and Bret
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Beat Happening is an American Indie Pop / Post-Punk band from Olympia, Washington. They are an influential band in the lo-fi and twee pop movements. The band is signed to the seminal independent label K Records, a favorite of Kurt Cobain, and founded by lead singer Calvin Johnson.


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).
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  • Three Chords and the Truth: The band was known for its minimalistic sound.

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