Lisa Germano – Happiness

ARTIST: Lisa Germano                                   Happinessgermano

TITLE:  Happiness

YEAR RELEASED: 1993, 1994


SINGLES: You Make Me Want to Wear Dresses


LINEUP: Lisa Germano, Kenny Aronoff, Malcolm Burn, Bill Dillon, Daryl Johnson, Ronald Jones, Jay Joyce, John Keane, Toby Myers, Giles Reaves

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: John Mellencamp’s violinist’s second solo album is a spooky, eerie, creepy delight.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Her first independent release turned some influential heads, and Lisa Germano found herself with a recording contract by Capitol Records. Still part of John Mellencamp’s band, she delivered this album to Capitol, and the single “You Make Me Want to Wear Dresses” got some attention, then a shakeup left her album without any support.happiness2

Germano got the rights back, and gave the record to 4AD, who tinkered with the running order and added and subtracted cuts, and re-released it. The result is a fascinating work that has a lot of tones, textures, and musical motifs that create a unique work of art – not poppy but not avant garde.

The lyrics are clever and compelling. The first line of the revised record is “You wish it was sunny / but it’s not / hahaha!” Those kinds of lines keep you guessing and involved. This is a great solo record that sounds fresh now.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The Capitol single was renamed “The Dresses Song”

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, an EP was released later that year and appended to this record for a while..

GRADE: A:  The more I listen, the more I like.


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