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Slapp Happy


Avant-garde pop band, formed 1972 in Hamburg, Germany, relocated to England in 1974, where they worked with Henry Cow for two albums. In 1975, singer Dagmar Krause officially joined that band, while the other two members of Slapp Happy quit. Briefly reunited in 1997.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Peter Blegvad
14-Aug-1951   Slapp Happy, Leviathan
Dagmar Krause
4-Jun-1950   Slapp Happy, Henry Cow
Anthony Moore
1948   Slapp Happy


Sort Of (1972, Polydor (DE))
1Just a Conversation
2Paradise Express
3I Got Evil
4Little Girls World
6Mono Plane
7Blue Flower
8I'm All Alone
9Who's Gonna Help Me Now
10Small Hands of Stone
11Sort Of
12Heading for Kyoto

Recorded with Faust. Rereleased in 1981 by ReR with the bonus track "Alcohol". Rereleased in 1999 on cd with the bonus track "Jumping Jonah".

Casablanca Moon (1974, Virgin (UK))
1Casablanca Moon
2Me and Paravati
3Half-Way There
6Me Rainbow
7The Secret
8A Little Something
9The Drum
11Slow Moon's Rose

Originally recorded in 1973 in Germany with Faust. Slapp Happy's label at the time, Polydor, refused to release the album, so the band moved to England and re-recorded it for Richard Branson's fledgling Virgin label, where it was a success. The original mix was finally released in 1980 as Acnalbasac Noom:

Acnalbasac Noom (1980, Recommended (UK))
1Casablanca Moon
2Me and Parvati
3Mr. Rainbow
5The Drum
6A Little Something
7The Secret
9Half-Way There
10Charlie 'n Charlie
11Slow Moon's Rose

The CD version includes the 1982 reunion single "Everybody's Slimmin'", "Blue Eyed William", "Karen", and "Messages".

In Praise of Learning (1975, Virgin)
2Living in the Heart of the Beast
3Beginning: The Long March
4Beautiful as the Moon - Terrible as an Army With Banners
5Morning Star
6Lovers of Gold

Collaboration with Henry Cow.

Desperate Straights (1975, Virgin)
1Some Questions About Hats
2The Owl
3A Worm Is at Work
4Bad Alchemy
6Desperate Straights
7Riding Tigers
8Apes in Capes
11The Excerpt from the Messiah
12In the Sickbay
13Caucasian Lullaby

Collaboration with Henry Cow.

Ça Va (1998, V2)
1Scarred for Life
2Moon Lovers
3Child Then
4Is it You?
5King of Straw
6Powerful Stuff
7A Different Lie
9Silent the Voice
10Working at the Ministry
11The Unborn Byron
12Let's Travel Light

Camera (2000, Blueprint (UK))
1Who, How, Where, When, Why?
2That Morning
3Please Step Quickly In
4Your Exemption Isn't Recognized
5I Have Given up Trying to Decide
6I've Come into a Country
7It's Been Night in Here for Years
8Camera Is Rising
9It's Possible
10To Commemorate Your Visit
11It's Painful, Beautiful
12Well I See You're Grateful
13It Seems So Long Ago
14The Office
15I Heard Every Word
16Exit Mr. Taft
17The Light of the World
18Now the Prison's on the Outside
19What Was That?
20Here in Camera
21What Was Camera? A Chimera
22Forecast Was Weak
23My Exemption Is Withdrawn
24I Said Freeze
25Melusina Asked for Water (A Recipe a...
26But Taft Is Still at Large
27Alright Melusina
28Your Sacrifice Is Meaningless
29Now You Know as Much as I

Soundtrack to Slapp Happy's BBC tele-opera Camera (recorded 1991, broadcast 1993). Credited to "Dagmar Krause/Anthony Moore/Peter Blegvad", though only Krause performs on this recording, as the character Melusina.

Live in Japan - May 2000 (2001, FMN (JP))
1King of Straw
2Slow Moon's Rose
4Riding Tigers
5Small Hands of Stone
7Is It You?
8Casablanca Moon
9Moon Lovers
11A Little Something
12I'm All Alone
13The Unborn Byron
14Scarred for Life
15Who's Gonna Help Me Now?
16Let's Travel Light

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