Side 1: Seattle / Rules and Regulations / The Body / Save
Side 2: Hard Times / Open and Revolving / Angry / Fat Chance
Hotel / Save Me (unlisted Instrumental)
Label & Catalogue
Virgin. V 2455
Highest UK Chart Position:
Vox - John Lydon
Guitar - John McGeoch
Guitar / Misc - Lu Edmonds
Bass - Allan Dias
Drums - Bruce Smith
Single LP, with one sided inner sleeve featuring lyrics.
All tracks were newly written for the album. A short unlisted instrumental
of 'Save Me' is also included at the end of 'Fat Chance Hotel'.
All tracks written by Dias, Edmonds, Lydon, McGeoch & Smith
Published by EMI 10 Music Ltd. © Virgin Records 1987
This was the first album by the 'new' PiL. Written the previous
year while the band toured with 'Album'. Although there would be
a few changes the core line-up of Lydon, McGeoch & Dias would
last for over six years - something of a record for PiL!
Apparently 'Fat Chance
Hotel' is based on a true story ("The dinner gave me the
Produced by Gary Langan & PiL
Great Linford Studios, Milton Keynes, UK
Sleeve Painting: Richard Evans.
Concept by John Lydon ("inspired by the work of Friedenreich
Well, to all intents and purposes, 'Happy' was like our first album.
Before we made the album, we'd toured for a year-and-a-half or something.
We started to make the album in '87, and writing together was just
an organic development from the way we were working together on
the 'Album' material on tour. Initially, there was a little bit
of trepidation about this big move of having a band, but after a
couple of months we realised it was working out. There's a kind
of exuberance on 'Happy?'.
- John McGeoch, Sounds 1990
I think there was potential
for Happy? to be a great album but I think we had the
wrong producer, I mean Gary Langans a very good producer,
a really nice guy, but he was the wrong guy. Because in the end
he ended up squashing all the scruffy bits, that were so
beautiful about Metal Box and Album. All
the space and the scruffy bits, that was the beauty, the size of
PiL, it was always huge. And what Gary did was he filled it all
up, so everything was all sort of Art of Noise, because thats
what he was in before. So he was a very funny choice…
- Lu Edmonds, Fodderstompf 1999
19th September 1987