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What are bands that make you smile?

Postby bowlerhatman » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:21 pm UTC

I listen to music that reflects my mood and accentuates it. For instance, if I'm feeling depressed, I'll listen to, say, certain Iron & Wine or Sun Kil Moon, if I'm angry, I'll listen to Modest Mouse, if I'm wistful, Neutral Milk Hotel. The thing is, my life just got considerably better than it has been in the past, and I've realized I have woefully few happy bands. Basically I have the Flaming Lips and The Postal Service. Can anyone suggest bands (specifically bands, not songs) that are, at least most of the time, very happy? Artists in the same vein as the Flaming Lips.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby fersrs » Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:01 pm UTC

Bowling For Soup is my happy band. All their songs are the polar opposite of the popular world-hating music.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby kellsbells » Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:05 pm UTC

The Unicorns. Always and forever.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby ArchAngel1024 » Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:59 am UTC

They Might Be Giants, Gogol Bordello, Modest Mouse.

Those are my 3 main bands I listen to when I'm depressed, at least off the top of my head they are.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:06 am UTC

Orba Squara
Seriously, look them up. If you like Iron and Wine, you'd probably like them. "My Favorite Song" is criminally catchy.

Anathallo
I love this band so much. They never fail to make me happy. Listen to "A Great Wind, More Ash" first. The song "A Holiday at Sea" is one of the only songs to overwhelm me with sheer emotion and joy. They're a hand clapping, foot stomping, passionate marching band gone wild. They sing, shout for joy, and make their voices, hands, and feet instruments as much as any horn or guitar.

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The Decemberists
Iron and Wine
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Hammock (As the name implies, it's incredibly relaxing.)
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby rutebega » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:10 am UTC

Andrew Jackson Jihad and Wesley Willis make the only music that makes me laugh.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Melannen » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:58 am UTC

:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: Mozart :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

Hehe.. not sure that qualifies as a band tho

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Felstaff » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:04 am UTC

When I need to smile:

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby cyberia » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:32 am UTC

Caramell, Lasgo, Rollergirl, Unique II; any stupid, saccharine techno-pop.

Also: The Cure, The Smiths, The Whitlams, Van Morrison
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Felstaff » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:35 am UTC

cyberia wrote:The Smiths

The thread asks 'What Bands Make You Smile?'

Not 'What Bands Make You Want To Punch Morrissey In The Face?'
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby The Rumpled Academic » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:38 am UTC

Total happiness =

Half-Handed Cloud (particularly "Halos & Lassos".)

The Most Serene Republic (particularly "Underwater Cinematographer" - such exuberance is very rarely put to tape.)

I'm From Barcelona (particularly "Let Me Introduce My Friends".)

The Brunettes (particularly "Mars Loves Venus"; it is literally as twee and joyful as it sounds. ^_^)

Cloud Cult (particularly Feel Good Ghosts... of all of these recommendations, Cloud Cult come closest to that very philosophical, all-inclusive happiness the Flaming Lips possess, which doesn't ignore misery and hurt, but accepts them as part of what is, and smiles anyway.)

The Incredible String Band (particularly "5000 Spirits or the Layers Of The Onion". I honestly don't believe it possible to listen closely to songs like 'Little Cloud' and not smile. :D )

Herman Düne (just... just watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGAmnjZYxdU)

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby cyberia » Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:39 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:
cyberia wrote:The Smiths

The thread asks 'What Bands Make You Smile?'

Not 'What Bands Make You Want To Punch Morrissey In The Face?'


:D

I just like The Smiths. It's nice, happy, jangly music that makes me smile, especially on a Sunday morning after a big weekend.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby BobMacDhonnchaidh » Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:44 pm UTC

The Beatles
The Stone Roses
Van Morrison
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby cypherspace » Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:47 pm UTC

The Cat Empire, Sublime, The Pillows, The Revs, early Blur, Gogol Bordello, Seasick Steve, The Skatalites.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby ChocloManx » Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:27 pm UTC

Giles, Giles & Fripp; Tokyo Ska Paradise and The Beatles. Gentle Giant also has a very cool sense of humor, I mean look at this album cover (don't worry, it's actually a peach, children can see it) :P
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby TheAmazingRando » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:38 am UTC

Parliament. It's impossible to feel sad when you hear how much fun they're having.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby SirMustapha » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:03 pm UTC

Ween.

Okay, not all of their albums, but GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, The Mollusk and White Pepper are just lovely, good-humoured, sometimes really funny stuff. The Mollusk, in particular, is in all respects a masterpiece.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby drock » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:18 pm UTC

Tokyo Police Club.

When I'm feeling happy to be a douche I listen to "Box". When I feel the world is falling apart, I listen to "Citizens of Tomorrow".

They kind of have a dance-y happy song for every occasion.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:31 pm UTC

ArchAngel1024 wrote:They Might Be Giants


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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Aethernox » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:40 pm UTC

The Beatles, and Diablo Swing Orchestra(For reasons I can't place).

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby kanavazk » Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:40 pm UTC

Barenaked Ladies, Weird Al, Lemon Demon, Franz Ferdinand (???), and there's probably more but I forgot.

EDIT: I guess Lynyrd Skynyrd, but then I remember the plane crash.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:44 am UTC

Okay, I need to add Page France and Mates of State.

EDIT: Oh, yeah. How could I forget Feist?
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Gaz » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:01 am UTC

Cat Empire, John Butler Trio and early Living End. Not that new Living End is bad, but Second Solution is wicked.

EDIT: The Vines. Fo' sho'.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Vox Imperatoris » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:38 am UTC

Toy-Box—It is the most hilarious band I have ever heard...
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby kanavazk » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:43 pm UTC

Vox Imperatoris wrote:Toy-Box—It is the most hilarious band I have ever heard...

Oh yeah, Toy-Box! My friends and I always played "the best friends song" to piss off some people I know who didn't like the song.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Account20151023 » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:25 pm UTC

Not typically my type of music, but G. Love and the Special Sauce. Their song Blues Music always cheers me up.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby FrailAndBedazzled » Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:30 am UTC

The Aquabats are my happy band. Actually they're really the only consistantly upbeat music on my computer.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby jimmiek » Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:23 pm UTC

Guster, in particular the "Guster on Ice" CD.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Probably Human » Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:57 am UTC

The Cat Empire. They are The Best Band Ever (in my opinion). Also, I'm kinda shocked that other people on this forum have heard of them. The Wombats and The Hoosiers are also pretty good.
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Postby Gaz » Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:30 am UTC

They're pretty big in Australia.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby cypherspace » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:10 am UTC

That's cos they're Australian.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Delmieth » Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:02 pm UTC

kanavazk wrote:Barenaked Ladies, Weird Al, Lemon Demon, Franz Ferdinand (???), and there's probably more but I forgot.



I listen to Franz when I am angry lol..so much rage

For happyness, other than The Flaming Lips that have been mentioned, The Shins are pretty happy
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby SirMustapha » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:16 pm UTC

Now that you mention Australia, Men at Work is one band that makes me happy; in spite of some of their songs being quite bitter. But, Oh me yarm Oh, Upstairs in My House; Oh me yarm Oh, I Can See It in Your Eyes.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Cheeveer » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:19 am UTC

I find the Traveling Wilburys fun.

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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Midnight » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:27 pm UTC

interpol. even though it's not super happy music.. Say Hello to the Angels just makes me smile.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby ThreeLawsSafe » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:57 pm UTC

The Aquabats, The Beach Boys, Hellogoodbye, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.

Some Cake songs are pretty happy too, like Sheep Go To Heaven and Satan Is My Motor. It's not super happy. But still happy enough.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Detritus » Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:41 am UTC

A fourth or fifth or whatever for The Cat Empire. They are the best.

The Presidents of the USA are v. happy, particularly Love Everybody (the album and also the song). They were the first to come to mind on reading the thread title, despite my love for The Cat Empire.

A lot of Barenaked Ladies makes me smile no matter what else I might say about their music.

Trickside sound a lot more slick than what you seem to listen to but I'll name them anyway.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby cypherspace » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:48 pm UTC

Detritus wrote:The Presidents of the USA are v. happy, particularly Love Everybody (the album and also the song).

God yes, I forgot about that. One of my favourite gigs ever was the Presidents. Constant smile on my face.
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Felstaff » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:52 pm UTC

I can't walk past the fruit & veg aisle at [generic grocery supermarket] without singing 'millions of peaches, peaches for me.'
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Re: What are bands that make you smile?

Postby Aleril » Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:27 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:The thread asks 'What Bands Make You Smile?'

Not 'What Bands Make You Want To Punch Morrissey In The Face?'


Actually, Morrissey makes me want to punch Morrissey in the face.

But as for a band that never fails to make me smile: Scissor Sisters.

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