Slapp Happy

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s


Formed in Wumme, Germany in 1971, Slapp Happy was the confluence of three avant garde musicians; British-born Anthony Moore (piano/vocals), Peter Blegvad (1951, New York City, New York, USA; guitar/clarinet/vocals) and German vocalist/pianist Dagmar Krause (b. 4 June 1950, Hamburg, Germany). The trio enjoyed the patronage of art-rock outfit Faust, and recorded Sort Of at the latter group’s studio, a converted schoolhouse. Slapp Happy, released on Virgin Records, offered an enthralling range of musical styles as the three individuals drew on their respective, contrasting heritages. Brecht, melodic pop and European literature abounded in a set which nonetheless remained highly accessible. The ebullient ‘Casablanca Moon’ proved highly enduring, while 80s mavericks Bongwater revived ‘The Drum’ on Too Much Sleep. Slapp Happy became closely allied with the adventurous Henry Cow and the two units collaborated on Desperate Straights and In Praise...

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