Singles Going Single #175 - How Happy 7" (1987, Heartbeat)
File this satisfying, though not-so-innovative electo-pop single under the "new romantic" genus for sure. I say un-innovative in the respect that How Happy (going by the record label, presumably hailing from Indiana) are tinkering around with a synth/wave formula that already sounded dated by the time this disk was minted in the late '80s. "1982 is on the phone and they want their sound back," so to speak. Both cuts are more chilly than chirpy, yet still entirely approachable. Judging by the band photo gracing the sleeve, these boys weren't as amusingly coiffed as Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls. Fortunately for How Happy, their tunes could stand on their own.