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Happy Nightmare Baby (Rare Press)

Opal (Mazzy Star)

(1987)
Happy Nightmare Baby (Rare Press)

Friday, June 14, 2024

1:00 AM

HIFI ROOM

6 PM SESSION. Released in November 1987 under the SST Records label, Opal's "Happy Nightmare Baby" is a mesmerizing fusion of psychedelic rock, dream pop, and proto-shoegaze that stands out as a unique and influential album of its time. The first pressing of this enigmatic record envelops listeners in a hazy, otherworldly atmosphere with tracks like "Rocket Machine" and "Magick Power," showcasing the haunting vocals of Kendra Smith and the swirling guitar work of David Roback. Kendra quit the band in the middle of a tour with Jesus and Mary Chain. She was rapidly replaced by vocalist Hope Sandoval, small of stature, great of beauty and voice, heads and ears were turning. After finishing the tour under the Opal name, 1988 found Roback deciding a fresh start was called for, and Mazzy Star were officially born.

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Released in November 1987 under the SST Records label, Opal's "Happy Nightmare Baby" is a mesmerizing fusion of psychedelic rock, dream pop, and proto-shoegaze that stands out as a unique and influential album of its time. The first pressing of this enigmatic record envelops listeners in a hazy, otherworldly atmosphere with tracks like "Rocket Machine" and "Magick Power," showcasing the haunting vocals of Kendra Smith and the swirling guitar work of David Roback. Kendra quit the band in the middle of a tour with Jesus and Mary Chain. She was rapidly replaced by vocalist Hope Sandoval, small of stature, great of beauty and voice, heads and ears were turning. After finishing the tour under the Opal name, 1988 found Roback deciding a fresh start was called for, and Mazzy Star were officially born.


Following the same basic patterns as Opal, they dished out a brittle and engaging take on psychedelia and folk with nods to Syd Barrett and Nick Drake as well as obscure art bands like Slapp Happy, whose 1972 song 'Blue Flower' would become Mazzy Star's first 'hit' single in 1990. Mazzy Star signed to Capitol who would issue the second Mazzy Star album,' So Tonight That I Might See,' which would become a surprise smash album, ultimately selling platinum, propelled by the hit 'Fade Into You' in 1993.

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