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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2014 at 10:01
I've never heard of them before. Is their name based on an unreleased Genesis song ("Happy the Man")? I thought this was going to be about that songUnhappy
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2014 at 10:52
Originally posted by Tobias273 Tobias273 wrote:

I've never heard of them before. Is their name based on an unreleased Genesis song ("Happy the Man")? I thought this was going to be about that songUnhappy

Happy The Man were American Genesis fans and they probably owned the single/45. I'm sure they intended to adapt the name. They were mostly instrumental , influenced by Gentle Giant, Yes, Genesis, and Mahavishnu Orchestra, created a voice of their own ..becoming Happy The Man. Their music has personality and their distinctive sound is totally original...which!..makes them unique in a day and age where many Prog bands have struggled with musical identity. Happy The Man are one of a kind.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2014 at 10:58
Originally posted by Darious Darious wrote:

Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

BTW they took their name from the Genesis single.
That's lovely, although Happy The Man website states something different on the band's history tab. The small print there reads as follows: "It was now early 1973, and Whitaker’s elder brother, Ken, having elected to become the band’s sound engineer, suggested the name Happy The Man, a reference to Goethe’s "Faust", and the Bible, rather than the obscure Genesis single which, at the time, nobody in the band even knew existed"
The origin of the band name from page 1 of this thread.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2014 at 11:05

Happy the Man

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine,
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.


John Dryden 1670??

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2014 at 11:41
Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

Originally posted by Darious Darious wrote:

Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

BTW they took their name from the Genesis single.
That's lovely, although Happy The Man website states something different on the band's history tab. The small print there reads as follows: "It was now early 1973, and Whitaker’s elder brother, Ken, having elected to become the band’s sound engineer, suggested the name Happy The Man, a reference to Goethe’s "Faust", and the Bible, rather than the obscure Genesis single which, at the time, nobody in the band even knew existed"
The origin of the band name from page 1 of this thread.

Correct! Wow ..that other theory has been quite cemented into people's heads. even mine.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 09 2014 at 12:22
Oh wow. That's even more obscure than if they based their name on the Genesis song. I've read Goethe's Faust (but in german) and I could only guess how it's associated with the phrase Happy the man (it's surely used in the english translation and reflects the story but it's still rather vague). Both the Bible (most Bible translations are based on Luthers bible at least) and Faust are essentially german and as I found out the guitarist and the bassist first met in germany. I guess they liked the german culture but the association with both books is very vague.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 09 2014 at 13:26
 Whhoa,can't believe you're just gettin' enlighten and schooled up on this Tobias....















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