The Nips "Happy Song"
The Nips (once known as The Nipple Erectors) were a band that played in and around London and released a few singles and a live album between 1977 and 1980. Their music was hard to label since they went in many musical directions. They touched on Punk, Rockabilly, R&B, Post Punk, Avant Garde and as "Happy Song" attests, Mod. This is especially true since the single released on Test Pressing Records, was produced by the king of all mods Paul Weller of The Jam. But what made The Nips so unique was the presence of Shane MacGowan. This was his first band before forming The Pogues. In 1978 Shane said "Music should reflect the mood of the times, but now it´s just fucking escapism. It´s got absolutely nothing to do with the way people feel any more." It's sad that Shane's statement still rings true today. - - - So forget about the state of today's music and get happy with a "Happy Song".
Buy The Nips CD compilation "Bops Babes Booze & Bovver" here.