K Records reissue Beat Happening’s debut, touch their past on the face, sigh nostalgically

K Records reissue Beat Happening's debut, touch their past on the face, sigh nostalgically

Back in 1985, K Records put out the self-titled debut record of their flagship group, Beat Happening. Since then, they’ve put out a lot of other great records. This year, though, they’re reaching back into that semi-distant past to reissue that very same Beat Happening record. At this present moment, you can, for the first time in many years, purchase Beat Happening’s self-titled album from K’s store in CD, LP, and digital formats.

While they’re celebrating the past, they’re also setting it ablaze and stomping on the ashes — insert a less violent metaphor, if you wish. See, the original 1985 album has been appended with a number of recordings made between 1983 and 1985. In its current form, the album contains the original sessions with Greg Sage of The Wipers, along with five songs recorded while the band lived in Japan that they released as the Three Tea Breakfast cassette. Most importantly, the record still contains “What’s Important,” which certain Tiny Mix Tapes news writers cite as possibly their all-time favorite song. (I’m the Tiny Mix Tapes news writer I’m talking about.)

As wonderful as this news is, Beat Happening also put out a number of other great records throughout their career. Well, even more wonderful news: those records are all going to be reissued by the label in chronological order throughout the year. This truly is a wonderful era.

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