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happy hunting were formed in late 1984 in DeKalb IL. happy hunting were Dekalb's answer to Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers, sans the junk. A drunken collection of Stonesy pop swagger, comparable to a cross between Kiss and The Velvet Underground or Alice Cooper and Hank Williams Sr.
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'''happy hunting''' were formed in late [[1984]] in DeKalb IL. happy hunting were Dekalb's answer to Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers, sans the junk. A drunken collection of Stonesy pop swagger, comparable to a cross between Kiss and The Velvet Underground or Alice Cooper and Hank Williams Sr.
  
Originally there was Matt Parker(Guitar, Vocals), Tim Fowler(Guitar, Vocals) and Dave Fishman(Drums). Fishman and Fowler(who used to live in Kentucky,don't ask about Jeff Berka's boots)) were also playing in the DeKalb "Punk Rock" band Blatant Dissent at the time, Parker(a Palatine native) had most recently played bass, keyboards and guitar with Barrington, IL's The Reverbs(including two opening slots for The Clash in Des Moines and Davenport) backing up Reverbs mainstays Ric Menck and John Brabek. For a short time Tom Clark(later of Blatant Dissent) joined on bass, at this point the band was known as "The Banana Convention" and played their first show on January 20, 1985 at Northern Illinois University's Duke Ellington Ballroom. happy hunting played as a three piece for the next year until they added Frank Mundo to the lineup. on bass. This lasted until the Spring of 1988 when happy hunting broke up for the first time. Fowler, Parker and Mundo went on to form The Deconstructives with drummer Tom Ellet. In this band Parker played bass and Mundo played guitar. When Mundo left the band in 1989 the band reverted to the happy hunting moniker and Parker switched back to bass. This line up lasted until 1990 after Parker and Fowler had moved to Chicago with Ellet the only remaining DeKalb resident. The band replaced Ellet withTom Rose(ex-Blue Green God) on bass and Sport (ex The Francos) on drums, Parker moving back to guitar. This lineup lasted until 1992.
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== History ==
  
At this point Parker played with Baby Nonstop(with Sport and other ex-Francos Mark Royko and Byronne Hepkema), and Fowler joined Lava Sutra and later The Chamberstrings who he still plays with. Later Parker joined Chicago power-pop band Hushdrops and released a solo album(Private Jet) in 1998 featuring guest appearances by Fowler and members of the Hushdrops, as well as ex- Blue Green God drummer Don Yanek.  
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Originally there was [[Matt Parker]] (Guitar, Vocals), [[Tim Fowler]] (Guitar, Vocals) and [[Dave Fishman]] (Drums). Fishman and Fowler (who used to live in Kentucky, don't ask about Jeff Berka's boots) were also playing in the DeKalb "Punk Rock" band [[Blatant Dissent]] at the time, Parker (a Palatine native) had most recently played bass, keyboards and guitar with Barrington, IL's [[The Reverbs]] (including two opening slots for The Clash in Des Moines and Davenport) backing up Reverbs mainstays Ric Menck and John Brabek. For a short time [[Tom Clark]] (later of Blatant Dissent) joined on bass, at this point the band was known as "The Banana Convention" and played their first show on January 20, [[1985]] at Northern Illinois University's Duke Ellington Ballroom. happy hunting played as a three piece for the next year until they added [[Frank Mundo]] to the lineup. on bass. This lasted until the Spring of [[1988]] when happy hunting broke up for the first time. Fowler, Parker and Mundo went on to form The Deconstructives with drummer Tom Ellet. In this band Parker played bass and Mundo played guitar. When Mundo left the band in [[1989]] the band reverted to the happy hunting moniker and Parker switched back to bass. This line up lasted until [[1990]] after Parker and Fowler had moved to Chicago with Ellet the only remaining DeKalb resident. The band replaced Ellet with Tom Rose(ex-[[Blue Green God]]) on bass and Sport (ex [[The Francos]]) on drums, Parker moving back to guitar. This lineup lasted until [[1992]].  
  
happy hunting regrouped in 2001 when Fowler and Parker, both recently married, found themselves living in the same bulding. The album Butterfat Town was produced at this time with Sport on drums, released in 2002. 2004 saw the release of the New Wave/Classic Rock tinged According to St. Bernardus, then the 2006 release de Opstapper followed by 2008's Joe: The Album. All recordings available for free down load at happyhunting.org. happy hunting played their first live show in 15 years at Silvies in Chicago in August of 2007, Don Yanek on drums. They are currently recording a new record at their NW Chicago studios and fending off multiple gig offers.
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At this point Parker played with Baby Nonstop (with Sport and other ex-Francos Mark Royko and Byronne Hepkema), and Fowler joined Lava Sutra and later [[The Chamberstrings]] who he still plays with. Later Parker joined Chicago power-pop band Hushdrops and released a solo album(Private Jet) in [[1998]] featuring guest appearances by Fowler and members of the Hushdrops, as well as ex- Blue Green God drummer [[Don Yanek]].
myspace.com/happyhunting
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happy hunting regrouped in [[2001]] when Fowler and Parker, both recently married, found themselves living in the same bulding. The album Butterfat Town was produced at this time with Sport on drums, released in [[2002]]. [[2004]] saw the release of the New Wave/Classic Rock tinged According to St. Bernardus, then the 2006 release de Opstapper followed by [[2008]]'s Joe: The Album. All recordings available for free down load at happyhunting.org. happy hunting played their first live show in 15 years at Silvies in Chicago in August of 2007, Don Yanek on drums. They are currently recording a new record at their NW Chicago studios and fending off multiple gig offers.
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== External Links ==
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* [http://myspace.com/happyhunting MySpace Page]
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* [http://happyhunting.org happyhunting.org]
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[[Category:Bands]]
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[[Category:Dekalb]]

Revision as of 21:05, 14 November 2008

happy hunting were formed in late 1984 in DeKalb IL. happy hunting were Dekalb's answer to Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers, sans the junk. A drunken collection of Stonesy pop swagger, comparable to a cross between Kiss and The Velvet Underground or Alice Cooper and Hank Williams Sr.

History

Originally there was Matt Parker (Guitar, Vocals), Tim Fowler (Guitar, Vocals) and Dave Fishman (Drums). Fishman and Fowler (who used to live in Kentucky, don't ask about Jeff Berka's boots) were also playing in the DeKalb "Punk Rock" band Blatant Dissent at the time, Parker (a Palatine native) had most recently played bass, keyboards and guitar with Barrington, IL's The Reverbs (including two opening slots for The Clash in Des Moines and Davenport) backing up Reverbs mainstays Ric Menck and John Brabek. For a short time Tom Clark (later of Blatant Dissent) joined on bass, at this point the band was known as "The Banana Convention" and played their first show on January 20, 1985 at Northern Illinois University's Duke Ellington Ballroom. happy hunting played as a three piece for the next year until they added Frank Mundo to the lineup. on bass. This lasted until the Spring of 1988 when happy hunting broke up for the first time. Fowler, Parker and Mundo went on to form The Deconstructives with drummer Tom Ellet. In this band Parker played bass and Mundo played guitar. When Mundo left the band in 1989 the band reverted to the happy hunting moniker and Parker switched back to bass. This line up lasted until 1990 after Parker and Fowler had moved to Chicago with Ellet the only remaining DeKalb resident. The band replaced Ellet with Tom Rose(ex-Blue Green God) on bass and Sport (ex The Francos) on drums, Parker moving back to guitar. This lineup lasted until 1992.

At this point Parker played with Baby Nonstop (with Sport and other ex-Francos Mark Royko and Byronne Hepkema), and Fowler joined Lava Sutra and later The Chamberstrings who he still plays with. Later Parker joined Chicago power-pop band Hushdrops and released a solo album(Private Jet) in 1998 featuring guest appearances by Fowler and members of the Hushdrops, as well as ex- Blue Green God drummer Don Yanek.

happy hunting regrouped in 2001 when Fowler and Parker, both recently married, found themselves living in the same bulding. The album Butterfat Town was produced at this time with Sport on drums, released in 2002. 2004 saw the release of the New Wave/Classic Rock tinged According to St. Bernardus, then the 2006 release de Opstapper followed by 2008's Joe: The Album. All recordings available for free down load at happyhunting.org. happy hunting played their first live show in 15 years at Silvies in Chicago in August of 2007, Don Yanek on drums. They are currently recording a new record at their NW Chicago studios and fending off multiple gig offers.

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