The Scientists – This Is My Happy Hour // Swampland (Au Go Go Records) 1982. Probably my favorite moment by The Scientists. In their early “Pissed on Another Planet” days they were just a little too twee for me. Basically, a power-pop band from Perth Australia which I believe is the capital of Western Australia. It’s a pretty remote place and The Scientists seemed like a naive and innocent group of lads singing songs about true love and girls. Then they broke up. When they reformed, it was an entirely different band with the exception of leader Kim Salmon. They then moved to London, with a completely different look and sound, more aligned with what fellow Aussie ex-pats The Birthday Party were also doing. They grew their hair long and started sludging up the music. In fact, this version of The Scientists may be the inventors of the whole “grunge” asesthetic. At this point they released the This Is My Happy Hour/Swampland 45 in 1982, the influential Blood Red River mini-LP and the We Had Love/Clear Spot 45 in 1983. All of this material is available here. After this the material starts to weaken. Later stuff is available here. So in my opinion, this 7inch represents The Scientists at the height of their powers. They were a nasty, sludgy, evil mess of a band who must have just been insane to witness in concert in 1982. This is My Happy Hour is also one of the funniest songs ever written. At least to me.