Opal – Happy Nightmare, Baby

Posted: April 11, 2016 in 1987, Opal
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For those who aren’t familiar with Opal, which is one of the great lost rock bands of the ’80s, they were the precursor to Mazzy Star (“Fade Into You”). They released a few EPs and one LP, Happy Nightmare, Baby, which is where these two songs hail from.

The album is long out of print and not available on the streaming services, but is well worth tracking down. “Soul Giver” is just tremendous –

And “Supernova” is, too.

For anyone who wants to check out the album as a whole, someone uploaded it to YouTube:

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  1. HERC says:

    Glory be!

    It was kind of a bummer day and then I read your post shining the light on Opal just before calling it a night. Opened up the lossless digital library on a hunch, did a quick search and EUREKA! Lost treasure for sure. Strapped on the Grados, killed the lights, listened to the dreamy drone (a compliment!) and shed the burden of the day in jsut a few minutes. Ah, the power of music.

    Thanks, Jeff.

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  2. […] into Opal’s sonic undertow. Their 1987 Happy Nightmare, Baby album, as I’ve said before, is a true lost treasure. For those unaware of them, the band had its roots in L.A.’s Paisley […]

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  3. […]  2) Belly – “Shiny One.” Back in the early ‘90s, I fell under the spell of Star, the Rhode Island band’s debut album, and played it the only way I know how – again and again, and again after that. “Feed the Tree” was, and remains, freakin’ awesome – one of the greatest songs of the era. I’d love to say that I also played their 1995 follow-up, King, in the same fashion, but can’t – my main memory of it is one of disappointment. Anyway, leap forward to the present, and I can say without equivocation that the reformed Belly’s third studio offering, Dove, is a keeper. (Highway Queens has a great review of it.) Also, just as an aside, this song – the lead single – seemingly channels one of the great under-appreciated bands of the 1980s, Opal. […]

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