Happy the Man

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One of two songs from Genesis' Peter Gabriel era that were recorded but never included on an album, "Happy the Man" (the other one is "Twilight Alehouse") was written around the same time as the songs that would be included on the band's third LP, Nursery Cryme. The song was a very simple pop tune, a funny three-minute song foretelling"I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)," but it wasn't going to fit very well on the planned album. Since it was appreciated by live audiences (who wouldn't like a line such as "Like a nun with a gun, I'm wonderful fun"?), the band recorded it after the Nursery Cryme sessions and released it in October 1972, backing it with "Seven Stones," even though the new album, Foxtrot, was just about to be released. This strange decision did not pay off, as the single failed to chart, something that can be partly attributed to the poor sound quality of the recording and the under-average vocal performance. The song appeared on a handful of samplers from the Charisma label and was included on the four-CD box set Genesis Archives, Vol. 1: 1967-1975.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Famous Charisma Box 1993
Various Artists
Virgin 2:55
Archive, Vol. 1: 1967-1975 1998 Atlantic 2:54
Turn It on Again: The Hits 1999 EMI 0:00
No Image
Various Artists
Charisma 2:50