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Garbage — Only Happy When it Rains
Album: Garbage
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Released: 1994
Length: 3:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm only happy when it rains
I'm only happy when it's complicated
And though I know you can't appreciate it
I'm only happy when it rains
You know I love it when the news is bad
Why it feels so good to feel so sad
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me

I'm only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are going wrong
I only listen to the sad, sad songs
I'm only happy when it rains

I only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn't accidentally tell you that
I'm only happy when it rains
You'll get the message by the time I'm through
When I complain about me and you
I'm only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down...pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me...pour your misery down
Pour your misery down...pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me...pour your misery down
Pour your misery down...pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me...pour your misery down
Pour your misery down...pour
You can keep me company
As long as you don't care

I'm only happy when it rains
You want to hear about my new obsession
I'm riding high upon a deep depression
I'm only happy when it rains...pour some misery down on me
I'm only happy when it rains....pour some misery down on me
I'm only happy when it rains...pour some misery down on me
I'm only happy when it rains...pour some misery down on me
I'm only happy when it rains...pour some misery down on me...
pour some misery down on me
pour some misery down on me
pour some misery down on me
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 moodfood wrote:
She was one flame throwin fire breathin redhead..  {#Biggrin}

She is on flame throwin fire breathin redhead.
pour your misery down no more
the Separation Agreement is FINAL
Woo woo, Shirley. 
{#Devil_pimp} zesty !
McRock
Solid album. Produced very well by Vigg. This album encapsulates late 90's Alt-Rock.
At the time this song sounded amazing in terms of mastering. Now it sounds dated!

It also sounds quieter than current recorded music. Annoying that music keeps turning up the volume.  
I agree with comments below. 

Please play more Garbage. They get it: RnR. 

 
Bill you need to play more Garbage!  ;)
This song = a night during college, ah those 90's are a bit far away now!
that's funny, it totally sounded like bill just said, "charlie manson and garbage." ha!
https://i47.tinypic.com/25zhwye.jpg
{#Dancingbanana_2}
more GARBAGE tracks active in the RP rotation would never be a bad thing :)
Ok.
calypsus_1 wrote,
Posted: Aug 14, 2012 - 21:07
 
:
The band created in 1993 are: Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar), 45 years old, excelent performer on stage, with an impressive physical appearance and aesthetics, and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion), are experienced musicians, with a mean age about of 50 years. All four members are involved in songwriting and production of original songs.

 
oldsaxon wrote:

I was struck by two things in this essay, the odd punctuation and the fact that the age of the female band member was mentioned but not the age of any of the male members...just saying...seemed odd. Nice essay, I agreed with some of it but certainly not the bit where only a person that can't make it in business or academia would choose art as a career. Perhaps I read that wrong, though. 
 


 oldsaxon wrote:

I was struck by two things in this essay, the odd punctuation and the fact that the age of the female band member was mentioned but not the age of any of the male members...just saying...seemed odd. Nice essay, I agreed with some of it but certainly not the bit where only a person that can't make it in business or academia would choose art as a career. Perhaps I read that wrong, though. 

 
Good post, really?  He makes the exact same post over and over and over.  It is actually quite wrong in several ways.  First and foremost, no band can simply go out and sell lots of records at will, with or without a record company's help.  

Let's be really cynical for a second and say the record companies really do have that kind of magic wand and skill to manipulate the "masses" like that.  If that is true, then that ability to manipulate is still a very real skill, it is an art.  Getting lots of people to buy records, entertaining them, pleasing them in that manner, would definitely be considered an art form that requires great skill.  It would not be the same skill as making truly great music, but it is still a great skill.  

If you follow these things like I do, you'll notice rather quickly that to be a famous anything (poet, philosopher, painter, etc..) then the genius is almost always twofold: (1) skill in the art of self-promotion (or someone's promotion on your behelf) and (2) skill in the art of the medium itself.  

He does have a point about artistry, but that quality in the artistry is very difficult to pin down.  Every single act that he considers to be "sell-outs" or "crass marketing ploys" have very serious followings by devoted fans.  I could dismiss as crass Coldplay, Elvis, and Ray Charles, music I detest and I think extremely commercial, and ALL rap.  But there are many people who think they are the cats meow.    
 calypsus_1 wrote:

The alternative rock & electronic band Garbage ended their hiatus in 2007 and began work on their fifth studio album in October 2010, "Not Your Kind of People" was released on May 14, 2012 via the band's own independent label, Stunvolume Records.

This is an example for many artists, to they do not find themselves hostages, and manipulated by the publishers, voracious easy profits, which relegates, and often ignore of artistic quality, and seek to impose on radio stations what should and should not be displayed on airplay (through sponsorship), and thus manipulate and guide the public taste.

The band created in 1993 are: Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar), 45 years old, excelent performer on stage, with an impressive physical appearance and aesthetics, and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion), are experienced musicians, with a mean age about of 50 years. All four members are involved in songwriting and production of original songs.

How could not it be, here's some advice, this time for Shirley Manson: it might be good for her, take a californian-sunbath, not necessarily at the beach, at the beginning of the morning or late afternoon, to tone the skin a little (she is a type of skin color "greenhouse flower").

One last word to say: We've seen watching an emergence of new singers, bands, duos, I dunno, proliferating like mushrooms, throwing hundreds or thousands of records.

Anyone who thinks has some way to music (the lack of stable employment or academic career), comes to wanting to be an artist.
The problem is that this stunned oversupply, a lack of equivalent quality, which in other times, no producer would accept even an experiment. Today, it feels that it is all too easy, too "over the knee," to lightly, as a simulated climax.

The artistic level for new talent is very low, if not horrible, because they are not able to create and compose "songs made from root", from the use of traditional instruments, then resort to artificial electronic processes and samples of pre-made in studio, the latter also of very poor quality.

Today, will soon play for radio, then easily accepted in the summer festivals (to fill time with cheap artists, to established artists at the end), easily nominated for "premium" "awards" and are already at a glance, alleged "stars". And this is how it works, the machine market.

No way.

That is to say today to this poverty of musical creation, are the bands with more than 20, 30-year career, they feel the "call" to re-enter the scene, i.e. band Garbage.

~calypsus_1




 
I was struck by two things in this essay, the odd punctuation and the fact that the age of the female band member was mentioned but not the age of any of the male members...just saying...seemed odd. Nice essay, I agreed with some of it but certainly not the bit where only a person that can't make it in business or academia would choose art as a career. Perhaps I read that wrong, though. 
She was one flame throwin fire breathin redhead..  {#Biggrin}
LOVE this song.... never 'heard' it before - ie never really listened to the lyrics.  Great stuff.
Thanx Bill! Loved this track from when it first came out - powerful performance, tight production and a such a great contradictory experience!
This band is aptly named.
This is pretty good band that never got enough credit.
On the RP IPad ap you pretty well need to strain your eyes to read blue font because the background for comments is black as opposed to the white you get on the explorer web browser.

I have to give a nod to the phrase "precocious ejaculation" you will find below if you can follow it long enough.

The alternative rock & electronic band Garbage ended their hiatus in 2007 and began work on their fifth studio album in October 2010, "Not Your Kind of People" was released on May 14, 2012 via the band's own independent label, Stunvolume Records.

This is an example for many artists, to they do not find themselves hostages, and manipulated by the publishers, voracious easy profits, which relegates, and often ignore of artistic quality, and seek to impose on radio stations what should and should not be displayed on airplay (through sponsorship), and thus manipulate and guide the public taste.

The band created in 1993 are: Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar), 45 years old, excelent performer on stage, with an impressive physical appearance and aesthetics, and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion), are experienced musicians, with a mean age about of 50 years. All four members are involved in songwriting and production of original songs.

How could not it be, here's some advice, this time for Shirley Manson: it might be good for her, take a californian-sunbath, not necessarily at the beach, at the beginning of the morning or late afternoon, to tone the skin a little (she is a type of skin color "greenhouse flower").

One last word to say: We've seen watching an emergence of new singers, bands, duos, I dunno, proliferating like mushrooms, throwing hundreds or thousands of records.

Anyone who thinks has some way to music (the lack of stable employment or academic career), comes to wanting to be an artist.
The problem is that this stunned oversupply, a lack of equivalent quality, which in other times, no producer would accept even an experiment. Today, it feels that it is all too easy, too "over the knee," to lightly, as a simulated climax.

The artistic level for new talent is very low, if not horrible, because they are not able to create and compose "songs made from root", from the use of traditional instruments, then resort to artificial electronic processes and samples of pre-made in studio, the latter also of very poor quality.

Today, will soon play for radio, then easily accepted in the summer festivals (to fill time with cheap artists, to established artists at the end), easily nominated for "premium" "awards" and are already at a glance, alleged "stars". And this is how it works, the machine market.

No way.

That is to say today to this poverty of musical creation, are the bands with more than 20, 30-year career, they feel the "call" to re-enter the scene, i.e. band Garbage.

~calypsus_1



 fredriley wrote:
Perversely, perhaps, I like rain. Not for me the scorchio Summer heat under cloudless skies - give me a good rainstorm any day, even when I'm out hillwalking. It's much more interesting. Plus rain is good because it makes barley grow, and from barley mixed with more rain we get beer, and good (cask) beer is very good indeed :*)
 
You my good sir have hit the preverbal nail on its head.   
Garbage by name and Garbage it is.

Even the persistent precipitation outside doesn't help me like it. 
 hippiechick wrote:

https://zimmydoom.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/shirley_manson.jpg

 
{#Hearteyes}

 fredriley wrote:
Perversely, perhaps, I like rain. Not for me the scorchio Summer heat under cloudless skies - give me a good rainstorm any day, even when I'm out hillwalking. It's much more interesting. Plus rain is good because it makes barley grow, and from barley mixed with more rain we get beer, and good (cask) beer is very good indeed :*)

 
This is profound.  I want to say more, but I don't think I can add anything to this.

{#Puke} Oh Dear whenever I hear ''Bad'' rhymed with ''Sad'' is gotta be cornball all the way.

Perversely, perhaps, I like rain. Not for me the scorchio Summer heat under cloudless skies - give me a good rainstorm any day, even when I'm out hillwalking. It's much more interesting. Plus rain is good because it makes barley grow, and from barley mixed with more rain we get beer, and good (cask) beer is very good indeed :*)

watching them do this live is a profound experience...


Geez, I needed this now.  Great all weather song.   One of the best debut albums of any band.
Excellent music. Some of the dumbest lyrics ever.
Poor your misery down on me.

Butch Vig - great producer - good drummer -found himself an excellent frontwoman in Shirley Manson.

Love Shirley and her accent.  She has the right heroes - Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde.
 thediceareloaded wrote:
Sorry, but this album was not released in 2004. More like 1995 or something like that.....
 
you got it.
And it is in Ventura CA!
Sorry, but this album was not released in 2004. More like 1995 or something like that.....
Boring and tired..... make it stop
God, I love this song...
 Jared wrote:
Where is the ubiquitous photo for Shirley?
 
https://zimmydoom.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/shirley_manson.jpg

Love this CD. 10
 ed wrote:
The bands name says it all!
 
Too easy.  
We are happy here in West Virginia. We have had enough rain to fill an ocean lately. 

Where is the ubiquitous photo for Shirley?
Cruisin' the burbs in my buddy's black 944 with the 15" sub in the "trunk" with this tune cranked...

Ahh... embarrassing high school memories.
I am only happy when it rains because then it is not snowing. What an uplifting tune.
GARBAGE DAY!
A mainstay on my iPod. Garbage and Hole are under-rated.
Love this song! Brings back good memories from the 90's.
 tree-hugger wrote:
What an awesome song. Am I bad to be sad that Shirley got happy and stopped writing such great songs?
 
Not in the slightest.. I'm right there with you.   This song is a great advert for depression.
Mind you, my ex-wife always said that seeing Garbage playing live was what prompted her to take up what turned out to be an ill-fated  shot at pop stardom.  Music lovers the world over should berate Garbage loudly for being such a bad influence.

Darlington wrote:


Yep.

And I think this came out in 1994, not 2004.

August 1995 as the "this version released" notation says.  Not sure what that 2004 entry is about unless Bill forgot to populate it and it was picked up from some other entry.

Anyway, it's raining here and I'm happy.  Good enough.



..... i'm only happy when it rains too


I love this song!{#Umbrella}
 Danimal174 wrote:



Yeah, I second that. Overall, I liked this CD, but this track was one of the ones that really stood out.


 

Yep.

And I think this came out in 1994, not 2004.

I always thought this was one of their lesser songs. . . but they were fantastic. . .

I agree with those saying this is probably their best song, although admittedly I did not listen to much of their stuff...

as a side note - the playlist says this was in 2004 - i'm thinking it should be 1994...?
cathenley wrote:
I think this is the best song they did...
Yeah, I second that. Overall, I liked this CD, but this track was one of the ones that really stood out.
Apparently I'm not shallow enough to get what this song is about. Fine by me. A solid 1. shuttlecr wrote:
Edwad! You have been hanging out too much with the toothless gum rubber walking shoe crowd in FLA. Head out to the West coast for a weekend, strap on your roller blades and mp3 player and crank this tune while checking out all the hard bodies. I bet it will do you some good!
What an awesome song. Am I bad to be sad that Shirley got happy and stopped writing such great songs?
I think this is the best song they did...
This perfectly expressed my mood when it came out.
hkfczrqj wrote:
12 years have passed already... Still being played somewhere. BTW, I'm feeling old.
!!! Has it been that long? Second that. Old feeling now.
physicsgenius wrote:
Aptly named band
You might be a physicsgenious(??) but when it comes to music you are just like the rest of us. Somethings we (non-genious types) like and somethings we don't, no need to show your ignorance.
helene wrote:
I don't expect to hear this too far into the future.
12 years have passed already... Still being played somewhere. BTW, I'm feeling old.
Of course they are - that's the point. Haven't you ever known anybody who seemed determined to be unhappy, who always found the bleak interpretation for everything, who seemed to find fulfillment in being disappointed? Alpine wrote:
Sounds great, I like it, but couldn't the lyrics be more positive? Bumpin tune, depressing lyrics.
ed wrote:
The bands name says it all!
Edwad! You have been hanging out too much with the toothless gum rubber walking shoe crowd in FLA. Head out to the West coast for a weekend, strap on your roller blades and mp3 player and crank this tune while checking out all the hard bodies. I bet it will do you some good!
Sounds great, I like it, but couldn't the lyrics be more positive? Bumpin tune, depressing lyrics.
if Thats the best theycan do they need ,retire . or get a shot of life.in their creative side. Kerly wrote:
I consider this one of their best songs, really good.
ScottN wrote:
I am ridng high on a deep depression! Witty, and a darn good song.
I consider this one of their best songs, really good.
Barman wrote:
Now if this is mainstream radio where you live, find me a home in the neighborhood.
IIRC this song was in HEAVY rotation throughout the US when it came out.
FAY wrote:
I have just so gone off garbage, there's so little depth to their stuff. And the singer (forgot her name) used to be a snotty shop assistant in Edinburgh some years ago.
Not that there is anything wrong with being a shop assistant mind you , but the snotty bit - that's boring
Wow, I so don't care. Some songwriting is so self-involved. I don't expect to hear this too far into the future.
I have just so gone off garbage, there's so little depth to their stuff. And the singer (forgot her name) used to be a snotty shop assistant in Edinburgh some years ago.
greg6494 wrote:
ribbet!
Roverfish wrote:
Mainstream radio cut from a band with a lot more to offer.
Now if this is mainstream radio where you live, find me a home in the neighborhood.
I have to upload "Happy when it rains" with the Jesus & Mary Chain one of these days.
Reminds me of seeing Ms. Manson leaving Ancora Coffee, presumably on her way back to Smart Studios, in the pouring rain, looking less than happy.
I am ridng high on a deep depression! Witty, and a darn good song.
I'm not so sure bands should call themselves such names? I guess Trash was taken... but Flatulence, as far as I know, is still available!
We loves it, yes we do...pour your misery down on me, baby....
Blech
Ahhh....back when Garbage was good.
This band seemed so fresh when they first hit, and this still sounds great. What the heck happened to them?
Loving this. It's interesting that when Miss Manson was interviewed a while back on some TV show, she was asked what her least favourite Garbage track was. And she said she utterly hated singing this one. Can't imagine why. I think it's classic Garbage in a good way.
King Richard Coffee here in Tucson has a slogan: "When it pours, we reign." I guess seeing "Rain King" followed by this one made me thing of that. Mainstream radio cut from a band with a lot more to offer.
Marr wrote:
Wow, how long did it take for you to think of that one? Do you really think they didn't think about that when they chose the name of the band? I think those Scots can handle a little bad mouthing. Meanwhile the apparently largish number of us who like this song will just keep ignoring comments like this.
Keep up the good ignoring work.
physicsgenius wrote:
Aptly named band
Wow, how long did it take for you to think of that one? Do you really think they didn't think about that when they chose the name of the band? I think those Scots can handle a little bad mouthing. Meanwhile the apparently largish number of us who like this song will just keep ignoring comments like this. Added later..... Having looked at the long list of bands/singers you rated 3 and below I am not really surprised by your low rating of Garbage. Kinda makes me wonder why you listen to RP. You have several dozens of songs rated as "1" but only 3 you've rated as "10". A statistical review of your overall rating system suggests that you find the bulk of what's played on RP to be sub average. It seems like you stay here on RP because you enjoy listening to music you don't like and then flaming it.
Aptly named band
its been too long since ive heard garbage
go to https://www.bartcop.com to see explosive liberal oklahoma anti-bush politics updated five days a week. scroll to the bottom of the page to see a cool pic of shirley manson. a different shirley pic every bartcop day!
Darkmatter wrote:
Good song, but I personally prefer "Happy when it rains" with the Jesus & Mary Chain. ;)
:nodhead:
Good song, but I personally prefer "Happy when it rains" with the Jesus & Mary Chain. ;)
oldslabsides wrote:
oh my...while the tune is passable, to compare Miss Manson's voice favorably with Annie's tells me that your ear is truely that of a sow..this voice is to Annie's as a Chevette is to a BMW <-X
granted, I'll have to admit Annie has much greater depth and range, but the overalll reminiscent sound bears similarity. And after viewing some of your 10's and 1's, all I have to say is "sows in glass pens shouldn't throw mud!"
I thought she was only happy in the sun. . .
Now THIS is nostalgia!
orpheus wrote:
cool theme song, manson's voice is great in the tradition of lenox and hynde :D
oh my...while the tune is passable, to compare Miss Manson's voice favorably with Annie's tells me that your ear is truely that of a sow..this voice is to Annie's as a Chevette is to a BMW <-X
drH wrote:
The name of the band says it all.
yeah...very original...is your middle name "Preparation" ?
bonosgirl wrote:
It always reminds me of an X-Files episode, it was the devil's song of choice while cruising in his red sportscar...
Also used to great effect in an episode of "Homicide" a fews ago, if memory serves me correct.
The name of the band says it all.
Perfect - New Year's Eve - it's raining outside - Garbage on the radio!! Great song!!
It always reminds me of an X-Files episode, it was the devil's song of choice while cruising in his red sportscar...
yep, it's garbage.
Brad_Eleven wrote:
My favorite Garbage song, mainly for the guitar work. Man, if that really is Butch Vig, well, holy crap, he's the man.
Butch Vig played drums in Garbage. Some balding producer-guy played guitar IIRC.
I like this Garbage ... I really do.
My favorite Garbage song, mainly for the guitar work. Man, if that really is Butch Vig, well, holy crap, he's the man.
Still sounds great. :bananabanger:
I thought she was only happy in the sun. 8-<
The lyrics to this song point to a borderline personality disorder. I hate borderliners. Ok song however.
It is raining like a MOFO here today! This is great to listen to on headphones and stare out at the rain, and listen to this great voice.
Originally Posted by ladyj: This is Garbage. "Just Kidding" :D
seriously....i guess i am the only one who took notice of the name they gave themselves and stayed far far away
This is Garbage. "Just Kidding" :D
cool theme song, manson\'s voice is great in the tradition of lenox and hynde :D
I\'m only happy when I hear those gloriously crunchy power chords.......pour some misery down on me!
a comment on the current weather in Northern California?
ROCK ON, Shirley!!!! One of my FAVE Garbage tunes!!!!!!