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Another Wired Feeling (1988)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (3.10mb) | View Lyrics
A bit of a cross between early Cocteau Twins and something from The Cure's "Disintegration" album. Just two chords, but who's counting?

Because (1988)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (3.45mb)
One of the very first songs written and recorded by Thrill and Danger. Inspired, more than likely, by sappy Depeche Mode synth-ballads.

Broken Skies (1991)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (4.79mb) | View Lyrics
This could just be My Happy Life's finest hour. It started out with the descending piano run with the intent to sound a bit like Happy Mondays, but took on a slightly more somber tone. Special guest John Lennon on backing vocals.

I Fall Down (1988)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (3.88mb) | View Lyrics
Certainly not My Happy Life's first or last three chord song, but it stands out as being among their best. Thrill's occasional sour notes are compensated for by his effective use of the phrase "butterfly kiss".

I Wasn't Made... (2000)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (2.63mb)
Mike Danger becomes obsessed with The Beach Boys for a few months, during which time he got a hold of some backing track bootlegs and whipped up this groovy remix from the Pet Sounds album (for his own entertainment, of course, and not for profit).

Knife (1997)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (8.57mb)
One of two songs recorded for the Aztec Camera tribute CD "Haywire", this song brought two-thirds of My Happy Life out of retirement for their first studio recording together in nearly five years. The long hiatus, however, was not enough to improve Mike Danger's singing, as he sounds rusty as ever. Despite that, he and Andrew Dare managed to pull off a fairly respectable version of this 1984 Roddy Frame original.

Moodswing (1992)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (2.49mb)
Some of Danger's solo work. An instrumental done in the style of Moodswings (hence the title), The Orb and a somewhat mellower 808 State. Originally recorded in 1992, the spoken word samples were added to complete the project in January 1997.

Never Alone (1989)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (2.53mb) | View Lyrics
Another one of Danger's solo efforts, this version is a complete re-make of the original he had recorded about a year previously. No matter what, it still wreaks of New Order and is, more or less, a conscious rip-off of their song "True Faith".

New Depths (1992)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (3.83mb) | View Lyrics
This was the last hurrah for Thrill and Danger, written as sort of a tribute to a favorite band of theirs, The Wolfgang Press. Unfortunately, the master tape of this song is now missing, so a well-deserved remix could not be done.

Pain of Silence, The (1988)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (3.11mb)
The second song ever written by Thrill and Danger, this never-finished recording is fairly stripped down because, at the time, the only equipment the guys owned was a mic, a keyboard and a four-track recorder. Thrill's original vocal track finishes out the song after he cracks up and fails to finish take #2.

Reach for the Sky (1989)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (3.61mb)
You can almost feel your teeth begin to decay as you listen to the band's first attempt to do a sugary-sweet pop song. The fuller sound illustrates recent gear purchases like the Kurzweil K-1000 keyboard. I think the "1000" indicated the unit's actual weight in pounds.

Reason for Living (1999)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (3.81mb)
Danger and Dare dust off their gear once again to record a mellow cover version of this Roddy Frame original for the "Sentimentally Yours" tribute CD. Danger's vocal stylings haven't gotten much better with time, but you have to admit that the boys have never sounded better together!

Right One, The (1992)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (4.80mb)
Yet another two-chord song hidden behind a wall of layered synth pads and cheap effects. It's actually a nice little tune with a Miranda Sex Garden sample supplying the backing vocals.

Sesame Street (1990)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (4.19mb)
During MHL's "lean years", Mike Danger teamed up with industrial junky Paul Risque to form Technotrash as a vehicle to explore territory that was of some interest to him. This cover was originally recorded to appear on a young industrial music magazine's compilation for national distribution, but the publication never lasted long enough to carry out the plan. Done in the style of doom and gloom, dirge rockers like Laibach, it depicts a much more realistic portrait of the world than popular children's television programs are known to do.

Soundtrack (1992)           Lo-Fi Play | Download (1.54mb)
Creatively titled Mike Danger composition written for a friend's short film project. The overly chorused piano in this somber and short instrumental was highly inspired by the neo-Goth-psychedelic 4AD "band" called This Mortal Coil.

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