Happy Hardcore

Welcome to this online database of my Happy Hardcore collection. Happy Hardcore (which I will refer to as HHC often) is "a sub-genre of Hardcore that maintains the fast-pace, hard hitting rhythms, but adds similarly-fast synthesizer/piano runs and vocal samples altered to make the most soulful diva sound like a warbling chipmunk. It's playful, childlike atmosphere distinguishes the sound."

Where can you get these cds? Well, if you are in the U.S, you may have a hard time. If you are lucky, you may find a copy or two at your local Best Buy or other music retailer, however the best place to look is online. Amazon.com is usually pretty helpful, or if you can't find what you're looking for there, try their U.K. counterpart (Note: You CAN order things from Amazon.CO.UK and have it shipped to the U.S., it just costs more). Resist is also a very good source for buying HHC and other electronic genres.

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Happy 2b Hardcore
"Happy 2b Hardcore" - Tuesday, January 21, 1997 - 7/10
Listen to the album that began the H2BH series! This is 2nd HHC cd I ever owned, though not the best in the series, still great to listen to.
Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 2
"Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 2" - Tuesday, September 09, 1997 - 7/10
Very similar to Chapter 1, but when it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? Good stuff.
Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 3
"Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 3" - Tuesday, April 20, 1999 - 9/10
The first HHC cd I ever bought: The first time I played it I thought it was crud and put it away for a week; but, I dug it out and listened to it again...and again...and I soon found myself looping the cd constantly! Yes this is the album that got me hooked into this genre.
Also perhaps the best in the Happy 2b Hardcore series. Definitely recommended.
Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 4
"Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 4" - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 - 8/10
"See me climb as high as I can go, lookin' down at people far below, you can live a secret fantasy, take a magic carpet ride with me!"
Oh all the times I've had that suck in my head for hours and hours! One word: 'good.'
Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 5
"Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 5" - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 9/10
Anabolic Frolic just keeps puting out more and more great stuff, will he ever run out? Let's hope not! This cd ties with Chapter 3 in my opinion for being about the best there is.
Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 6, The Final Chapter
"Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 6, The Final Chapter" - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 - 8/10
Apparently, this must be the the final chapter in the series. I will say this is probably the most different cd in the series - in particular I think it's the most mellow - however I've grown quite fond of it. The Happy Hardcore genre has been slowing down recently (hence Final Chapter perhaps?), and I'm glad for this shift to a softer, less abrasive style. I wonder what will come next?
Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 7, A New Beginning
"Happy 2b Hardcore Chapter 7, A New Beginning" - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 9.5/10
So apparently, Chapter 6 wasn't the "Final Chapter" after all! At first I had mixed feelings about this cd: Some parts are more reminiscent of the faster/bouncier early days, others are more mellow like the last chapter. However, I think Mr. Frolic has hit the perfect balance between the two and this album is just about as good as it gets. Probably the finest HHC has to offer.
Happy Hardcore
"Happy Hardcore" - Unknown - 3/10
The only cd I own that I simply do not like. Very repetitive, even for HHC - total lack of imagination and creativity. Good thing I only paid $7.99 for it and not a full-cd price.
Happy Hardcore Anthems
"Happy Hardcore Anthems" - Tuesday, November 03, 1998 - 7/10
Let's see, how to put this: Not as good as most of the Happy 2b Hardcore(s), but as good as (maybe a little better than) most of the Happy Hardcore Foundation(s). Either way, Vinylgroover knows how to do HHC.
Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Breeze - From Here to Infinity
"Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Breeze - From Here to Infinity" - Tuesday, June 20, 2000 - 6.5/10
I'd probably classify this as similar to "The World of Vinylgroover," perhaps. One thing I was impressed with is the amount of unique content - I'd only heard one of the tracks before, which is pretty rare with most HHC cds.
Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Dougal - Essentials
"Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Dougal - Essentials" - Tuesday, August 22, 2000 - 8.5/10
I'd label this cd as "Happy Softcore" or "Happy Firmcore" - it's not real fast or hard hitting but does offer some very catchy and bouncy synth beats. Quality stuff, I was really impressed.
Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of SY & Unknown - Scratch Masters Revenge
"Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of SY & Unknown - Scratch Masters Revenge" - Tuesday, June 06, 2000 - 5/10
To be quick and brutal, I was rather unimpressed with this 2-cd set. Most of the (few) good tracks were ones I've heard many times before. Of the remaining lot, only one or two were tolerable.
Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Scott Brown - Evolution
"Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Scott Brown - Evolution" - Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 6/10
A lot of familiar tracks on this (long) cd. Really nothing to write home about, but it might just be because I've heard most of these tracks so many times before.
Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Vinylgroover - Part 2
"Happy Hardcore Anthems: The World of Vinylgroover - Part 2" - Tuesday, January 25, 2000 - 7/10
About on the same level as the first Anthems cd by Vinylgroover. Some of the tracks get a little weird at times, like track 2 (which is probably my favorite).
Happy Hardcore Foundation
"Happy Hardcore Foundation" - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 - 7/10
Can be very crude and obnoxious at times, but this cd is definitely the fastest/most "hardcore" of any HHC on the list.
Happy Hardcore Foundation 2
"Happy Hardcore Foundation 2" - Tuesday, October 19, 1999 - 6/10
"For the next five minutes you better be f***ing listening." Not nearly as hardcore as the first cd, though not as crude.
Happy Hardcore Foundation 3
"Happy Hardcore Foundation 3" - Tuesday, October 24, 2000 - 7/10
The third and (maybe) best release by Brisk in this series. Much more mellow than the first two.
Heart of Gold
"Heart of Gold" - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 - 7.5/10
Although I might disagree, many people consider "Heart of Gold" to be the flagship Happy Hardcore song. But either way, Force & Styles probably do produce the best vocal tracks of anyone around as aparent with this album. Note that the cd-2 is just a bonus remix cd, but in my opinion better than cd-1.
The Ultimate Happy Hardcore Album
"The Ultimate Happy Hardcore Album" - Monday, August 04, 2003 - 7.5/10
I was a little split while listening to this box set. The first 3 cds, mixed by Dougal, are absolutely fantastic - Dougal is Jesus with a synth. You'll recognize a few tracks (especially on cd 3) from the "World of Dougal" album. The second 3 cds, mixed by Vibes, on the other hand, are horrible. If this set was only made up of the only first 3 discs, I could very posibily give it a 10, or atleast close to it. But even with Vibes' screwy idea of HHC and bad remixes of various pop songs, I only paid $25 for the set so it's definitely worth the money.
This is Noize
"This is Noize" - Tuesday, November 23, 1999 - 6.5/10
Disc 1, the "Old Skool" collection, contains a lot of classics you will remember in other cds, especially the Happy 2b Hardcore series. They're still good, but the other versions I've heard of these tracks are better.
Disc 2 is actually the "This is Noize" cd. One thing I've noticed, most of the tracks are much softer than the hardcore I'm used to. They're still good mind you, but this isn't your "typical" HHC album.

Total cds listed: 20

I want to mention that I am no expert on HHC or music in general. These are simply my opinions - if you think my ideas are whack or have some suggestions or have found an error, please contact me.

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