Slapp Happy


German/English/American avant-pop group founded in 1972 in Hamburg. Their lineup consisted of Anthony Moore (keyboards), Peter Blegvad (guitar) and Dagmar Krause (vocals). The band members moved to England in 1974 where they merged with Henry Cow but the merger ended soon afterwards and Slapp Happy split up around 1975. Afterwards, there were several reunions. In 1982 the trio reunited briefly to record the Slapp Happy - Everybody's Slimmin' / Even Men & Women! single. They also performed live (for the first time ever) during the "Dial M For Music" festival, held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts on 10 September 1982. The three collaborated again in 1991 on a specially commissioned television opera "Camera", produced by After Image for Channel 4, based on an original idea by Krause, with words by Blegvad and music by Moore. Krause played the lead character "Melusina" and the opera was broadcast two years later on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The soundtrack Camera wasn't released until 2000, as Dagmar Krause, Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad - Camera (not under the Slapp Happy name). In 1997, Slapp Happy reunited again to record Slapp Happy - Ça Va. Slapp Happy was popular in Japan and toured there in 2000, playing on stage without any backing musicians. This resulted in Slapp Happy - Live In Japan - May, 2000.. Krause, Moore and Blegvad then reformed Slapp Happy again in November 2016 to perform with Faust at the Week-End festival in Cologne, Germany. The two groups also played together on 10–11 February 2017 at Cafe Oto in London and on 24 February 2017 Slapp Happy, without Faust, performed at Mt. Rainer Hall, Shibuya in Tokyo. On 17 September 2017, Slapp Happy and Faust played at the 10th Rock in Opposition festival in Carmaux, France. On 28 September, they played as a trio in the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Art Academy) in Den Haag (The Hague). They made a final appearance in November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Members:Anthony Moore, Dagmar Krause, Peter Blegvad
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