I Just Can't Be Happy Today

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"I Just Can't Be Happy Today"
Single by The Damned
from the album Machine Gun Etiquette
B-side
  • "Ballroom Blitz"
  • "Turkey Song"
ReleasedNovember 1979
Recorded1979
Genre Post-punk
Length3:34
Label Chiswick
CHIS 120 Motown
CHIS 115
Songwriter(s) Captain Sensible, Giovanni Dadomo
Producer(s) Roger Armstrong, The Damned
The Damned singles chronology
"Smash It Up"
(1979)
"I Just Can't Be Happy Today"
(1979)
"White Rabbit"
(1980)

"I Just Can't Be Happy Today" is a song by the Damned from their 1979 album, Machine Gun Etiquette . Released as a single in November on Chiswick Records, it peaked at No. 46 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Production

The single was heavily edited for radio airplay, removing the spoken word monologue, though the version on the record is unaltered. The first track on the B-side, a cover of Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz", was recorded with Lemmy of Motörhead fame on bass guitar. "Turkey Song" was not credited on the sleeve.

Live performances

The Damned performed "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" alongside "Smash It Up" on the BBC2 television show The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1979, where they infamously trashed the stage towards the end of the song. [1]

Track listing

  1. "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" (Dadomo, Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward) - 2:53
  2. "Ballroom Blitz" (Chapman, Chinn) - 3:30
  3. "Turkey Song" (Scabies, Sensible, Vanian, Ward) - 1:32

Production credits

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References

  1. The Old Grey Whistle Test (DVD). Warner Home Video. 2003.