[Extract from multiple articles collaged into the Xeroxed "inner sleeve". Happy Ships were a pre-KS band that included Warrick Sony, Lloyd Ross, Hamish Davidson and others.]
"DANCE floor flotsam will be pleased to learn the cult band of early 1981, Happy Ships, are performing a one-off gig at Scratch on Thursday night. The occasion is a result of members of the band once more finding themselves in the same city.
Happy Ships' colourful, left-handed collage of stirring styles and snappy snippets earned them a considerable reputation last year. Said guitarist Lloyd Ross: "Our brand of music is often danceable, occasionally undanceable, but always interesting."
He said the normal band instruments were used in conjunction with abnormal percussion pieces. "For instance we have East Mongolian hand cymbals, a pocket full of loose change and falling softdrink cans to add texture to the sound."
The gig will boost the inauguration of Thursday night as a regular dance night at Scratch, Cape Town's most popular alternative night club."
"HAPPY SHIPS, who hit Scratch last season to create enormous interest are back again for a one-off gig tonight at Scratch—our first and last gig of 1982, say the [...].
Four-sixths of the band are (from left) Warric Swimming, Lloyd Ross, Jonathan Fesant and Philip Mangle, all of whom play 'anything,' and whose music has been described as interesting, different and showing total lack of respect for present trends.
Missing are Wayne Wrath and Hamish Macsporne, who said he was away surfing in the Kalahari.
Oh yes, Johnathan Fesant claims to be the world's leading (possibly only) exponent of jingling-change-in-your-pocket as a true art form in the field of percussion. Happy Ships is a musical version of taking to sea without a boat."
All instruments by Warric & Hamish
Guests: Phillip & Wayne
Recorded on Friday, 10th July '81
at C & B Studios Westville, Natal
Photos by Brent Quinn
Thanks to Peter Mason and Jürgen Hofmeister
Production and Cover by Harry Rag
Pure Freude PF 17
For an interview with Warrick Sony click here.