The Happy Family – The Man On Your Street

Released on 4AD Records – CAD 214 CD – 1982.


  1. The Salesman
  2. Letter From Hall
  3. The Luckiest Citizen
  4. Revenge!
  5. The Courier
  6. The Man On Your Street
  7. A Night Underground
  8. Two Of A Kind
  9. March In Turin
  10. Puritans
  11. Innermost Thoughts
  12. The Mistake

Momus says

It’s 1982. Postcard Records and The Sound Of Young Scotland. An Edinburgh literature student called Nick Currie forms a pop group with three ex-members of local group Josef K. They sign to 4AD Records, home of The Birthday Party, and proceed to record a CD with the following cast list: an evangelical detergent salesman; a Fascist dictator who comes to power thanks to a lottery win; Samuel, the son of the salesman and Maria, the dictator’s beautiful daughter, who join the Red Brigades and plot to assassinate the Fascist. Confused? Just wait ’til you read the lyrics!

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