Song of the Day: The Fucking Eagles - (You Better Watch Your) Happy Home

The Fucking Eagles

The Fucking Eagles with Cheryl Waters
photo by Allie Bishop Pasquier

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists, but this entire week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank our local music community by offering songs exclusively from Northwest artists. Today‚Äôs featured selection is “(You Better Watch) Your Happy Home” by Seattle’s The Fucking Eagles from the 2009 album Midnight Sour available on Gaptooth Jukebox Records.

The Fucking Eagles - (You Better Watch Your) Happy Home (MP3)


Now that you’re unnaturally full of turkey, it’s time to think of consuming another fowl entity, Tacoma’s own The Fucking Eagles. Far from putting you in a tryptophane-induced stupor, today’s band will have you up on your feet working off that second (or third) helping of pie. They blend elements of rockabilly, garage, punk and all the sweat and swagger of Detroit-style R & B into something that sounds both timely and timeless.

Sometimes some of the best things can come from goofing around with your friends, especially when those friends are talented musicians who also have eclectic tastes and a fondness for some out-of-the-way rock-n-roll. I got the opportunity to speak with the energetic and debonair frontman (Stu) about the band’s birth and vinyl indulgences.

How long have you been together, and what was the impetus that brought it all about?

Since 2005. It started as a joke. We just wanted to channel the fun we heard on old raunchy soul records, stuff from the Norton and Crypt record catalogues mainly. Gino Washington and the Compulsive Gamblers were the prime inspirations I’d say. We figured it would sound like a big ineptly white soul-less mess, and that would give us an excuse to just drink and party cause it wasn’t gonna sound good anyway. The name came along with us figuring it would be fitting to have something as equally impairing as our sound.

You have a sound that’s different from what a lot of folks are doing now but still pull from relevant sources. How do you balance this when it comes to song writing?

Most of us grew up in metal, noise, punk type bands so those strains probably find their way in and keep it from being purely sound specific? I dunno, I also have a record collecting fetish that runs the gambit from Alan Lomax to Digital Leather, that might play a part.

Any recent vinyl finds you’re especially giddy about?

Well, a Turbans ‘Best of’ and a Tandoori Knights 7″ we’re the only vinyl I picked up lately, not so much finds as just glad-to-have’ems... I have pretty much just been listening to The Fresh & Onlys’ Grey-Eyed Girls almost exclusively for most of the fall (on CD).

What is the inspiration/story behind today’s song, “(You Better Watch Your) Happy Home”?

It’s about one of many love affairs failing to stay afloat in Tacoma’s alcohol-saturated streets. Grit city romancings.

This being a traditional time for giving thanks, anything you’re thankful for?

We’re thankful anybody outside of Tacoma even takes note of our mutant little band. Thanks, KEXP!

The Fucking Eagles are playing the EP release party for Virgin Islands (featuring members of the now defunct band The Cops) along with The Tripwires (who are also celebrating the vinyl release of their new album that night) on Saturday Dec 5th. Check their myspace page fore more dates and info.

Here’s a video for “You Gotta Change”:

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One Comment

  1. nano
    Posted November 27, 2009 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    good

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