Shiny, happy things.


The lovely Sian at Mummytips has fixed her blog (thank God!) and tagged me with the Shiny Happy meme.

The rules of the meme are that I have to choose a picture and a song that encapsulate happiness for me – something I listen to or look at when I need an immediate injection of happy in my day.

Annoyingly, Sian’s nabbed my idea of using a Smiths track, although with hindsight, I’m not sure what it says about me that I can’t sing, “And if a double-decker bus, crashes into us…” without feeling just a little bit better about the world.

So, I thought a bit more. And I do have a song that I literally can’t listen to without smiling. I have it on my “HAPPY” iPod playlist, and if this song starts playing on the car CD, Flea instantly pipes up: “Remember the rule Mummy. Only three times then you have to play something else.” (I instigated this rule after spending a seven-hour drive to Devon listening to nothing but All American Rejects).

Anyway, before I share the song with you, here’s why I love it so much: 

  1. The original version of this track reminds me of some spectacularly happy moments in my life. Jumping up and down like a fool as a 17-year-old at the Reading festival. Going to indie clubs with my friends from college. Driving a Greenpeace van in Toronto with the Pixies on the stereo, all of us singing along at the tops of our voices. Just perfect.
  2. The cover takes a song I already adored, and just turns it into 2 minutes 45 of musical joy. This version encourages – nay, demands – comedy dancing. This song is the best comedy dance song ever. Fact.
  3. I even love the video taken of this performance – Meaghan Smith and her Peeps are just having so much fun! Who wouldn’t want to stand on a rooftop in the LA hills and play bongo drums? (the bongo guy is my favourite thing about this video).

So here it is for you all to enjoy: Meaghan Smith and the Peeps covering the Pixie’s Here Comes Your Man. Genius.

(ps I know the picture above is not big OR clever. But for some reason, I’m physically unable to look at it and not laugh. Bad Sally.)


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. 25th January 2010 / 10:41 am

    Yeah…. I fixed my blog!!!
    Glad i’m not the only one who is cheered up by tragic tunes… The Smiths rock.
    Love your song choice…and as for that pic.. made me chuckle!

  2. The Mad House
    25th January 2010 / 11:13 am

    We may have been moshing at Reading at the same time, it was a regular haunt for me!!

  3. 25th January 2010 / 12:39 pm

    I used to sing and dance around to Debaser by The Pixies and Sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll by Ian Dury when CJ was a baby, to stop her crying/keep her amused. Please don’t tell social services.

  4. 25th January 2010 / 1:26 pm

    Can’t stop laughing at that picture!

  5. 25th January 2010 / 1:44 pm

    Fantastic cover of that song. I’ve never heard of Meaghan and her Peeps, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled from now on!

  6. 25th January 2010 / 2:10 pm

    That is the BEST picture I have seen so far! Brilliant!

  7. 26th January 2010 / 2:43 pm

    Just love the song! Now as soon as I can work my ipod thingy….:)

  8. buy r4 ds
    28th January 2010 / 9:37 am

    Oh that photograph is really very funny and I could not stop my laugh.That song is very good and I liked it too.Thank you very much for such nice post.