Happy Birthday by Altered Images (1981)
Strangely I found out about this band through a children's show. A cover of their song "Happy Birthday" was featured on Yo Gabba Gabba and it sounded oddly familiar so I decided to look it up (it was also on Sixteen Candles so maybe that's why). When I read more about the group they piqued my interest so I decided to check them out. They had an interesting new wave sound that reminds me a bit of a lighter Joy Division but is also not as peppy and cheery as "Happy Birthday" would suggest. There are some interesting songs on this album and a strange darkness despite seeming light on the surface. The album is very 80s but in a good way.
- Happy Birthday
- Love and Kisses
- Beckoning Strings
And for fun here is the clip from Yo Gabba Gabba where The Ting Tings cover the song.