Song of the Day: Happy Together by The Turtles (cover by Filter)

“Happy Together” is a 1967 song from The Turtles’ album of the same name. Filter covered this song for the soundtrack to the movie The Stepfather (2009).

Lyrics:

Imagine me and you, I do
I think about you day and night
It’s only right
To think about the girl you love
And hold her tight
So happy together

If I should call you up, invest a dime
And you say you belong to me
And ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be
So very fine
So happy together

I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you
For all my life
When you’re with me baby the skies’ll be blue
For all my life
You and me!
(I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you)
Me and you!
You and me!
(I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you)
Me and you!

Me and you, and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice
It has to be
The only one for me is you
And you for me
So happy together

I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you
For all my life
When you’re with me baby the skies’ll be blue
For all my life
You and me!
Me and you!
You and me!
Me and you!
You and me!
Me and you!
You and me!
Me and you!

……

The song features ambient sound with alternative metal. It can be heard on their Myspace profile. It was also used in a promo for the seventh season of Criminal Minds and also a trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013).

Original by The Turtles:

Released in February 1967, the song knocked The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” out of the number one slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group’s only chart-topper. “Happy Together” reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1967. The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, former members of a band known as The Magicians. The song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles, and the demo acetate was worn out.

When performing the song on television, Mark Volman commonly “played” a different instrument not present in the song for each appearance. On Ed Sullivan he “played” a trumpet, on the Smothers Brothers a piano, and on others a French horn. This could be seen as a wink to the audience that they were lip-syncing, a common practice for 1960s television.

The song has been featured in many movies, including 1970’s The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, 1983’s Heart Like a Wheel, 1987’s Making Mr. Right, 1987’s Ernest Goes to Camp, 1989’s Happy Together, 1988’s Naked Gun, 1994’s Muriel’s Wedding, 1997’s Happy Together, 2000’s Sorted, 2002’s Adaptation., 2002’s Cherish, 2002’s S1m0ne, 2002’s Bubble Boy, 2003’s Freaky Friday featured “Happy Together,” as well as a cover by Simple Plan, 2004’s Ma Mère, 2005’s Imagine Me and You, 2006’s documentary Blindsight, 2007’s Simpsons Movie, 2008’s 27 Dresses, and 2009’s Stepfather. Frank Alamo’s French cover of the song was featured in the 2010 movie Get Him to the Greek and Scared Shrekless. The song appears in the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

In television, the song has been used in many episodes of The Simpsons including “The Way We Weren’t” and “Trilogy of Error”, and in episodes of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, That ’70s Show (sung by the cast in the episode “That ’70s Musical”), The Muppet Show (sung by guest star Florence Henderson with a set of Muppet Monsters and Frackles), Cupid (sung by Lisa Loeb), Scrubs, ER, The Wonder Years, and the My Name Is Earl episode “Faked His Own Death”.

In advertisement, the song was used in 1980s Golden Grahams ads. In 1999, the song was used for a Super Smash Bros. ad where Mario,Donkey Kong, Pikachu, and Yoshi are fighting in a field of flowers. Toyota (Toyota New Zealand) used for its promotion of the Toyota Rav4in 2006; the spot was made by New Zealand based Saatchi & Saatchi. In 2009, Ford used the song for the promotion of Ford Focus. The spot was made by Brazil based JWT São Paulo. However, the Ford commercial featured its “employees” singing the song while they designed and manufactured the car rather than the original version of the song recorded by The Turtles.

Filter

Origin Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres Industrial rock, alternative metal, industrial metal,alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active 1993–present
Labels Reprise, Pulse, Rocket Science,Wind-up
Associated acts Nine Inch Nails, The Damning Well, Army of Anyone
Website http://www.officialfilter.com
Members
  • Richard Patrick
  • Jonathan Radtke
  • Tim Kelleher
  • Bobby Miller

The Turtles

The Turtles.png

Also known as The Tyrtles, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock,psychedelic pop, sunshine pop
Years active 1965–1970
Associated acts Flo & Eddie, The Mothers of Invention
Website http://www.theturtles.com
Members Howard Kaylan
Mark Volman
Past members Al Nichol
Jim Tucker
Chuck Portz
Don Murray
Joel Larson
John Barbata
Chip Douglas
Jim Pons
John Seiter

image by Entrepreneurial

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