Today’s Track of the Day comes from Washington-based twee band Beat Happening. “You Turn Me On” comes off their 1992 K Records release Turn Me On, which was the band’s last official release, although they have not officially disbanded—they haven’t performed together since the ’90s and declined an invitation to perform at the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2005, although they did release a 7-inch in 2001. Vocalist and guitarist Calvin Johnson, a mainstay in the Northwest music scene, was a member of The Go Team (along with Bikini Kill‘s Tobi Vail) before forming Beat Happening. Johnson went on to form the funk band Dub Narcotic Sound System, collaborating with spoken word artists like Miranda July and Lois Moffeo (of the band Courtney Love), until the band was involved in a car accident in 2003 that left Johnson badly injured. Heather Lewis, Beat Happening’s other vocalist, performed guest vocals on The Wedding Present‘s album Watusi, while Bret Lunsford, the third member of the group, took his life in a non-musical direction, authoring the book Croatian Fishing Families of Anacortes.



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