Miss Happiness

Released June 15, 1992 on LP, CD, and cassette. Caroline and Quigley Records.

Produced by Mr. Colson. Check out Doug’s insight into the recording of this beautiful album. It looks like he might have more to say. Leave a comment on his website and encourage him to share more.


This power trio who named their band after a popular college psychology professor, sound very close in beat and power to Smashing Pumpkins, but somehow meld a psychedelic influence (in particular John Kimbrough’s flanged vocals on “Miss Happiness”, the opener) without becoming too self-absorbed or losing their punch. It took me by surprise. – Under the Volcano 10 (1992)

Harmonizing vocals. Funky, nice, safe rock. Fresh new stuff. Impressive sound production. Very close to Kings S, Faith No MOre, Rush…. Looking for that cutting edge. Get a good video producer and Walt Mink could be the next Red Hot Chili Peppers, who knows? – Dumpster Dive 6 (1992)

Everything from the drum sounds, vocal melodies, and guitar tones on Miss Happiness resemble what the Smashing Pumpkins acheived on their successful Gish album, but Walt Mink does have something new to offer. Bluesy twists uniquely accentuate churning, psychedelic, fuzzy guitar riffs as guitarist/vocalist John Flansburg adds a quirky element with his They Might Be Giants-like vocals. – Michigan Review (September 16, 1992)

“While Jane’s Addiction may have had an edge in artiness and Nirvana in angst and rage, nearly everyone who’s witnessed Walt Mink live would contend that they were one of the best live bands of the 90s.” – March 27, 2006. Read the full review on Fast n’ Bulbous.

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