I hope that it's a good title. I think that it's in harmony with the simple truths that I've tried to find. I really wanted to write a very personal album. For me, "Happiness?" is the best work I've done individually. It is fundamentally a very individual work and each piece has it's own identity. I think that the result would have been very different if I had worked in a group.
I've effectively played a bit of guitar on the album, but mainly rhythm, because Jason, my main guitarist is literally amazing and brilliant. Also, I have let him evolve in his way on the record. He has an excellent touch. My principal objective was to concentrate to the maximum on my voice, because it is, in my opinion the best means I have to give out to the best the feeling of my compositions.
It was on and off for a week at a time, but we still managed to get a lot done. It was always professional, but very relaxed and good fun. Roger was still writing stuff. It wasn’t like we had a whole song ready to be recorded; in fact, some of the time, he just had a few chords that were worked on and built up. I had a lot of freedom to play. Roger would ask me to try something on a track and I would improvise, which really suited me. There were never guitar demos for me to follow or anything. The only things that might have been there that I did again would be something like straightforward power chords, but never actual song parts.
Yoshiki sent the stereo mix, Roger’s vocals were added and then it was put together in Japan.
I believe that it is a real problem that must be put in light, especially for the young. It is one of the main dangers that exist in today's society and particularly in Europe of all places. I wanted to write something simple and direct which gives the main idea, one which repeats throughout the whole song. In my opinion the repetition fixes firmly the idea in people's heads. This sentence that continually comes back is "They say that it never happened". To think that of the holocaust is purely and simply outrageous. How can they be stupid enough to think that? The general atmosphere of "Nazis" is cold and without feeling. That's at least what I wanted to create. The only emotions that we can set against these people are the strongest emotions. That's all there is which can stand against them.
In fact, I really enjoyed playing Nazis 1994 as I could make lots of noise! We used some samples that made it quite powerful.