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Album Review

"I'm not sick, but I'm not well" whines vocalist Sean Nelson in "Flagpole Sitta," the first single released from Harvey Danger's 1998 debut album. Such studied bile and wry wordplay abound on this lyrically and musically very solid first effort. Rather than pigeonholing themselves into a sub-genre, Harvey Danger seem to have incorporated a variety of "alternative" influences — notably the Pixies, the Wedding Present, and Joy Division — plus bits of Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, the Smiths, Hole, Green Day, Buzzcocks, Ride, and Iggy Pop. The band's use of dynamics on this album is subtle and skillful, gliding within one song from a whisper to a Wall of Noise and back again seamlessly. With its melodic basslines and roomy, fuzz-box guitars chugging away at forceful riffs that straddle the line between '70s British punk and '80s indie, Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? should be immediately accessible to fans of intelligent, sardonic, hard-edged rock. In "Private Helicopter," Nelson sneers "If you've got greatness in you, would you do us all a favor and keep it to yourself?" Fortunately, Harvey Danger have chosen not to take their own advice.

Customer Reviews

The 90s

I was about 6 years old when this came out. I really miss those days...

Thank You 1997!!

Harvey Danger ladies and gentlemen! This album is dripping with the screechy guitars and melodic vocals of the mid 1990's. Listening to this album reminds me of high school... with my spiked hair and Chuck Taylor's. This album represents some of the best years to me... the mid nineties. Life was peachy. The music may not be sound on a critical standard, but the nostalgia that Flagpole Sitta' induces is intoxicating! Great album. Great representation of our 'glory days.' This is a must have for anyone who remembers when Super Soakers weren't lame and when gas was affordable. Do it!

harvey danger rocks

Carlotte Valdez and Flagpole Sitta. how could you go wrong


Formed: 1994 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although formed in Seattle during grunge's heyday, Harvey Danger took inspiration from a wide range of influences, from hometown heroes like Nirvana and Mudhoney to such melodic cult bands as the Pixies, the Buzzcocks, and Ride. The group began taking shape in 1994, when University of Washington students Sean Nelson (vocals), Jeff Lin (guitar), Aaron Huffman (bass), and Evan Sult (drums) came together to play cover songs at college parties. In time, the group developed a rabid cult following thanks...
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