"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.
Performance CreditsHarvey Danger Primary Artist,Group
Abby Grush Vocals
Aaron Huffman Bass
Jeff Lin Organ,Guitar,Violin,Background Vocals
Sean Nelson Vocals
Evan Sult Drums
Jeff Linn Organ,Violin,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsJohn Goodmanson Producer,Engineer
Aaron ? Cover Design
Harvey Danger Arranger,Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This band rox. If you don't believe me watch MTV. They are on all the time on MTV (Music Television) and they have a monkey in there video. HD rulz!
Harvey Danger's "Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone" is a CD that I can never get sick of no matter how many time I have played it. They are unlike any other band, with their sarcastic, witty and honest lyrics...which often times make you laugh out-loud. This is the type of CD you can play straight through without skipping over any songs. Harvey Danger is like my soul food!!