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Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
|1. Carlotta Valdez|
|2. Flagpole Sitta|
|3. Woolly Muffler|
|4. Private Helicopter|
|5. Problems & Bigger Ones|
|6. Jack The Lion|
|7. Old Hat|
|8. Terminal Annex|
|9. Wrecking Ball|
|10. Radio Silence|
There's a disturbing trend in the Northwest: bands are getting way over-hyped before their first full-length record (which is often mediocre and disappointing) even hits the streets. Seattle's Harvey Danger, however, deserved the buzz that their debut CD generated. Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? was quite simply one of the best Emerald City records released in 1997. It has the pop accessibility of vocalist Sean Nelson's high-register croon (not unlike Jeremy Enigk), and the energetic and dynamic punch of a band--guitarist Jeff Lin, bassist Aaron Huffman, and drummer Evan Sult--that had developed its chops together for more than four years. Harvey Danger have drawn all the worthwhile elements from 1990s indie rock and created a sound that is at once their own, yet completely familiar. Lin's guitar is full and confident, ranging from full-on power chords to buzzing melodies, while Huffman frequently takes the leads with his fat, distorted bass humming away. Sult ably links the two with a minimum of flash and pretence. Nelson's clear-as-a-bell vocals and sardonic, clever, and frequently emotional lyrics are both the album's strongest and weakest aspects. Occasionally his verbosity overcomes the music and his almost condescending sniping becomes a little tiresome. However, these are minor complaints in the big picture, because songs like "Carlotta Valdez", "Flagpole Sitta", and "Problems and Bigger Ones" are true gems, and for a first effort, this is as close to flawless as a band can get. --Adem Tepedelen
Top Customer Reviews
"Run from nowhere, nowhere follows you" ~Wrecking ball
"You can't swim when you've been dead a hundred years"~ Carlotta Valdez
"All I ever wanted to be was a wooly muffler on your naked neck; double-wrap me when its cold"
"Friends will turn against you, people dissapoint you every time. so if you've got greatness in you, woudl you do us all a favor, and keep it to yourself?" ~ both from Wooly Muffler (the whole song is worth putting here but im not going to because it only gives you 1000 words)
"We'll have problems yeah, then we'll have bigger ones"~ Problems and Bigger Ones
"Like a zero drowning in a sea of higher numbers- I think that i liked you better when you just ignored me"
"Here's something beautiful now smash it, to bits" ~Terminal Annex
"Just enough knowledge to know I dont know anything"
"some people will surprise you with a real depth of feeling"
"Nobody likes what I like, thats how I like it" ~all three from Radio Silence
So Send me to the hospital for nerves because this whole CD is musical genious.
"Carlotta Valdez" is an okay song, not their best work by far, but not their worst.
"flagpole sittah" is by far the most famous and different song on the whole CD. its faster than everything else they wrote for this album, but i think that without it, the CD would be a little boring.
now we come to track 3, probably my second favorite song ever (if you dont know me, my favorite song ever is Idioteque by radiohead). "wooly muffler" is the title, and it starts off slow and soft, so you think that its a blank track so people skip over it DONT DO IT. it's like a weezer obsession song almost....you know the sort of stuff they write. "all i ever wanted to be was a wooly muffler on your naked neck, double wrap me when its cold..." there thats the opening sentence, the rest of the lyrics i will leave you to find on your own, but please do, its a fantastic song and it builds up to a greater tempo eventually and its the only song on the whole cd i have memorized after all this time.
track 4 is a long confession without a true refrain, but "private helicopter" has a good tune nonetheless.
"problems and bigger ones" has a slow but meaningful tone, again no refrain- its something that harvey danger excels at, and its good, the anticipation is great.
"jack the lion" roaring his last! that line will always stick with me, this song is a tribute no doubt, another catchy song.
i love "old hat"....call me freaky call me childish, call me ishmael.....snagging a line from moby dick...Read more ›
The album starts with "Carlotta Valdez", the shortest track on the CD. It's an amusing song that twists through some weird lyrics; including passages ranging from Jimmy Stewart to jumping into the San Francisco Bay. I don't really understand any of the lyrics, but the music flows brilliantly with them nevertheless. And "Flagpole Sitta" is no different. Yet the lyrics seem to be more smoothed this time around. Whereas in "Carlotta Valdez" you won't know what they're talking about. Harvey Danger's first single tackles the subjects of getting your tongue pierced, becoming amputated, paranoia, and even running with moles. Its fast beats and catchy lyrics are probably what made it so popular. Incidentally, the first two songs don't offer much we can relate to. Still, you can enjoy both of them; especially "Flagpole Sitta". But as you hear "Woolly Muffler", you'll appreciate their lyrics much, much more. The song starts 'all I ever wanted to be was a woolly muffler on your naked neck'. A bold start, that leads us into a series of relationship-like quotes.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a well done vinyl reissue with very interesting liner notes, comes on colored vinyl (plain old white opaque but still cool).Published 7 months ago by greg vergo
This CD is amazing. Though many will look at the CD for the infectious hit "Flagpole sitta", but there is much more to the CD than that one hit. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Naive Pegasus
Man, I can't believe how much this c.d. rocks! Sure, "Flagpole Sitta" is one of my favorite songs, but there are other good ones, too. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by Dave R Goetz
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! Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by Bumpy Gathers
I listen to mostly hardcore,and I hate most of the stuff that ever got played on the radio. This cd is one exception. Read morePublished on July 8 2003 by Jake
I didn't really know that other people knew about the greatness of Harvey Danger until I read these reviews but I'm glad that other people are so lucky as to have had the pleasure... Read morePublished on April 22 2003
They formed a band named Harvey Danger.
I'd give it 5 stars if they would not have started the cd with "Carlotta Valdez," one of the dumbest songs to lead off with. Read more
To this day, WHATMG is still my most favorite album. The music's still edgy, the lyrics are strong and relative. This is the only album I've ever owned where I liked EACH track. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002
After hearing the radio hit in this CD, I was expecting a set of semifunny and incoherent songs about nothing. If this is what you want, don't buy this CD. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2002