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Where Have All The Merrymakers

Harvey Danger Audio CD
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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

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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

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HARVEY DANGER Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone? (1998 USA 10-track CD album from the Seattle 4-piece released after their critically accliamed Flagpole Sitta single. Also includes the single Private Helicopter. With picture sleeve booklet)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where DID all the merrymakers go? Nov. 7 2003
By AD9
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD in hopes that the other songs on the CD were as good as the famous Flagpole Sitta. I was wrong. They were better. If you havent gotten this CD yet, I suggest you do. If you dont have the money do buy it, rob somebody and buy it. if you get caught by the police, then do something to get yourself a death sentance and make sure your final request is to listen to this CD because it is THAT good. You dont believe me? I offer you the following various lyrics from the songs on this CD:
"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.
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By gmoney
Format:Audio CD
yeah you know it....the only song you've ever even HEARD the name of from these guys is "Flagpole Sittah," the only reason that the album sold any copies to begin with back in the mid nineties when it came out. HOWEVER....open up your ears and dont skip to track 2 (flagpole sittah" quite yet....
"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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Flagpole Sitta" times 10? March 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who know only Harvey Danger's hit "Flagpole Sitta", you know little about the band. On Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?, Harvey Danger offers 10 excellent tracks with lofty emotion and impressive lyrics. The whole CD is smart, witty, cynical, and melodic; all at the same time. Yet they still manage to maintain a good alternative rock sound. I think it's safe to say if you loved "Flagpole Sitta", then you will also love this entire CD. Harvey Danger is another gleaming Seattle band (although not with the grunge feel Nirvana and Soundgarden offered) that will please your music tastes; no matter what they are. Here, in two brief paragraphs, is an overview of each song.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
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 more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Naive Pegasus
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't forget that I'm the one who filled that f@#ker up!"
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 more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by Dave R Goetz
5.0 out of 5 stars Way More Than Five Stars!
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 more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by Bumpy Gathers
5.0 out of 5 stars Just my personal review
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 more
Published on July 8 2003 by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite CD of all time
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 more
Published on April 22 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Where have all the smart alec's gone?
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
Published on March 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey Danger-Standing the test of time...
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 more
Published on Dec 20 2002 by "speedforce"
5.0 out of 5 stars surprising and amazing
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 more
Published on Oct. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem
I bought this CD back when "Flagpole Sitta" was on the radio all the time, and I was disappointed when it wasn't what I expected at all. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2002 by David Piwinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Punk/Pop CD
Harvey Danger had a smash hit with "Flagpole Sitta". The rest of the CD is just as good as that song, but much more heavy on the punk/pop. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by Donna Grayson
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