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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 Incredible! Jan. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. The CD starts with the uptempo, fast pased, and catchy "Caralotta Valdez", and then proceeds into the smash hit. The next tracks, though they begin slowly, pick up incredibly. Skip the first 30 seconds of "wolley muffler" and get to the awsome chorus. "Jack the Lion" is a song where you actually can feel the emotion seep through the stereo. "Terminal velocity" is amazing as well, and the whole CD is made with such heart and soul. Do yourselves a favour, and buy this CD!
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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. (I'm kinda curious as to why some of you don't like the first song.) The lyrics are funny and chock full of whit. I'm guessing that whoever writes the songs, was either an English major or just happens to be obscenely creative. And here's the irony. I HATE alternative music! Well, I hate most of it, that is. I'm more into technical metal/rock/fushion/guitar intrumentals. But it is a nice change-of-pace to put down that bloody Iron Maiden once in a while and to rock out on something that's refreshing to the ears. If you know someone who has this c.d., DON'T BURN IT. Support Harvey Danger and buy this c.d.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way More Than Five Stars! Nov. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
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!
Also Recommended: Wesley Willis, Hellride; Tears For Fears, Shout!; Young MC, Bust A Move
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just my personal review July 9 2003
By Jake
Format:Audio CD
I listen to mostly hardcore,and I hate most of the stuff that ever got played on the radio. This cd is one exception. Most people DO expect this to be more like flagpole sitta, I was originally dissapointed the first time I listened to it, skipping around tracks, but it really grew on me. This cd is one of the few that even after listening to at least every few weeks (a few days in a row when I do) I'm still not tired of it and it's been over a year. I have to be in the mood for this cd, but I usually feel like I'm in a happy depression before it's over instead of having no emotions. I know that's a contradiction, but after you hear the cd a few times you'll understand. I suggest that you buy this used though because you can find copies at almost any used cd store. Even here.
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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 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 23 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 "Flagpole Sitta" times 10?
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? Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by wellwellwell
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. 11 2002 by Donna Grayson
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