Thursday, August 10, 2006

Number 913 - Harvey Danger


Number 913

Harvey Danger

"Flagpole Sitta"

(1998)
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................Genre: Indie Rock...............

No its not the house from Amityville Horror nor a band recording from it. (And if you could ... would you ????).

"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 brit-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. ~ [David Kent]

Nice to see an "expert" know what he's talking about
For Iggy Pop see Number 980
For Joy Division see Number 401
For Hole see Number 507 & MM Vol 1 #030
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Makes you wonder) and the Album ranked at Number (They must have missed that one)

This song has a crowbarred rating of 56.2 out of 108
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