Thursday, December 27, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Harvey Danger

Artist:Harvey Danger
Song:Flagpole Sitta
Album:Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?

Harvey Danger emerged from the Seattle alternative music scene of the 90s and had a top 40 hit with Flagpole Sitta in 1997. But their success was cut short by corporate restructuring in their record company and they never recovered from that. So I guess they are a one hit wonder. Harvey Danger was formed in 1992 by University of Washington classmates Jeff Lin (guitar) and Aaron Huffman (bass). They got the name Harvey Danger from some graffiti on the wall. Drummer Evan Sult joined the band in 1993 and brought his friend lead singer Sean Nelson. By 1995, Harvey Danger was generating buzz in Seattle and they produced a demo tape that they sold at shows. Recording engineer and producer John Goodmanson helped them with their next demo. It got the attention of Arena Rock Recording owner Greg Glover and he financed an album. Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone? was released in July 1997. Flagpole Sitta was released as a single. It started getting national radio play. So when Glover was hired by Slash/London Records, he brought Harvey Danger with him. Flagpole Sitta appeared in the hit film American Pie though it wasn't on the soundtrack CD. It also appeared in the film Disturbing Behavior and the song was on the soundtrack CDs of Dickie Roberts Child Star and Scooby Doo 2. It was also the theme for the British sitcom Peep Show. Harvey Danger recorded their second CD King James Version at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY. But there were problems at Warner Music. Slash was closed and Glover left. Warners sat on the CD until they could straighten things out. The band wanted to release it on Nelson's label Barsuk but Warners wouldn't do it. King James Version was released Sept. 2000 on Sire Records with no promotion and it died. Harvey Danger went on hiatus Apr. 2001. They reformed in 2004 minus Sult. They released one more CD in 2006 and split up for good in 2009. Sean Nelson still co-owns Barsuk and has been a sideman for several bands including Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists. Here's the video for Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger.

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