Harvey Danger's 'Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?' Celebrated with First Vinyl Pressing
Published May 05, 2014We've got excellent news for '90s rock lovers with a soft spot for watching American Pie and reminiscing about the good old days: soon you'll be able to hear Harvey Danger's classic anthem "Flagpole Sitta" with the warmth of vinyl thanks to an upcoming reissue.
The Seattle band's debut album, 1997's Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?, will be getting its first-ever vinyl pressing via No Sleep Records on July 29. It's available to pre-order here.
The artwork was tweaked by band members Aaron Huffman (bass), Evan Sult (drums) and Sean Nelson (vocals). Like the original cover, it features a picture of the house that the band members live in at the time, and an announcement notes that the image has been "updated to reflect the passage of time." This pressing preserves the original 10-song tracklist.
In an inscription for the vinyl package, Nelson wrote:
Under the long shadow of 17 years' worth of memory, I must say that listening back to the 10 songs that changed everything for us is a bracing sensation. To hear the person you were when you weren't yet who you are now is to understand how little you understood, and to recognize how little you even could have understood. This is doubly bracing when you consider that the person you were then had everything riding on the depth of his understanding. It's tempting to be hard on your past self, the one who made all those idiotic mistakes, who scorched so many friendships, who insisted he knew exactly what we was doing while steering car after car into ditch after ditch. And yet, temptations aside, it feels a lot better, and in a much bigger way, to hoist hindsight's binoculars to your deteriorating eyes and spy something you love.
Harvey Danger went on to release two more albums before breaking up in 2009. "Flagpole Sitta" was their most commercially successfully hit.
Thanks to Modern Vinyl for the tip.
Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?:
1. Carlotta Valdez
2. Flagpole Sitta
3. Wooly Muffler
4. Private Helicopter
5. Problems and Bigger Ones
6. Jack the Lion
7. Old Hat
8. Terminal Annex
9. Wrecking Ball
10. Radio Silence