Everyone has heard Harvey Danger, for there was a short period in the 90’s where they drilled Flagpole Sitta into everyone’s heads by way of the radio. Then, according to the blasphemous ‘mainstream’ folk, they disappeared. This is not actually the case — they followed up 1998’s Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? with King James Version, a bombastic record that managed to surpass its predecessor, being significantly catchier, while retaining the same level of lyrical quality (“I had a lovely brunch with Jesus Christ / he said two words about inanity / fundamental christianity,” off of its opener Meetings With Remarkable Men, and “Pomposity is when you always think you’re right / Arrogance is when you know,” off of Pike St./Park Slope).
That failed to receive much attention. And then they truly did disappear, only to resurface in 2005 with Little By Little, with a more ‘indie’ sound. I have consistently loved everything they’ve put out, and it just seems a terrible shame that nobody I’ve talked to about them has heard anything of theirs after the band’s brush with fame eight years ago.
And what’s more, if you enjoy them at all, you can even download the entirety of Little By Little off of their site.
From Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?
Carlotta Valdez – (MP3, 2.6 MB)
Terminal Annex – (MP3, 3.5 MB)
From King James Version
Meetings With Remarkable Men (Show Me the Hero) – (MP3, 2.7 MB)
Authenticity – (MP3, 2.5 MB)
Underground – (MP3, 4.4 MB)
From Little By Little
Wine, Women, and Song – (MP3, 3.1 MB)
Happiness Writes White – (MP3, 3.0 MB)
What You Live By – (MP3, 2.9 MB)