Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?
Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? is the debut studio album by American rock band Harvey Danger. It was initially released by the independent record label the Arena Rock Recording Company on July 29, 1997. The second song on the album, "Flagpole Sitta", received extensive airplay in the United States and resulted in the band's initial fame. As the song gained national attention, the album was picked up and reissued by Slash Records, a label associated with London Records. On July 29, 2014, 17 years to the day after the album's initial release, Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? was re-released, for the first time as a vinyl LP, by No Sleep Records. The album has been described by Fuse as "a definitive indie power pop punk record at a time and place where grunge reigned supreme".
|Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 29, 1997|
|Recorded||March and June 1996, February 1997|
|Studio||John & Stu's Place (Seattle, Washington)|
|Harvey Danger chronology|
|Singles from Changing Faces|
The album was recorded over three different sessions with John Goodmanson at John & Stu's Place in Seattle, WA. "Private Helicopter", "Terminal Annex", and "Carjack Fever" were recorded on March 16, 1996 and released on a commercially produced cassette tape, titled simply Harvey Danger, which was sold by the band at their shows and sent to music industry professionals. Three more songs ("Flagpole Sitta", "Wooly Muffler", and "Wrecking Ball") recorded at the June 1996 session, were sent on a one-off cassette tape to Slash/London Records at the request of Greg Glover, an intern who was convinced on the strength of the recordings that he should fund a full album. All of the recordings, except one ("Carjack Fever"), became Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? The total cost of the recording was about $3,000.
The album title comes from a line in the song "Radio Silence".
All lyrics are written by Harvey Danger; all music is composed by Harvey Danger.
|5.||"Problems and Bigger Ones"||5:41|
|6.||"Jack the Lion"||5:30|
|10.||"Radio Silence" (Includes hidden track after 5:15, a partial recording of "Carjack Fever" played backwards.)||5:15/8:26|
Adapted credits from the album's media notes.
- Kent-Abbott, David. "Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? – Harvey Danger". AllMusic. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Wirth, Jim (August 13, 1998). "Harvey Danger – Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?". NME. Archived from the original on October 13, 2000. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Josephes, Jason. "Harvey Danger: Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on February 28, 2008. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Moon, Tom (May 6, 1998). "Harvey Danger: Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 24, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Sherman, Maria (July 29, 2014). "Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone: An Interview with Harvey Danger". Fuse. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
- "Gale Musician Profiles: Harvey Danger". Answers.com. Gale. n.d. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? (media notes). Harvey Danger. Slash. 1997. P2 56000.CS1 maint: others (link)