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Harvey Danger

Seattle, United States (1992 – 2009)

Harvey Danger was an alternative rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992 and rose to prominence in 1998 with the iconic single “Flagpole Sitta”. Released from their debut album, ‘Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?’, the song helped the group build its college radio fan-base. The band released their last album in 2005, ‘Little by Little’ (also known as ‘Little by Little…’), after the five year hiatus that followed the release of their sophomore album, ‘King James Version’. Harvey Danger has a devoted cult following (with many free downloads available from their website) but the band is widely labeled as a “one hit wonder”, mainly due to limited mainstream radio airplay and a lack of decent record deals.

Still, Harvey Danger has attracted U.S. attention due to their critical praise, with the All Music Guide calling the release ‘Little by Little’ “a smart and compelling pop album”. In contrast, the band is little known in Europe, the aforementioned issues compounded since the band focused on selling themselves in America (especially Seattle) and thus made it very difficult for fans to get albums in Europe. The original drummer, Evan Sult, moved to Chicago and now drums in the band Bound Stems. For a short-time, he was replaced by Michael Welke, formerly of the band No. 226.

As a symbol of the group’s close connection to its fans, they published their last album as a free download along with other materials.


Harvey Danger began in 1992 with University of Washington classmates Jeff Lin and Aaron Huffman deciding "it might be fun to start a band." Taking their name from a phrase graffitied onto the wall of the UW student newspaper office, the duo played house parties and bars as they were until the following year, when they invited Evan Sult to be their drummer. Despite his complete lack of drumming experience, Sult agreed, bringing along his own similarly inexperienced classmate Sean Nelson.

The foursome played their first show on April 21, 1994 at the now-defunct Lake Union Pub; Sult and Nelson, both under 21, were only permitted entry during the set. That summer, the band moved into Nelson's student house together and began holding band practices in the basement. The band had little money and their drum set for their first few shows consisted of nothing more than a laundry bucket, 3 hubcaps, and a jar of pickles.[citation needed] More shows at the Lake Union Pub and other low-rent Seattle clubs followed, leading to exposure in The Seattle Times.

As the band began playing more shows at increasingly reputable venues, their songwriting gained momentum. In 1994, the band produced a six-song demo tape, sold at shows for $3. When three-quarters of the group became unemployed in 1996, they decided to devote yet more attention to the band, moving to another house and renting a rehearsal space. Their shows continued to improve, to the point of becoming regular weekend performers at the Crocodile Cafe.

The band recorded a three-track demo tape with producer John Goodmanson, which failed to draw attention from uninterested major labels, but found its way to Greg Glover, a London Records intern who ran his own small label, The Arena Rock Recording Company, Glover expressed interest in releasing a 7" single, and Harvey Danger provided him with an additional three songs—including "Flagpole Sitta"—also recorded with Goodmanson. On the strength of these, Glover agreed to bankroll a full-length album.


Harvey Danger is a rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1992.
Taking their name from a phrase graffitied onto the wall of the UW student newspaper office, the duo played house parties and bars as they were until the following year, when they invited Evan Sult to be their drummer.
"Flagpole Sitta" reached number one on radio charts, made Billboard magazine's Top 40, and appeared in a number of films and television shows. Its video found heavy rotation on MTV and VH1.
April 21, 2004 saw both the 10th anniversary of Harvey Danger and their first show since 2001.

 

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