Just as so many of their ’90s peers are clawing their way back to the scene, the men of Harvey Danger — you probably know them because of 1998’s“Flagpole Sitta” — have decided to call it quits.
“After 15 years, three albums, hundreds of shows, and far more twists and turns than we ever imagined possible, we’ve decided to put Harvey Danger to rest. The decision is totally mutual and utterly amicable. Everyone is very proud of the work we’ve done together, but we’ve also come to feel that our collaboration has–in a very positive way–run its course,” the band wrote on their website on May 28th of this year. They announced a string of farewell shows — the first of which istomorrow night at Harper’s Ferry in Boston (careful, that link will start playing “Flagpole Sitta” at high volume) – and are presumably busy dismantling all sorts of business hoo-hah and studio space, or whatever happens when you break up a band.
Here at the Music Mix, however, we were not content to let this charming outfit go quite so quietly into that good night. Since frontman and Seattle man-about-town Sean Nelson is also an excellent writer — he most recently blew our minds with the liner notes for Death Cab’sSomething About Airplanes reissue — we asked if he’d document the final tour here on EW.com. He very kindly agreed. Sean’s first post will run Monday, recapping the weekend’s events; he’ll write for three more Mondays after that, until the band is finally put to rest.
Anyway, so get excited. And watch the video for “Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” below, one of my favorite Harvey Danger songs that does not involve flagpoles. Bonus: Ione Skye!