Market Failure

How is that I first heard of Harvey Danger yesterday? And not via Pandora, but via this peculiar bit of lip-synching hosted at we-want-to-be-your-friendly-video share/repository vimeo? (Actually, it doesn't compare all that badly to the band's video for Flagpole Sitta …)

Seems that Harvey Danger has been around for over a decade — it's not going to be my favorite band, but it's an appealing and energizing mix of rock, rockabiliy, punk, and lyrics with just enough references to be interesting. I bet they are a blast in concert.

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4 Responses to Market Failure

  1. Dave says:

    Michael, this really relates to the whole internet radio issue. If I could not stream kexp.org from Seattle I might not have heard about this band (they’re playing in Seattle in August free show). First thing is that you should listen to kexp and the John in the morning show (excellent music show-works well with the time zone differences). Second thing is that the music industry must wrap their heads around the fact that streaming music DOES increase a bands exposure and drive some sales. You can also check out their myspace.com/hdanger for four songs. I hate watching youtube vids.

  2. de Selby says:

    IMO, King James Version was their best work.

    Here’s how it starts:


    I had a lovely brunch with Jesus Christ.
    He said, “two words about inanity: fundamental christianity.”
    The food was very nice.
    But then He had to go and die for my sins and stick my ass with the check.

    And here’s how it ends:


    Talk it over, talk it, overtalk it;
    the answer’s still the same:
    It’s discontent, humiliation,
    ’cause you were the theme and I was the variation.

    Try to take a less dramatic course of action.
    This attraction-introspection-diction predilection
    is breaking my heart again, breaking my heart again.

    It’s out of print, but you can get it used…

    http://www.amazon.com/King-James-Version-Harvey-Danger/dp/B00004X0PT

  3. AB says:

    Wow. In 1998 you really couldn’t escape “Flagpole Sitta”…
    Except, of course, that you did.

  4. That’s the whitest dot-com in New York.

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