Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm an amputee now, baby

121. Harvey Danger - "Flagpole Sitta" (Slash Records/London Records, 1997)

We had a few folks over the other night and somebody played this in the middle of holy shit, do you remember the shitty 90s YouTube jag, and I objected, cuz this stands head and shoulders above pretty much all of the self-consciously quirky alterna-rock that littered the 90s in America like a rainy day plague of mosquitos coming from the Northwest. "Paranoia paranoia" is the great after-the-fact flannel hook of all time, after all, even if the "if you're bored then you're boring, the agony and the irony, they're killing me" reveals the boys to be, in the end, anti-grunge. Bonus points for memories of outrageous late-90s Katie Holmes cuteness, obviously.

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