On The Pole

What about it?

It’s Monday!  So let’s once again to dig deep into that vault full of musical treasures we like the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  No long winded and fancy intro from me this week, I’ll just let DJ Scratchy and the Sponkies get right to the music…

Seattle was exporting more than just overpriced coffee during the 1990’s thanks to the grunge movement that dominated the rock music scene of the decade.  At the tail end of that movement came a University of Washington band called Harvey Danger.  They managed to put together an album in 1997 that despite being released on a minor label managed to make the rounds of radio stations in the area…. with one song in particular suddenly getting played a lot on the radio.  First in Seattle, then New York, then LA, and then, nationwide…..

“Flagpole Sitta,” naturally coming in the waning years of grunge, was itself a response to the Nirvana-inspired culture it created.  It’s a great rocker, has a wicked sense of humor, and was naturally the band’s only hit (#32 on the Hot 100).  One hit wonders tend to either embrace and build their careers around the existence of that one song they’re famous for, or they grow to absolutely and utterly hate that it’s the only thing they’re defined by.  Harvey Danger absolutely fits that latter group…. and they did everything within their power to remove themselves from “Flagpole Sitta” by radically changing their musical style on their two successive albums, and of course, that totally didn’t work…

Goddamn this song! It’s done nothing but make me fucking rich…

And on that note, we’re going get out the rusty padlock and sit on the Dusty Vinyl Archive for the next seven months.  Why?  My next Top 30 countdown, what else?  To find out what that countdown will be, tune in this Friday…..


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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10 Responses to On The Pole

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    I do remember this song, and it’s pretty good, actually. 🙂

  2. fits to this times… we need some merrymakers too now

  3. Another one I’ve never heard but the song is pretty danged funny!


  4. Juliette says:

    “Only Stupid People Are Breeding”
    Yep, that just about says it all.

  5. I don’t remember this song at all, dang it. It’s a good way to start out the day.

  6. draliman says:

    I quite enjoyed that, and I vaguely remember it too. I had Alexa play it for me as the video is not available to me, apparently.

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