We don’t make the rules regarding these things, but 22 years later it’s clear that Harvey Danger’s 1997 hit “Flagpole Sitta” remains one of the more enduring tracks of the last great decade. It holds up, musically, like few songs from that year, and it’s remarkably still heard everywhere from indie dance parties to your local emo night, with lyrics like “I’m not sick / But I’m not well” resonating pretty heavily with anyone who is still publishing zines and raging against machines here in the good ol’ 2019.
So color us thrilled to hear that Los Angeles musician/producer Elohim has covered the song for her Braindead EP. The record hit back in May, but Elohim’s cover, a chilled-out, almost lounge-esque collaboration with AWOLNATION, has made the internet rounds this week courtesy of a new music video devoid of any paranoia, paranoia.
“Aaron [Bruno] and I both grew up close to Malibu” says Elohim. “It was special to film on film in a place that means so much to both of us. To me this video is nostalgic and a perfect representation of California summer dreams. I hope that it will transport you to that beautiful carefree place.”
It’s not a sin to live this well, so hit the video and bask in all the glory of “Flagpole Sitta” below.