Harpoon (song)

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Single by Jebediah
from the album Slightly Odway
Released 22 June 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 23:43
Label Murmur
Producer(s) Neill King
Jebediah singles chronology
"Animal" (1999)

"Harpoon" is the fourth single released from Slightly Odway, the debut album of Australian alternative rock band, Jebediah. The song was released on 22 June 1998 and reached #46 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.

Cover art[edit]

The cover art for the CD single uses a photograph that was taken by the father of band members, Kevin and Brett Mitchell.

Music video[edit]

The "black-and-white" music video featured the animated artwork of an artist who used charcoal on paper.[1] In the Sony-produced documentary, Jebediaries, lead singer, Kevin Mitchell, explains that the artist based the animation on the single's cover art.

Cover versions[edit]

A cover version of the song by Melbourne, Australia band, Something for Kate, is included on the Harpoon EP.

Triple J Hottest 100[edit]

"Harpoon" polled twice in the 1998 Triple J Hottest 100 with Jebediah's original at #7 and Something for Kate's cover at #85. It was the first time that two versions of the same song have polled in the same Hottest 100 list[citation needed] (the Franz Ferdinand song, "Take Me Out", and the corresponding Scissor Sisters cover, was the second such song, appearing in the 2004 Hottest 100 list).[2]

Jimmy Eat World split EP[edit]

The song was also included in a split EP with American band, Jimmy Eat World; the EP was released on Redline Records (an independent label co-founded by Jebediah with its management company) in Australia and Big Wheel Recreation (United States).[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jebediah, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Harpoon"     4:26
2. "Harpoon" (performed by Something for Kate)   4:19
3. "Clint"   Something for Kate 5:16
4. "Sorry"     3:10
5. "Ski Trip"     2:25
6. "I Ran"   A Flock of Seagulls 4:07


  1. ^ MAX452AU (21 January 2007). "Harpoon Jebediah". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ triple j (2010). "hottest 100 2004". triple j. ABC. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ MacKenzie Wilson (2012). "Jimmy Eat World". SongFreaks. SongFreaks Inc. Retrieved 29 September 2012.