Say Hi

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Say Hi
Say Hi performing at Sunset Tavern in Ballard, Washington
Say Hi performing at Sunset Tavern in Ballard, Washington
Background information
Also known asSay Hi to Your Mom
OriginSeattle, Washington
GenresIndie rock
Years active2002–present[1]
MembersEric Elbogen

Say Hi (previously known as Say Hi to Your Mom) is a Seattle-based indie rock[2] band formed in Brooklyn in 2002 by Eric Elbogen.[3] Say Hi's albums were mostly recorded at Elbogen's home,[4] with him playing all of the instruments and providing vocals. On February 7, 2017, Elbogen announced the retirement of Say Hi.[5] On June 22, 2018, Elbogen announced the revival of Say Hi.[6]

Background information[edit]

Eric Elbogen was born in 1976 and grew up in San Fernando Valley, California. He attended UCLA. He then moved to Brooklyn, New York and created Say Hi to Your Mom in 2002.[7]

He plays a Fender Jazzmaster guitar.


Elbogen most often tours as a solo act, but occasionally employs friends to accompany him as his backing band.

Their fourth release, Impeccable Blahs, was written almost entirely about vampires,[8] though Star Trek is also mentioned.[2] The song "Angels and Darlas" is a reference to Angel and Darla from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel both created by Joss Whedon.

With the release of their fifth album The Wishes and the Glitch, the band shortened their name to "Say Hi".[9] This was done because the earlier name reflected an aesthetic that no longer matched the band's tastes.[10]

Say Hi covered The Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" for American Laundromat Records' charity CD "Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies" which was released worldwide on May 18, 2010.[11]

Elbogen's lyrics are noted as being one of the band's strengths.[12]

Say Hi's song, "One, Two...One" from Oohs & Aahs was featured in a 2010 Cadillac CTS sports sedan commercial.[citation needed]

Say Hi's song, "November Was White, December was Grey" from Oohs & Aahs was featured during the credits of the third episode on the Showtime show, "Shameless", which aired in January 2011.[citation needed]

Say Hi's song, "Hallie and Henry" from Oohs & Aahs was featured in season 2 episode 8 of United States of Tara, "Explosive Diorama".[citation needed]

Their song "Devils" was featured in the 2011 film, Scream 4.[citation needed]

The song "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh" from the 2009 album Oohs & Aahs was featured in a scene featuring Lio Tipton (credited as Analeigh Tipton) from the 2011 movie Crazy, Stupid, Love.[citation needed]

Say Hi's song, "Back Before We Were Brittle" from The Wishes and the Glitch serves as the theme song for Janet Varney's podcast The JV Club hosted on[13] Subsequently, an excerpt from "Back Before We Were Brittle" is used as the theme song for the TV show Playing House. The show's stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham have said they first heard the song on Varney's podcast.

Eric Elbogen
Eric Elbogen at The Crocodile in Seattle

In 2012, the songs "Shakes Her Shoulders", "Northwestern Girls", "Devils", "Shiny Diamonds", and "Love Love Love" were all featured in the 2012 movie Free Samples.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]



  1. ^ "Say Hi to Your Mom / Vinyl Records".
  2. ^ a b Howe, Brian (August 10, 2006), "Review", Pitchfork Media
  3. ^ Grose, Jessica (June 8, 2005), "Say Hi To Your Mom", Spin, retrieved December 29, 2013
  4. ^ Booth, Philip (May 18, 2006), "The lineup for Tropical Heatwave 25", St. Petersburg Times, retrieved November 24, 2007
  5. ^ Elbogen, Eric (February 3, 2017), "RIP Say Hi", Medium, retrieved July 2, 2017
  6. ^ "INFO".
  7. ^ Jimenez, Jenny (March 3, 2009), "Wizard of Blahs", The Stranger, retrieved April 14, 2009
  8. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (July 31, 2006), "Critics' Choice: New CD's", New York Times
  9. ^ Vermes, Krystle (October 30, 2007), "Say Hi (To Your Mom): From Blahs to Wishes in 2008", Suffolk Voice
  10. ^ [ Official website FAQ]
  11. ^ "Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies". American Laundromat Records. Bandcamp. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Blake, Embo, "Review", Hybrid Magazine
  13. ^ "The JV Club". Nerdist. Retrieved October 30, 2014.

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