Where have all the merrymakers gone? is Harvey Danger's first full album. It was initially released by the independent record label The Arena Rock Recording Company on July 29, 1997. The second song on the album, "Flagpole Sitta", received extensive airplay in the United States and resulted in the band's initial fame. As the song gained national attention, the album was picked up and reissued by Slash Records, a label associated with London Records. On July 29, 2014, 17 years to the day after the album's initial release, Where have all the merrymakers gone? was re-released, for the first time as a vinyl LP, by No Sleep Records.
All of the 10 songs on the album were recorded in 1996; "Private Helicopter" and "Terminal Annex" were released as a demo that same year sent to music industry professionals on a commercially produced cassette tape, titled simply "Harvey Danger." Three more, including "Flagpole Sitta," were sent on a one-off cassette tape to Slash/London Records at the request of Greg Glover, an intern who was convinced on the strength of the recordings that he should fund a full album. All of the recordings, save one (Carjack Fever), became Where have all the merrymakers gone? The total cost of the recording was about $3,000.