“Elephants” (full title: “Elephants stampeding out of a rainforest into a sea of grass, before your very eyes”) is a song written by the group Stick Against Stone in 1981. I first heard it, -really heard it- in about 2005, on a cassette copy of a live show (probably 3rd or 4th generation) from November 1981. An artifact that represented an echo of an echo of a brief window in time.
As the arresting melody, harmonizing horn arrangements and syncopated rhythms sank in my ears and heart – I knew that I wanted to hear this song performed live. What you see here, from a recording studio in New York in the summer of 2009 – is a small step in an iterative process to re-animate one of many great tunes from a nearly forgotten songbook. Our hope is to release these re-recorded songs as a tribute album and companion to the “Get It All Out” documentary.
Mark Gibson (friend of the band) and Anne Gallagher (keyboard player in the 2nd version of the band) discuss the type of audience the earliest version of Stick Against Stone had, and the context of the music at the time in Pittsburgh (1981-1982).
A tribute to John Creighton by Bob Wenzel (some hibiscus love in a Hawaiian flowery-shirt and all).
From the RePunk 1 hoe-down in PGH, 17 August 2006. First of two nights of music. Night 1 was at Quiet Storm. Day 2 was at the Buffalo Inn, Allegheny County Fairgrounds, PGH, PA