“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.
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