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The Oregon Bootleg Tapes (MediaGroove), a long thought lost live set, recorded in the summer of 1985 at Eugene’s outdoor Saturday Market, that captures the raw energy of the five-piece Stick Against Stone collective in full mash-up mode. Sounding like a ‘missing link’ between post-punk, funk, no wave and world music – the set is propelled by versatile founding drummer Richard Vitale and groove-heavy bassist David Soule. Together, the band burns through punk-funk (“Cramphead,” with guitar slinger Daniel Ramirez sounding as angular as Vernon Reid in his Defunkt prime); joyful, mutant ska (“The Hopping Frog,” which mimics its title in the call-and-response between Morninghawk and saxman Robert “Xeres” Shepard); industrial samba infused with dystopian alarm bells and Doppler horns (on “Rhetoric”); no-wave reggae (on the politically charged, Talking Heads-like “Products Throughout the Store”) and a whole lot more. - Bill Murphy (of Time Out New York)

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released May 20, 2014

Tracks 1-10 - recorded live at the Eugene Saturday Market - Eugene, Oregon - July 6th, 1985.

Track 11 – recorded live at the Oregon Country Fair - Veneta, Oregon - July 12th, 1985.

Unless otherwise noted, all songs written by:

Richard Vitale, David Soule, Sari Jozokos Morninghawk, Daniel Ramirez, Robert ‘Xeres’ Shepard

Art direction and design: Dead Human Design – deadhumandesign@gmail.com
Band photos from Eugene Saturday Market - Robert C. Shepard, Sr.
Audio restoration, mixing and mastering – Ken Rich – Grand Street Recording, Brooklyn, NY – October 2013
Bootleg camera operator: Erich Boekelheide - boekelheide.com – Eugene, Oregon
Source: VHS Hi-Fi camcorder (2 track stereo) > 16bit DVD transfer > ProTools

Thanks to: Eugene Saturday Market, Oregon Country Fair, CCPA (The WoW Hall), the original Genesis Juice Cooperative, Growers Market, the EMU Ballroom - University of Oregon, KRVM & Paul Sturtz (interviews and airplay), Bob Wenzel, The Eugene Weekly, Danny Meyer, the Church of the Creative, Myles and Trish Swift, Stonehenge co-op, Spud House, Paisley House, Cheeseheads, Om Farm, Reed Banals, Sherry Franklin, Lisa Mischke, Shannon Kelley, Ray Neff, Margo Hellenga, Jay-Bob Hornstein, Uncle Horatio, Keystone Café, The Bagel Bakery, Galleria 909, Buy and Sell Music Center, Mafahali (for capoeira dancing at our shows), Joline Jozokos (for putting up with us), the Vitale Family, MDC, Bad Brains, Trey Gunn, Dot 3, The FARM, Meadow Muffin Jam, all our friends and supporters in Eugene, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, New York and around the world. Gratitude to all the members from each and every version of Stick Against Stone, and thanks also to Will Kreth for pulling this thing off.


Note: The performance audio levels and sound balance varies due to the fact that the camera was hand-held and moving around the audience during the show. Every effort has been taken to work with the material and edit and enhance the best qualities of the sound. That said, there are analog noise artifacts that appear from time to time, due to the nature of the medium and the anomalies introduced by working with a 28 year old live recording. From a freaking camcorder!

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Dedicated to Richard Vitale - 1958-2010 and John Creighton 1955-1985
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Stick Against Stone is a funk-injected post-punk/no wave band from Pittsburgh, PA that resided in Pittsburgh; Brooklyn, New York; Eugene, Oregon and San Francisco and remained active (in no less than six incarnations) between 1980 and 1990. The band incorporated elements of no wave, world music, free jazz, reggae, avant-funk, rap, spoken word, ska, dub, African, and art-rock into their music. ... more

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Track Name: The Hopping Frog
The Hopping Frog
(music: SAS - lyrics: David Soule - © 1984)

It is very late

A frog is hanging out, a frog is hanging out

He is considering Language

He has a bright idea

It makes him hop, hop hop --- hop

He likes nature

He wants to kill a fly, he wants to kill a fly
He hops all over the place

He is considering twilight

He needs to sing to it
He’s having a great day and he thinks he’s bad

Bridge

He likes nature

He wants to kill a fly, he wants to kill a fly
He hops all over the place

He is considering twilight

He needs to sing to it
He’s having a wild day and he thinks he’s bad
Track Name: Instant
Instant
(Music: SAS - lyrics: Daniel Ramirez © 1984)

Won’t you tell me please, oh what’s your hurry?
We know you’re the life of the party

I like to put you on like I wear my clothes
Take a one-year pill with no weight to pull

I like your hair - I love the way that you dress
It’s money, muscle, booze and ah – tenderness.

So won’t you tell me please, oh what’s your hurry?
We know you’re the life of the party

Hey – what’s your hurry?
She won’t neglect you...

Got no time for truth, no patience for lies
Ain’t no time to doubts that lay deep inside 


You won’t force your time, you even pretend
Not aware of pay for things that you said 


You’re past your golden age, your time is so short
Minimum’s the wage, it’s all you can get 
 


Rug from under goes and still you go on
Face in the mirror and it’s you all alone 
 


Hey – what’s your hurry? 

He won’t neglect you

You’re the life of the party 

She won’t neglect you 


Now you’re running on your own - UH HUH (x 4) 


Just can’t take now I feel like crying
Rug from under goes to hell from trying 


Gone and dashed your dreams the night just before

Cover up and say that you love him more

Go to work with bruises blue on your skin
Tell the story that’s so purposely thin 
 


Family and friends give silent glances
Why won’t they just say it, you long to tell them?

Hey, what’s the hurry? 
 

He won’t neglect you 
 


You’re not happy though you breathe the same air
What is justice, now where is it fair?

Go to work with bruises blue on your skin
Tell the story that’s so purposely thin

Rug from under goes and still you go on
Face in the mirror and it’s you all alone 
 


Go to work with bruises blue on your skin
Tell the story ‘cause the blame the victim. 


 

You’re the life of the party 


He won’t neglect you...

Now you’re running on your own - UH HUH (x 8)
Track Name: Rhetoric
Rhetoric

Creation, Fashion, Lament – Communication
Sensation, Passion, Intent – Penetration
Liquidation, Expire, - Initiation
Indoctrination For Hire – Realization

Pulse of sound
Rhythmic Sound
A ha ha

E e owwww

Condition Chasm Forget – Retaliation
Rendition Forest In Debt – Population
Impression Instant Resent – Infestation
Oppression Constant Repent – Confiscation

Way to think
Eat and Drink
Child to Raise
Day to Daze

Copulation Content – Contamination <break>

Conscription Ornate Success – Infatuation
Conception Gyrate Contest - Information
Hibernation Result – Intimidation
Ovulation Occult – Vegetation

Changing Ways
Faster Pace

All Exhaust
Knowledge Lost

Suspicion Freedom Correct – Annihilation
Abortion Danger Collect – Falsification
Repetition Select – Complication
Reproduction Infect - Radiation

Rhythmic Sound
A ha ha

Pulse of Sound
E e owwww

Pollination Relate – Intonation <break>

Frustration Instinct Revive - Continuation
Track Name: Cramphead
Cramphead

(Instrumental on album – was an early version)

Here we go
Summer of love long time ago
Let it go
Punk rock has its faults
Let it go
Cramphead from hairstyle show
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Talent show
Competition to get your music heard
Let it go
Fight to get above
Let it go
Cramphead from push and shove
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Talent show
Shock of crazy newsfeed leaves you low
Let it go
Start another war, no!
Let it go
Cramphead from the power show
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Track Name: Products Throughout The Store
Products Throughout the Store


War going on in El Salvador
Where people work harder for us to have more
Puppet government of the USA
Human rights not important today - money
Salvadorans struggle to regain their lives
Fighting big bombs with guns and knives

Products throughout the store
Coca-Cola Maxwell House and Chiquita banana
Junior Mints and more
Buy these things to murder people in El Salvador

South Africa is a foreign land
Acting on this same corporate plan
Guns and judges keep black people chained
White folks rule this deadly game - Apartheid
Laws are stacked in this color-coded way
All backed up by the USA

Products throughout the store
Gold and diamonds
Luxuries from someone's blood
Krugeraands and more
Buy these things to torture people in South Africa

Nicaragua has escaped this plight
Many lives were lost and some still must fight
Planes from Honduras – now the Contras getting aid.
U.S. Government won't go away - murder
No world court to make the nations proud
Multinational corporation rule is still around
Track Name: Genesis Juice
The Genesis Juice Song

Smoothie
Carrot Combo
Banana
Nut Nectar
(Unintelligible)
Spiced Cider

It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life.

Wheatgrass
Carrot-Beet

Alternative, it’s the way that you live X3

Apple Cranberry
Whatever happened to Grapefruit Juice?
Apple Ginger
Whatever happened to Apple Grapefruit?

It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life.

Alternative, it’s the way that you live X8
Track Name: Leonard
Leonard (for Leonard Peltier)


Families and tribes and clans, they're living
In balance with our relations on the land.
Can we really understand?

Then some centuries ago, came the strangers,
Foreign invaders on their sacred land
Began taking all they can.

Do you know where is this land?
This is our homeland!
Native people killed to steal the land.
What do you think of that plan?

Soldiers told Crazy Horse to talk to soldier chief they said to fear no harm, but he saw prison bars then he knew of their plan.
So he took out his knife, started to fight.
He was stabbed from behind.
Crazy Horse only lived thirty years.
They killed him with their lies.

And then in 1975, government attack Pine Ridge.
Two FBI die, they blame Peltier.
Leonard Peltier is framed.

Told lies to send Leonard to jail.
They gagged him for defending life of Mother Earth.
Leonard Peltier is jailed.

Where is wrong in our love of the earth.
Harmony with all Our Relatives.
Teach respect to children for all life.

What they see destruction of our lives, religion.
What they see destruction of our land, way of life.
No respect. What to think.

Political prisoner on his own land.
Let's free him.
Free the native people from these chains.
Stop the war here going on.

We're not talking about South Africa We're talking about North Dakota.
Track Name: Something's Wrong
SOMETHING'S WRONG

Everywhere, poison all around
In the air water and the ground

Poison food, sugar, color, BHA
Pay no mind, it'll go away

Too much stress, creative stress and strain
People starve, but we take no blame

Rape the land, we take what we need
Take want more, suffering and greed

Close blind eyes, TV, beer cocaine
Why pay more, so much stress and strain

Child at play, sparkle in the eyes
What's insane? Fill the child with lies

Happy times, all must wear the smile
Toxic waste, but we’re happy all the while

Weapons, war - here we make the bomb
Take a look. Stop if something's wrong
Track Name: Who Are They?
Who Are They?


It seems certain people, human beings,
Think they ought to take charge, rule the world.
Napoleon Bonaparte - KGB, and Mafia
Should I wonder about
What is inside their minds - Who Are They?
Exxon, Gulf, and OPEC - Bilderburg and FBI

If I knew why they must rule the world
We could talk it over. Who Are They?
The Illuminati - Alexander the Great

They play a very thrilling game.
Perhaps they feel it
Burning in their guts.
To learn the art of killing shame
The soul must carve out deep, deep ruts.

Is there danger to know
Who Are They?
Would I forgive their fate as human beings?

Can they crush what I say? Who Are They?
Their names and hearts secret, Who Are They?
Holy Roman Empire - Trilateral Commission
Jerry Falwell - the Visagoths and Vandals

Is there something that cries human beings
Behind the need to rule? Who Are They?

Ronald Reagan – Sauron the Dark Lord

My sympathy is hard to generate
For those who are so big and mean,
But that's the shadow of
My own fear and hate
Cast upon what should be clean.

It seems certain people, human beings,
Think they ought to take charge, rule the world.
The CIA - Adolph Hitler

Is there something that cries human beings
Behind the need to rule? Who Are They?
Cosa Nostra - - The Fortune 500

Is there something that cries human beings
Behind the need to rule - Who Are They?
Ahkenahten - Listen to me I am right

My sympathy is hard to generate
For those who are so big and mean,
But that's the shadow of
My own fear and hate
Cast upon what is clean.

They play a very thrilling game.
Perhaps they feel it
Burning in their guts.
To learn the art of killing shame
The soul must carve out deep, deep ruts.
Track Name: The Cosmic Spy From Turkistan
Cosmic Spy from Turkistan

There was a man a long time ago
He was a guide for all humanity
The Cosmic Spy from Turkistan The Cosmic Spy from Turkistan
He said I’ll learn all that I can

From Tibet to Africa
Sacred Dance Sacred Dance

There was a man a long time ago
Misunderstanding and repression made him low-key
The Cosmic Spy from Turkistan
The Cosmic Spy from Turkistan

He said “Life is Real only then When I Am”
From Russia to England
Stayed in France Stayed in France

He had a bunch of pals like Ouspensky and J. G.
He made the students for humanity
The Cosmic Spy from Turkistan
The Cosmic Spy from Turkistan
He said I’ll teach all that I can

Free yourself Free yourself
Work and Fast Kill Your Past