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Wasted Lives

from INSTANT by Stick Against Stone



Finally – the song that best captures the seamless integration of the band’s disparate influences, their signature anthem: “Wasted Lives” – with this version digging deep into the samba feel of the original – melding dancing Afrobeat and tremolo fuzz-rock guitars with swaggering James Bond/ ‘60s style brass to its life-affirming message. Propelled by the muscular and effervescent stick work of internationally renowned drummer Harvey Wirht (a Surinam-native who’s played with Angelique Kidjo, Hassan Hakmoun, Ziggy Marley, Leni Stern, and Either/Orchestra) – the irrepressible optimism of “Wasted Lives” crushes doubts like windshield bugs at a freeway clip.


Wasted Lives
(music: SAS -[Creighton, Duer, Laugelli, Murray, Sullivan, Vitale, Wenzel] - lyrics: Richard Vitale © 1981)

Insulated from Change
Don’t want to waste your life.
Open the door now
Open up the door.


from INSTANT, released November 5, 2015
Lead Vocal Sari Jozokos Morninghawk
BG Vocals Sari Jozokos Morninghawk
Rhythm Guitar Dan Ramirez
Lead Guitar Dan Ramirez
Bass David Soule
Drums Harvey Wirht
Alto Sax Dan Lipsitz
Bari Sax Bob Wenzel
Trumpet Ivan Rosenberg
Percussion Chuck Sullivan, Will Ridenour & Will Kreth


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Stick Against Stone Brooklyn, New York

Stick Against Stone is a 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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