Peter L. Baker Bill Bradfield Chuck Mattern Jim Meneses B. A. L. Stack


RUNE 151

In the early '80s, The Stick Men ruled the Philadelphia new/no wave scene. Reminiscent of James Chance and the Contortions with more hyperkinetic energy (!!), they created a frenzied psycho-funk-punk sound that featured gut-wrenching timing, extraordinary charm, personality with a plus, and tons of good humor. At the core of The Stick Men experience were Peter L. Baker (guitar, lead vocals) and B.A.L. Stack (Acetone & Farfisa organs, clavinet, trumpet, vocals). On top of Baker and Stack's hard driving jam, Jim Meneses (drums) and Billy Bradfield (bass) provided an erupting, solid groove rhythm section. Charles Mattern, Jr.'s vocals, sax and trumpet playing accentuated the hypercondensed brew. In 1982, the Stick Men released their debut LP "This Is The Master Brew". Their second release, "Get on Board The Stick Men", came out the following year after intensive U.S. touring. With stage manners as manic as their sound, the Stick Men magnetized and maintained a loyal fan base for their live shows. The press also loved them. In the mid 80's the group disbanded. It would be an understatement to say that The Stick Men experience had been intense. In 1994, Peter Baker died. He had been The Stick Men's frontman, the focal point around which performances revolved, and band members began to discuss ways to commemorate his contribution. This CD, Insatiable -- which contains the The Stick Men's entire recorded output as well as rare tracks from live radio broadcasts -- is the result. Also included is bonus CDRom material: a 20 minute Quick Time video of the band, playable on both PC and Mac computers taken from some of the only live video footage of The Stick Men in existence, the video reveals the explosive energy that characterized the band's live shows. The band remains an incomparable phenomenon to this day.

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