Here’s yet another of my eMusic discoveries: the Pointed Sticks.
[QUICK AND UNRECOMPENSED COMMERCIAL ENDORSEMENT: If you haven’t yet tried eMusic, you really should. It’s the closest thing we alt-music lovers got to outright stealing crap from blogs like this one. eMusic has several plans, but I paid about $100 up front for a year subscription and get 65 downloads a month. That’s … let’s see … I’ll do the math in my head … um, 780 downloads a year … at $100, that equals (okay, I’m using my computer calculator now) about 13 cents a download … or approximately (back to the calculator) $1.95 for a 15-song CD. So whaddaya waiting for? Click here for a free, no-obligation eMusic trial that gives you 25 complimentary downloads. The site has music from every imaginable genre and all of it is from independent labels. I can’t recommend eMusic enough. (Jeeze, maybe I should get recompensed for this.)]
And now, back to the Pointed Sticks. These guys were a late 70s/early 80s Canadian band that produced a poppy New Wave sound mildly reminiscent of Squeeze. Nothing they did altered the history of rock ‘n’ roll. However, their music possesses a cool catchiness that sends you right back to 1981 when the combination of skinny leather ties, ultra-tight pants, and Converse high-tops was presumed by many young males to be the essence of hip. Some even donned funky-colored socks, although I myself felt that was going a step too far.
While I downloaded the second and third songs below from eMusic, the first one – “Lies” – hails from the highly recommend blog Killed By Death Records. If you’ve never gone to this site, you should. In fact, you can just click here. They post loads of old 7-inchers in MP3 format. (Sorry, another commercial endorsement).
From Lies 7”:
[MP3] Pointed Sticks – Lies EXPIRED
From Out of Luck EP:
[MP3] Pointed Sticks – What Do You Want Me to Do? EXPIRED
From Perfect Youth LP:
[MP3] Pointed Sticks – Marching Song EXPIRED
Buy Pointed Sticks (though you should get ‘em at eMusic!)