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Stickmen ‘87

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Phil RobbinsPhil RobbinsGuitar
Miles CoolidgeMiles CoolidgeBass
Jamie AndersonJamie AndersonVocals and Guitar
Robin ForrestRobin ForrestDrums
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Stickmen 87 emerged to little acclaim, but with a lot of heart, in the third year of the “Stickmen Era.” The band early on went by many names (“The Hunger Artists,” “Lop Lop Bird Superior,” “More China,” and “Random Room Service.” See “Hunger Artists” for even more!). However, the music maintained the same driving groove throughout the year, thanks for the rhythmic reliability of bass-playing Miles Coolidge, veteran of Stickmen 85 and 86, and the hard-driving Robin Forrest. Phil Robbins (Furious Clams ’84) had the previous summer sworn off the temptations of rock-n-roll for the pleasures of purely theoretical music composition, but he was somehow enticed back to the “dark side” by his former room-mate and fellow Clam, Jamie Anderson. Jamie was still at Harvard, and this fact meant that the band had access to the Dunster House practice rooms, much to the chagrin of irate classical musicians practicing next door. The band also made use of the Harvard Electronic Music Studio, which would be appropriated for a marathon late-night recording session, captured in its entirety on the CollegeBand EP. In this session Robin remembers recording in a large, airy room full of exotic and bizarre percussion instruments. Jamie remembers blanking out at about 2am, but still finishing his vocal parts. The band only performed for one year on the Harvard campus, but they developed a small, fanatic fan-base of drunken friends and hedonistic fellow travelers. Each gig was a revelatory experience for fans and band members alike. While the band members naturally assumed that the Stickmen’s appearance in the 1987 Annual Currier House Dance Marathon would lead to greater public exposure and more lucrative engagements, the Stickmen 87 remained hopelessly obscure to the end of its days.
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