Friday, May 6, 2011

Artist: Pointed Sticks, Album: Waiting For The Real Thing, Song: What Do You Want Me To Do?

The Pointed Sticks were a punk rock band from Vancouver.  They were Nick Jones, Bill Hemy, Tony Bardach, Ian Tiles and Gordon Nicholl.  The band was part of an exciting emerging punk scene that included D.O.A. (see blog 8/15/10) and Art Bergmann.  They would form in 1978 and attract the interest of Stiff Records from Britain who represented such acts as Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Madness.  The band would record an album with the label but due to financial constraints, it would not be released.  They returned to Vancouver and in 1980, released their one and only debut, Perfect Youth.  It was put out on indie label, Quintessence, with little known producer and musician, Rob Rock.  Following this release the band broke up.  Joey Shithead from D.O.A. would re-release the album along with a compilation of singles and rarities called, Waiting For The Real Thing, on his Sudden Death label in 2005.  The song, What Do You Want Me To Do? is included on the latter compilation and was one of the band's first singles ever released in 1978.  The band would reform in 2006 and play some shows in Japan as well as in Vancouver.  They would also re-enter the studio and record an album in 2009.  You can follow them at  Strangely enough, their discography was at one time, available through Itunes.  However, now it appears only their latest release is available.  Nonetheless, you can purchase new copies of Waiting For The Real Thing, at Amazon.  The song, What Do You Want Me To Do? is also included on a Stiff Records compilation that is available on Itunes.  You can hear the song, What Do You Want Me To Do?, on You Tube (  Thanks for reading and enjoy!