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FLICK LIVES!

Updated on June 9, 2017

FLICK LIVES! was a top band in the Waltham, MA area in the early 1970s

FLICK LIVES! was founded by Steve Marchand, John DeSisto, Joe Griffith, Mike Canty and Bob Druwing in late 1969. Drummer Canty was soon replaced by Billy Quirk (pictured here kneeling in the black T-shirt and pants).

When bass player DeSisto left the group to go away to college in September of 1972, he was replaced by Peter Cannistraro (seated in blue jeans and black open neck polo shirt).

This picture was taken the first week of September 1972 in Rutland, Vermont on the Sunday morning after the band's four night record breaking gig at The Nineteenth Green nightclub.

Shlitz Draft was the drink of choice in those days.

FLICK LIVES!

FLICK LIVES!
FLICK LIVES!

"It used to be about the music, man!"

Lead guitarist Steve Marchand, the redhead pictured above in the white long sleeved shirt, was just beginning classes as a freshman at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at this time and he would go on to graduate after leaving the group to be replaced by the great Bob Enik, who is wowwing listeners to this day. There is a link to the Bob Enik lens on Squidoo, below.

Joe Griffith, seated here in the cream colored blazer, has the gift of perfect pitch and every member of the band deferred to his innate ability, whether they were able to verbally admit it or not. Joe entered the band as a keyboard player, but had been teaching himself the guitar, which soon eclipsed the keys in his attention and playing. He too is still delighting audiences in New England with his current group, Eleventh Hour. Previously he was with Exit Laughing, whose keyboard player, Mike Iodice, was also briefly a member of one incarnation of FLICK LIVES!

Bob Druwing, pictured here shirtless, was the lead singer, who was just starting to attend Emerson College as a sophomore majoring in theater. He would eventually go on to pursue a career of acting in movies and TV and has lived in Hollywood since 1999.

Also pictured are Billy's girlfriend Janet Hoffman, top left, Steve's girlfriend Suzie "Ma" Schwartz in red, Bob's date Mary Hansen, top right, roadies Roger Stonehouse, seated in blue denim jacket, who became a radio DJ in Canada, Mickey Quirk in yellow, Joe "Quill" Cardillo in the white T and Peter's "groupie", Cathy (?).

In the late Winter of 2008 we were all saddened by the news that Peter Cannistraro passed away from injuries suffered in a car accident late at night on an icy Rte 20. By chance, he was returning home from a night of conversation with and entertainment by Bob Enik, who was playing with The Dave Chaison Band, at a small club on Waltham's Moody St. It was the first time they'd seen each other in some twenty years.

John DeSisto and Joe Griffith

John DeSisto and Joe Griffith
John DeSisto and Joe Griffith

Other incarnations/members....

variations on the band

As bands will, FLICK LIVES! went through a variety of changes in personnel, some more lengthy than others.

Bob Enik, for instance, first appeared with the band when Steve Marchand was unavailable for a gig. When he became a permanent member of the group, he would bring along Richie Casella on bass and Billy Jewles on drums. Along with Joe Griffith, these four would be the the last version of the band, when Bob Druwing walked away in the Winter of 1973-74.

During another previous absence by Bob, Larry Devlin was briefly the lead vocalist and, during one stormy period, Bob was replaced by a female vocalist, Marian Degan, and, along with Mike Iodice on keyboards, FLICK LIVES! won the local "Battle of the Bands" competition.

In 1973 the band played one gig at Duxbury, MA High School (a recurring venue for them) as a quartet, with Dave James on bass, Joe on guitar, Billy Quirk on the skins and Bob Druwing singing lead. They played a whole lot of Who and Jeff Beck tunes that night.

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The black and white photos of the band members on this page were taken at Bellingham (Massachusetts) High School on the night of March 5, 1971.

Steve Marchand

Steve Marchand
Steve Marchand

Bob Enik, Billy Quirk and John DeSisto

Bob Enik, Billy Quirk and John DeSisto
Bob Enik, Billy Quirk and John DeSisto

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Bob Druwing and Bob Enik

Bob Druwing and Bob Enik
Bob Druwing and Bob Enik

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      John DeSisto 18 months ago

      Hi Janet - I haven't checked this link in five years. I went in today and saw you had posted your comments yesterday. Pretty funny we were thinking about the band at the same time. You are so right.. those were the days! All the goofing around with Steve, Billy, Joey and Bob. It was non stop. Hiding beers in our guitar cases, band practices in Joey's basement..it was all so much fun! I loved the music and thought we played some of the best songs written in our era. Do you remember when we played in Harvard Square in the park outside on a Sunday? Anyhow I hope all is well with you. We will always have our memories!!

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      Janet Hoffmann-Watson 18 months ago

      Good Times back then, proudly I can make the claim for the photos, I always had a camera with me and It makes me happy to know that It was all worth it to bring back the memories. I remember that trip to Rutland, Vermont. If I remember correctly The van broke down, some guy drove us, we all slept in one big room , Peter went to the hospital, and the famous quote " Quigley's Quests, Television". Was born. And of course Bob sang " Long Tall Texan " which made me laugh. And don't forget the great " Going Fine Blues". I still remember some of the words. Like " my mother -in- law died, I only had one cavity, I broke down and cried". Oh if we could only go back and live over our best times, this would be one.

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      Gendhis LM 6 years ago

      I'm not too familiar with this band, but I will try to find out their songs

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      Bob Druwing 6 years ago from Van Nuys, CA

      Thanks, John. I've tried to call you dozens of times over the past several years and always get a busy signal. Maybe I'm calling your computer line? Please contact me via the contacts option here @ squidoo.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow!! what a cool link. Nice to see someone remembers the old band. We had some fun and played some songs that i think were some of the best at the time. So long ago!

      John DeSisto

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      Bob Druwing 8 years ago from Van Nuys, CA

      Thanks El, but attention to detail can be everything.

      The name of the band was FLICK LIVES! in all CAPS and with the exclamation point.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice run down about Flick Lives

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Friend of Bob. (FOB) Time to start planning that 40th reunion tour!