Little Wretches is the creative vehicle for veteran singer/songwriter Robert Wagner and all of his friends. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s the band was a standard bearer of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania independent music scene. Defined by Wagner’s biting wit, social commentary and keen ear for a hook, the band survived multiple line-up changes and made an enduring impression on fans and musicians alike.
A self-fashioned Folk/Punk crusader, Robert Wagner writes songs to give voice to those that do not have one and to shine a light on the hypocrisy he sees around him. Woody Guthrie famously etched “This machine kills fascists,” on his guitar in the 1940s. That same humanist/populist mentality fuels Wagner’s creative drive. He sees a world full of people numbed by alcohol, drugs and violence, and he wants to wake them up. His music is his mission, and it is deadly serious.
God wanted me to grow up to defend the weak and vanquish the evil- doers by writing songs and telling stories. And if I’m wrong, I’ve wasted my life.Robert Wagner
“All of My Friends” is the most recent single from The Little Wretches album “Undesirables & Anarchists.” The track is a rollicking, jangly guitar anthem for any and all hippies, weirdos and artists who call Robert Wagner their friend. With the Alt-Rock bounce and Pop hooks of the legendary Paul Westerberg and a sound that lands somewhere between Robyn Hitchcock and Hoodoo Gurus, the singer delivers a fun, often tongue-in-cheek roll call of his associates. Throughout the song he uses a series of clever and often hilarious metaphors to describe a roster of colorful characters and bohemian rabble who, “never approach the foot of the throne.”
Check out “All of My Friends” below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Robert Wagner continues to perform at coffeehouses and small clubs. Follow the links below the song to connect and stay in the loop on all past, current and future projects from The Little Wretches.