Last Hard Men

The Last Hard Men

by The Last Hard Men
     
 

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Chalk this up as an unexpected pleasure. Take one ex-hair metal frontman, one alt-rock chick, one ex-Smashing Pumpkin, and a guitar player who's worked with all of them, and you get a rather unlikely supergroup. The Last Hard Men is comprised of Sebastian Bach, Kelley Deal, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jimmy Flemion. Recorded in 1996-97 in the Pachyderm Studios of Minneasota

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Chalk this up as an unexpected pleasure. Take one ex-hair metal frontman, one alt-rock chick, one ex-Smashing Pumpkin, and a guitar player who's worked with all of them, and you get a rather unlikely supergroup. The Last Hard Men is comprised of Sebastian Bach, Kelley Deal, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jimmy Flemion. Recorded in 1996-97 in the Pachyderm Studios of Minneasota -- apparently when none of the participants had anything better to do -- this record is an odd mix-up of styles which sat around in major-label development hell for years. For a group originally formed for a one-off recording of "School's Out," you get an interesting mixture of sensibilities and an entire album's worth of material. You have some acoustic pop
ock tunes, some tracks resembling Breeders outtakes, and smattering of other things: alt-rock, samba, heavy metal, odd interviews with the various members conducted over what sounds like a walkie-talkie. Disparate though it is, Sebastian Bach's production holds everything together (including his own restrained vocals) so that each stylistic difference -- both in musical and musician-wise -- contributes to the whole. The result is a fine record, and that's the best thing a one-off can hope for. There's an off track or two ("Sleep"), but nothing too much to take away from the overall quality. The band members seem to be aware of the singular nature of their experiment. Near the end of the album, over an unsteady and somewhat timid piano, we're treated to some conversation. "Is it rock enough?" asks Kelley, to which Jimmy responds, "Define rock."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5036369503925
catalogNumber:
167232
Rank:
224386

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Last Hard Men   Primary Artist
Jimmy Chamberlin   Drums
Sebastian Bach   Guitar,Theremin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kelley Deal   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Todd Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Flemion   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer
Michael Bruce   Composer
Glen Buxton   Composer
Dennis Dunaway   Composer
Neal Smith   Composer
Sebastian Bach   Producer,Art Direction
Brent Sigmeth   Engineer
Paul Crook   Engineer
Mort Todd   Cover Design
Rudolf Schenker   Composer

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