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Classic Album Review: The Last Hard Men | The Last Hard Men

Sebastian Bach's unlikely alt-rock supergroup turn in a curious collectors' item.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Last Hard Men? More like The Lost Hard Men.

This alt-rock “supergroup” album was recorded back in 1996 and 1997 by ex-Skid Row shrieker Sebastian Bach, ex-Frogs guitarist Jimmy Flemion, ex-Breeder Kelley Deal and (then) ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The latter two were supposedly mired in drug addictions at the time, not that you could tell from their work here. Even so, this is a fairly uneven effort, with each member (save Chamberlin) sticking to what they know best. Bach blasts his way through a couple of theatrical rockers, Flemion hands in some quirky, twisted pop songcraft, and Deal offers up fuzzy alt-pop sugar. There are some cool moments — a finger-snapping version of School’s Out, Deal’s band theme song, the oddball ballad If You Want to Rock, Go to the Quarry. But ultimately, The Last Hard Men is more a curiousity and collector’s item than anything else.