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HARD-ONS
Yummy
Label: Citadel Records (Australia)
Catalogue No: (CITCD576)
Format: Double CD (6 panel cardboard wallet)
Released: June 2014
Price: $ 25.00
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Hard-Ons - Yummy
Also from Hard-Ons:   Various Releases   Associated Releases:  Nunchukka Superfly:  Various Releases    Peter Black (solo):  Various Releases
The fourth release from the Hard-Ons early years set A Decade of Rock is a fascinating and exhaustive look at the greatest underground Australian punk band of the 80's entering the 90's fighting their way out of the burden of expectation, with renewed sophistication.

HARD-ONS - BAND PICTURE
Tracklisting Disc 1: (78:43 m:s)
  1. Where Did She Come From (P Black) (2:04 m:s)
  2. Raining (R Ahn) (1:40 m:s)
  3. Dull (K de Silva) (1:58 m:s)
  4. Cool Hand Luke (R Ahn / K de Silva) (1:51 m:s)
  5. Something I Don't Want To Do (P Black) (0:24 m:s)
  6. Sit Beside You (P Black) (1:49 m:s)
  7. Jaye's Song (P Black) (0:59 m:s)
  8. On And On (P Black) (2:49 m:s)
  9. Ain't Gonna Let You Go (P Black) (2:41 m:s)
  10. Me Or You (P Black) (1:17 m:s)
  11. Spew (P Black) (2:31 m:s)
  12. Fade Away (R Ahn) (2:43 m:s)
  13. Little Miss Evil (K de Silva) (2:18 m:s)
  14. Wait Around (P Black) (2:44 m:s)
  15. Feast On Flesh (P Black) (2:36 m:s)
  16. Stairway To Heaven (Page / Plant) (0:50 m:s)
  17. Get Out Of My House (R Ahn) (1:34 m:s)
  18. Dull (Single Version) (K de Silva) (1:58 m:s)
  19. Sri Lanka (P Black / K de Silva) (2:40 m:s)
  20. Let There Be Rock (Young / Scott / Young) (5:57 m:s)
  21. Carry Me Down (P Black / H Rollins) (4:35 m:s)
  22. Sorry (R Ahn) (1:36 m:s)
  23. Lose It (P Black) (4:08 m:s)
  24. She's A Dish (P Black) (4:32 m:s)
  25. Selfish (R Ahn) (1:30 m:s)
  26. World (K de Silva) (2:51 m:s)
  27. Hate So Hard (P Black) (1:44 m:s)
  28. Test* (P Black) (2:38 m:s)
  29. Raining* (R Ahn) (1:32 m:s)
  30. What Am I Sposed To Do* (P Black) (1:58 m:s)
  31. Suck N Swallow* (P Black) (5:29 m:s)
  32. Simple Love (K de Silva) (3:00 m:s)

* live version
HARD-ONS - DISC ART
Tracklisting Disc 2: (75:51 m:s)
  1. Simple Love (K de Silva) (2:36 m:s)
  2. She's A Dish (P Black) (4:09 m:s)
  3. World (K de Silva) (2:23 m:s)
  4. Hate So Hard (P Black) (1:42 m:s)
  5. Simple Love (K de Silva) (2:40 m:s) (Ron St Germain Mix)
  6. She's A Dish (P Black) (4:17 m:s)
  7. Selfish (R Ahn) (1:25 m:s)
  8. World (K de Silva) (2:25 m:s)
  9. Hate So Hard (P Black) (1:44 m:s)
  10. Simple Love (K de Silva) (2:55 m:s)
  11. Love Hurts (R Ahn) (2:23 m:s)
  12. Where Did She Come From (P Black) (1:50 m:s)
  13. Raining (R Ahn) (1:39 m:s)
  14. Dull (K de Silva) (1:52 m:s)
  15. Cool Hand Luke (R Ahn / K de Silva) (1:52 m:s)
  16. Something I Don't Want To Do (P Black) (0:24 m:s)
  17. Sit Beside You (P Black) (1:56 m:s)
  18. On And On (P Black) (2:44 m:s)
  19. Ain't Gonna Let You Go (P Black) (2:33 m:s)
  20. Me Or You (P Black) (1:20 m:s)
  21. Spew (P Black) (2:23 m:s)
  22. Fade Away (R Ahn) (1:31 m:s)
  23. Little Miss Evil (K de Silva) (2:15 m:s)
  24. Wait Around (R Ahn) (2:12 m:s)
  25. Feast On Flesh (P Black) (2:33 m:s)
  26. Sri Lanka (P Black / K de Silva) (2:46 m:s)/
  27. Tonight I Watched You (R Ahn) (2:18 m:s)
  28. She's A Dish (P Black) (3:19 m:s)
  29. Simple Love (K de Silva) (2:41 m:s)
  30. Selfish (R Ahn) (1:24 m:s)
  31. World (K de Silva) (2:00 m:s)
  32. What's On Your Mind (P Black) (2:27 m:s)
  33. Always Hanging Around (P Black) (2:05 m:s)
  34. Roller Coaster (R Ahn) (1:25 m:s)
PRESS RELEASE PREAMBLE
One of the most unlikely rock'n'roll bands to reach hero status in Australia and elsewhere are The Hard-Ons.

Originating from the underprivileged Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, this multi-racial trio of high-school kids firstly stormed local parties. Sydney's underground live music scene thereafter succumbed, quickly followed by its Australian equivalent. Then finally, the underground rock'n'roll stages of the world.

How was this possible? From all angles The Hard-Ons were doomed and headed for obscurity. They collectively hated fashion and fads - the two fulcrums upon which many bands' fortunes turn; they deliberately chose to alienate potential fans and rock critics alike with their irreverent, scathing and divisive imagery and 'humour'; they played at what was then considered unthinkable volume and velocity.

But on closer inspection, the Hard-Ons could not fail. Armed with a care-free, nothing-to-lose attitude, the band showcased a uniquely localized yet global sound and image. They were utterly Australian yet so utterly unique. Inspired by their hero counterparts from bygone eras, The Easybeats, The Saints and the like, The Hard-Ons showed the world that an unassuming rabble of immigrants could make the world's music underground fall in love with them and their stockpile of simply GREAT TUNES.

YUMMY: 1990 - 1991

Finally after 23 years, the legendary Hard-Ons LP Yummy is available as a remastered and expanded 2CD set. Encompasing the said album, the mini-LP Dateless Dudes' Club, and the infamous collaboration with Henry Rollins Let There Be Rock single, This tremendous 2CD set encompasses a strange and uncharted period in Hard-Ons' history.

HARD-ONS BAND PICTURE 1990: The year underground heroes Faith No More broke through to the mainstream. This was the year, Waterfront Records label, fearing for an exodus to major label-pastures, signed a lease deal with music industry behemoth Festival Records for the Hard-Ons. Armed with political and financial clout of Festival Records, and saddled with an expectation of greater success, the Hard-Ons entered a period of musical experimentation. Enter: the full-length Yummy and Let There Be Rock.

1991: The year Nirvana went from unwashed quasi-metal footnotes to the biggest band in the world via their major label debut. This was the year the Hard-Ons entered a period of relentless touring and demoing. This was perhaps the year the band realised they either will expand upon their brilliant and exciting yet limited musical vocabulary somehow, or die. Enter: Dateless Dudes' Club.

Flawed yet supremely exciting, the Hard-Ons' secret weapon truly comes to the fore on these recordings: THEIR SONGS. It is power-pop heaven as hook after hook enters the fray. Keeping things guessing are the usual chugging metal and thrash. Mercifully for the pop fans, these are quick diversions as sophisticated and updated melodies fill the 2CD set to the brim.

On the second CD one will find the entire demo versions of Yummy and Dateless Dudes' Club. Raw and uninhibited as usual, these demos clearly display a fascinating maturing process for the band. On the flipside of this, on the first cd, the four live tracks from Dateless Dudes' Club clearly displays a blistering no-hold-barred punk band that trades in both supreme melody and devastating distortion.

Yummy 2CD Set: a fascinating and exhaustive look at the greatest underground Australian punk band of the 80's entering the 90's fighting their way out of the burden of expectation, with renewed sophistication.

Stephen Ahn (Bassplayer Ray's brother)
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