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Hard Stuff (1995)

Artist: Wayne Kramer
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Format: CD
Sku: 210679591
UPC: 827565001828
UPC 14: 00827565001828
Release Date: 2/24/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Crack In The Universe ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
2. Junkie Romance ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
3. Bad Seed ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
4. Poison ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
5. Realm Of The Pirate Kings ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
6. Incident On Stock Island ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
7. Pillar Of Fire ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
8. Hope For Sale ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
9. Edge Of The Switchblade ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
10. Sharkskin Suit ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
11. So Long, Hank ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
12. God's Worst Nightmare [Original Version] ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
13. 'Til The Police Come ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)
14. Back To The Wasteland ~ Wayne Kramer (Guitar)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Wayne Kramer (vocals, guitar), Marjorie Kramer (vocals), Jon Wahl (guitar, harmonica), Christopher Bagarozzi (guitar), Rob Walther, Randy Bradbury, Mark Deutrom, Matt Freeman, James Jamerson Jr., Bruce Duff (bass), Bob Lee, Josh Freese, Brett Reed (drums).
Muze PNote Engineers: Sally Browder (tracks 1-3, 5-10); Joe Barrisi (track 4).
Muze PNote Principally recorded at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Henry Rollins.
Muze PNote All songs written or co-written by Wayne Kramer.
Muze PNote This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Muze PNote Personnel: Wayne Kramer (vocals, guitar, bass); Bret Gurewitz (vocals, guitar); Kim Shattuck, King Buzzo, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Keith Morris (vocals); Marjorie Kramer (spoken vocals); Jon Wahl (guitar, harmonica); Christopher Bagarozzi (guitar); Rob Walther, Randy Bradbury, Mark Deutron, Matt Freeman, James Jamerson, Jr., Bruce Duff (bass); Dale Crover (drums, percussion); Bob Lee, Josh Freese, Bret Reed (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Sally Browder; Wayne Kramer ; Jason Roberts ; Brett Gurewitz .
Muze PNote While it made sense that a label inspired by the punk ethic the MC5 helped found put out Wayne Kramer's first full-on solo album, in many ways The Hard Stuff sticks out like a sore thumb from the usual Epitaph fare -- namely, because it's not interested in toeing a particular sonic line. Kramer's youthful obsession with soul power mixed with rough and ready noise, tempered by his older and wiser years but not lacking for a section of energy, makes for a great full-on rock & roll album. Certainly when one compares this work with the neutered slop his Detroit contemporary Ted Nugent was churning out in the late '80s and into the '90s, there's little question who chose to rest on laurels and who decided to jump into things full on. Kramer's choice of musicians to work with doesn't hurt -- all of Claw Hammer back him up on a number of songs, including the great opening blast "Crack in the Universe," while elsewhere the Melvins, Josh Freese, Keith Morris, Kim Shattuck, and even label boss Brett Gurewitz sit in. In a fine nod to Kramer's soul roots, Was (Not Was)'s Sweet Pea Atkinson, along with bassist James Jamerson, Jr., take a turn on the heavy groove "Pillar of Fire." Kramer's lyrics take on the wreckage of America with compassion for those stuck at the bottom, but it's his wailing guitar work, direct and powerful, that demonstrates best of all how you can't keep a good man down. Hearing the perversely beautiful sludge/slow jam of "Junkie Romance," Kramer demolishing the heroin chic image with the eye of a weathered survivor armed with wit and compassion, or the spoken word portrayal of an argument turned violent in "Incident on Stock Island" shows how his gifts are in full swing. Fine bonus: the untitled bonus track paying tribute to Kramer's personal hero Charles Bukowski. ~ Ned Raggett

Producer: Wayne Kramer

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Brett Gurewitz
Muze Guest Artist Kim Shattuck
Muze Guest Artist Dale Crover
Muze Guest Artist King Buzzo
Muze Guest Artist Mick Farren
Muze Guest Artist Sweet Pea Atkinson
Muze Guest Artist Keith Morris

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations On The Guest List

Associated Artists and Works

The Deviants (UK)
Thunders, Johnny

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/10/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MOTORCD1008
Music Label Name Label : Diesel Motor (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827565001828

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (3/23/95, p.122)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Despite his chiseled writing, Kramer speaks loudest with his Stratocaster. Riffs drop out of the mix like blockbusters; random squawks and guttural honks burp throughout his hardscrabble tales....At 46, Kramer is one motherf***** who can still kick out the jams..." New Musical Express (1/14/95, p.38)
- 8 - Excellent - "...a startlingly diverse collection of high-tension, post-punk passions, spoken word atmospherics, fretboard gymnastics and stark reminiscence, all drenched in the cream of '90s hardcore...preposterously good..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Kramer,Wayne
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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