TYM042 OUT RSD2016. APRIL 16TH.
I started to write a press release for this re-issue of another Hard-Ons 7" and went back to read the one I did for the Girl in the Sweater 7" re-issue I did for RSD 2 years ago and couldn't think of anything more I'd like to say, so ...
In the early eighties, three kids from Punchbowl crawled out of the primeval slime that was the Sydney alternative music scene with a single, honed and honourable goal. To play Rock 'n' Roll the way they wanted it to be.
Entering into a scene that was older and more experienced than three high school friends armed with second hand instruments and heads full of classic pop, metal and punk they wrote their own book on how to do it, and they've never looked back or cared what anyone else was doing.
There are bands in this world who get overlooked because "serious" music fans think they're a "joke" because of their demeanor and image (and name) but in fact are better than everything else around them. They exist in scenes of seemingly endless "more viable" music when in fact they're the epicentre of everything pure and genuine. If there was one Australian band who personifies this, it's the Hard-Ons.
After recording Girl in the Sweater, these three guys went back into the studio in early 1987 and recorded another 2 1/2 minute pure pop gem about a girl.
Based on a catchy as hell guitar riff that drives the song it's about Blackies obsession with a girl who, like the girl in the sweater, is another unrequited love.
The side B was their attempt at, what was then, a new hardcore style of catchy, fast and thumping attack and lasted less than 1 1/2 minutes.
This Tym records re-issue has a third song added, making this an EP I guess.
Another stupidly fast hardcore song written around the same time and only ever available on a giveaway compilation album from 1987.
Tym records is VERY proud to announce that for Record Store Day 2016, I am re-issuing, for the first time ever the classic Hard-Ons 7" All Set To Go remastered for vinyl on limited edition, hand numbered, black vinyl with original full colour front artwork with a new back cover and liner insert with new notes by Ray, Blackie and Keish, AND the three stickers originally available with the first 250 copies of the 7" back in '87.