Few bands can claim a higher place in the estimation of the Rip It Up team than the Hard-Ons, the magnificent punk/garage band from Sydney, Australia. Over the course of the last 30 or so years they have released a vast back catalogue of music whose diversity betrays their massive range of influences – 60s garage through Spector-esque pop and then right up to flat-out Ramones punk rock, all of which is capably played in their many live shows. And now, no doubt mindful of the fact that in the words of Jerry from Poison Idea that ‘Record Collectors are Pretentious Assholes’, the Hard-Ons have undertaken a project to remaster, repackage and re release their back catalogue, starting from 1984 to 1987.
News reaches us at Rip It Up that the first fruits of their labour are almost ready for picking – bassist Ray has revealed that:
Spanning the years 1984 – 1987, SMELL MY FINGER presents the entire official recorded output of The Hard-ons. All the 7 inch releases. Both 12” releases. Every officially released Hard-ons tune is there including obscure compilation tracks. Two discs contain 150 minutes of music and 60 (!) songs. Bizarre and fascinating live documentation from salvaged party tapes and desk recordings are presented, highlighting a head-turning mixture of influences (punk, metal, gram-rock, hard-rock, 60’s garage, psychedelia, girl-group sounds, power-pop, bubblegum, thrash etc). A unique and fearless band of teenagers that rushed Sydney’s punk and garage scenes like runaway stormtroopers – in full evidence on these prehistoric yet timeless recordings!
This release is part of an ongoing project to document their entire career – which given their output of ‘official’ albums will be some task. YOU cannot buy it at this point in time – but if you want a copy, it’s due for release in May 2012, and if you keep checking the Hard-Ons forum, you should find details of how to order it – unless of course you are Australian, in which case it will most likely be on their merch table at the line up of gigs they are playing, starting at the rather wonderfully named Toowoomba Spotted Cow on Thursday 3rd May !