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The Hard Stuff

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The Hard Stuff

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Wayne Kramer (Musician)
Producers:
Epitaph Records
genre:
Rock

We gave it a C+

When the MC5 burst out of riot-torn Detroit in the late ’60s, its incendiary political outbursts and double-barreled guitar assault made the band natural punk forefathers. Wayne Kramer, one of those guitar heroes, tries hard to update his social commentary on The Hard Stuff (with all-star cameos by members of the Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, the Melvins, and Suicidal Tendencies), but the result is a bombastic album dominated by tales of ’90s-style sociopolitical decay. Fist-pumping fervor lapses here all too often into humorless, trite self-righteousness. C+