The Hard Stuff 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… The Hard Stuff 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… Wayne Kramer (Musician) Rock
Music Review

The Hard Stuff (1995)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Wayne Kramer (Musician); Genre: Rock

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+

Originally posted Jan 13, 1995 Published in issue #257 Jan 13, 1995 Order article reprints