Today we jump back into the past. To be exact, we are going back to the year 2002. A time without the coronavirus (but with BSE!) and especially a lot of great Punkrock records like my Throwback Thursday – Record, “Hard Rock Bottom” by No Use For A Name. NUFAN were one of the biggest Punkrock-Bands of all time and a big flagship of Fat Wreck. This review is in memory of Tony Sly. We miss you, man!
Anthems, Love Songs and a Cover
It’s too late to talk to you
And it’s too soon to say good-bye
Listen where ever you may be
You still live inside my mind
The lyrics of the intro ”Feels like home” hit me hard in my stomach and my heart. After Tony’s death, these words get a new meaning for me – what a fist in my womb. I still remember when I heard the news about Tony Sly’s death. It was my 19th birthday and I was devastated. So, on every birthday I raise a glass for Tony and his family!
Sorry for this sad beginning of a review – let´s talk about a brilliant record with songs for eternity, like my all-time favorite love song in Punkrock, “International You Day”. – What a great idea for a special day of celebration dedicated to the person you love!
Hard Rock Bottom contains a bunch of hits like “Dumb Reminders”, “Any Number Can Play” or “Angela”. Very considerable is the cover of Sinead O’connor´s “Rebel Song” which is a feature with Karina Denike from Dance Hall Crashers.
At least I want to mention a song that has a special meaning to me – “Insecurity Alert”. I love the energy and the guitar in this song, but especially there is one sentence in this song showing, that Tony Sly was a real legend in songwriting:
You can’t spell believe without lie
Tony, we miss you!
No Use For A Name were one of the biggest impacts in Punkrock, for bands, fans and the whole scene. In my mind “Hard Rock Bottom” is a masterpiece and approximately 20 years later, it´s still relevant.
-written by power pup