The Last

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The Last are a pop-rock band from Los Angeles, CA, led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Joe Nolte. Joe and his brother, Mike (keyboards, vocals, & occasional songwriting), have been the only constant members of the band since its formation in the mid 1970s. The band spawned from the same scene the launched such bands as Black Flag, Redd Kross, the Descendents, and the Circle Jerks. The early line-ups also included another Nolte brother, David, on bass and Vitus Mataré on keyboards and flute. In 1979, this line-up (including drummer Jack Reynolds), recorded their first album, "LA Explosion!", now considered a classic amongst the band's fans. In 1980, the band, with new drummer John Frank, recorded a follow up titled "Look Again" which has never been officially released. The following years were spent dealing with various line-up changes. In 1983, "Painting Smiles On A Dead Man", a collection of demos, was released. In 1985, following more line up changes, the band split.

In 1987, Joe and Mike resurrected the band with a new line up that included Luke Lohnes (guitar), Larry Manke (bass), and Dave Nazworthy (drums) and signed a deal with SST Records. In 1988 "Confessions" appeared, followed in 1989 by "Awakening". Unfortunately for the band, neither album sold very well and "Awakening" cost so much to produce that it allegedly caused severe repercussions for the label. Despite this, SST was willing to do another album with the band, but Joe Nolte was so disillusioned by the group's 1989 tour that it took some time to get motivated for a new record. The band began recording a follow-up in 1991 but, due to scheduling issues, the record was not completed until 1994. After that, the band got caught up in a contract renegotiation with SST that delayed the release even further and the final product, entitled "Gin & Innuendoes" did not appear until 1996.

Since then, the band has continued to exist, playing shows occasionally. Most recently, the rhythm section duties have been handled by Karl Alvarez and Bill Stevenson (both of the Descendents and ALL).
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Albums

The Last - L.A. Explosion ! album art The Last L.A. Explosion ! (Album) BOMP! US 1979 Sell This Version
BLS-1000 The Last - Look Again album art The Last Look Again(LP, TP) Backlash BLS-1000 US 1980 Sell This Version
Self-Edited The Last - 1980/82 album art The Last 1980/82(Cass, Promo, Dem) Not On Label Self-Edited US 1982 Sell This Version
5005 The Last - Painting Smiles On A Dead Man album art The Last Painting Smiles On A Dead Man(LP, Album) Lolita 5005 France 1983 Sell This Version
The Last - Confession album art The Last Confession (Album) SST Records US 1988 Sell This Version
The Last - Awakening album art The Last Awakening (Album) SST Records US 1989 Sell This Version
SST CD 323 The Last - Gin & Innuendoes album art The Last Gin & Innuendoes(CD, Album) SST Records SST CD 323 US 1996 Sell This Version
The Last - Danger album art The Last Danger (Album) End Sounds US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Last - She Don't Know Why I'm Here album art The Last She Don't Know Why I'm Here (Single) Backlash, Backlash US 1977 Sell This Version
BLS 003 The Last - L.A. Explosion album art The Last L.A. Explosion(7", Single) Backlash BLS 003 US 1978 Sell This Version
BLS 002 The Last - Every Summer Day / Hitler's Brother album art The Last Every Summer Day / Hitler's Brother(7") Backlash BLS 002 US 1978 Sell This Version
The Last - Every Summer Day album art The Last Every Summer Day (Single) Bomp! US 1979 Sell This Version
LMS 3007, 6.20 054 The Last - This Kind Of Feeling album art The Last This Kind Of Feeling(12", Maxi) Line Records, Line Records LMS 3007, 6.20 054 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BEP-1201 The Last - Objections / Be-Bop-A-Lula album art The Last Objections / Be-Bop-A-Lula(12", Single, Promo) Bomp! BEP-1201 US 1979 Sell This Version
The Last - Up In The Air album art The Last Up In The Air (Single) WarfRat Grammophon US 1982 Sell This Version
Bomp 12132 The Last - Fade To Black album art The Last Fade To Black(12", EP) BOMP! Bomp 12132 US 1982 Sell This Version
The Last - Red Hair album art The Last Red Hair (EP) Not On Label US 2002 Sell This Version