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" but the band was unable to secure a record deal and the release was scrapped. 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 "Confession" 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. The Last did not release another album until 2013's "Danger", which saw Joe and Mike backed by longtime friends and fans Karl Alvarez and Bill Stevenson of the Descendents. Their long-lost second album, "Look Again", finally saw official release in 2020.
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BLP 4004 L.A. Explosion ! — The Last The Last L.A. Explosion ! (Album) BOMP! BLP 4004 US 1979 Sell This Version
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BLS-1000 Look Again — The Last The Last Look Again (Album) Backlash BLS-1000 US 1980 Sell This Version
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none 1980/82 — The Last The Last 1980/82(Cass, Promo) Not On Label (The Last Self-released) none US 1982 Sell This Version
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5005 Painting Smiles On A Dead Man — The Last The Last Painting Smiles On A Dead Man(LP, Album) Lolita, Backlash 5005 France 1983 Sell This Version
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SST 189 Confession — The Last The Last Confession (Album) SST Records SST 189 US 1988 Sell This Version
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SSTC 230 Awakening — The Last The Last Awakening (Album) SST Records SSTC 230 US 1989 Sell This Version
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SST CD 323 Gin & Innuendoes — The Last The Last Gin & Innuendoes(CD, Album) SST Records SST CD 323 US 1996 Sell This Version
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END 1033-2 Danger — The Last The Last Danger (Album) End Sounds END 1033-2 US 2013 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

BLS 001, LS-001 She Don't Know Why I'm Here — The Last The Last She Don't Know Why I'm Here (Single) Backlash, Backlash BLS 001, LS-001 US 1977 Sell This Version
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BLS 003 L.A. Explosion — The Last The Last L.A. Explosion (Single) Backlash BLS 003 US 1978 Sell This Version
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BLS 002 Every Summer Day / Hitler's Brother — The Last The Last Every Summer Day / Hitler's Brother(7") Backlash BLS 002 US 1978 Sell This Version
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BOMP-126 Every Summer Day — The Last The Last Every Summer Day (Single) Bomp! BOMP-126 US 1979 Sell This Version
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LMS 3007, 6.20 054 This Kind Of Feeling — The Last The Last This Kind Of Feeling(12", Maxi) Line Records, Line Records LMS 3007, 6.20 054 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
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BEP-1201 Objections / Be-Bop-A-Lula — The Last The Last Objections / Be-Bop-A-Lula(12", Single, Promo) Bomp! BEP-1201 US 1979 Sell This Version
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SLS 1082 Up In The Air — The Last The Last Up In The Air (Single) WarfRat Grammophon SLS 1082 US 1982 Sell This Version
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Bomp 12132 Fade To Black — The Last The Last Fade To Black(12", EP) BOMP! Bomp 12132 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none Red Hair — The Last The Last Red Hair (EP) Not On Label none US 2002 Sell This Version