The Hard Boys: A Piece of the Crease
THE PRIMARY PUROSE OF THIS PAGE IS TO TRACK DOWN ORIGINAL COPIES OF THE HARD BOYS ALBUM "A PIECE OF THE CREASE". I AM WILLING TO PAY $50 FOR AN ORIGINAL COPY OF THE ALBUM ON CASSETTE AND $100 FOR AN ORIGINAL COPY OF THE ALBUM ON CD. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS!
This page contains every bit of information I kow and have been able to track down in regards to The Hard Boys. If you have any additional information, please contact me!
How it All Began
In the early 90s while working at Pizza Hut, a fellow delivery driver played a cassette tape for me. That cassette tape was a copy of a copy (5th or 6th generation, I believe he said) of a band named The Hard Boys. The side of the cassette had "The Hard Boys" hand written on it in ink. This is how I first discovered The Hard Boys.
The cassette I originally received contains a total of 32 tracks. The tracks consist of a combination of traditional songs and shorter, comical skits. I believe every single track on the cassette contains R-rated material, mostly sexual in nature.
I believe, based on many, many listenings to the cassette, that The Hard Boys consisted of only one or two members. Several of the tracks contain instruments performed on electronic keyboards, and all of the drums on the album appear to be electronically programmed rather than being played live. Many of the songs on the album contain live guitars and bass guitar. The album contains two vocalists, "Scott" and "Big Rod". In a couple of skits, Rod (as a DJ at 109FM, KOCK Radio) interviews Scott of the Hard Boys. Based on the timing between some of the questions and answers, I believe the questions and answers were recorded at different times, which leads me to believe Scott and Rod are most likely the same person.
I have been searching for information regarding The Hard Boys on the internet now for 15 years and have found very little. One thing that has made finding information difficult is the fact that right around the same time these Hard Boys, were active, another band also called The Hard Boys (sometimes also referred to as The Hard Boyz, with a "z") were active. This second group of Hard Boys were a rap group signed to Ichiban Records and who released four albums, according to Wikipedia. These are not the Hard Boys we're talking about here. Most internet searches for The Hard Boys will lead you to links that rap group, the Hardy Boys books, or usually, gay pornography. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Typically when you do find links mentioning the Hard Boys, they are by people who vaguely remember the band and are also trying to track down copies of the album.
Mentioned on Suprbay.org
According to this page on the Stanford Radio Station KZSU's website in 1995 a compilation titled "Rising Stars" released by Jav Records in 1995 contained "Fat Baby Rap" by The Hard Boys.
And ... that's pretty much all I've found in 15 years.
Track by Track
In the spring of 2011 I began advertising on Facebook and Twitter, looking for anyone who might own an original copy of the Hard Boys album. I received an e-mail from a fellow who had a CD rip of the album.