HARD STUFF Bolex Dementia

£12.99 (GBP)
HARD STUFF Bolex Dementia


1. Roll A Rocket
2. Libel
3. Ragman
4. Spiders Web
5. Get Lost
6. Sick ‘N’ Tired
7. Mermany
8. Jumpin’ Thumpin’ (Ain’t That Somethin’)
9. Dazzle Dizzy
10. Bolex Dementia
11. Inside Your Life
12. (It’s) How You Do It








HARD STUFF was a rock band formed by JOHN DU CANN and Paul Hammond from ATOMIC ROOSTER with JOHN GUSTAFSON from QUATERMASS. The band released it’s first album “Bulletproof” to intense critical acclaim in 1972 and was working on it’s follow up when whilst touring Europe when they had a bad car accident returning from a gig at the Zoom Club, Frankfurt culminating in Du Cann and Hammond spending many weeks in hospital in Belgium.

Their second album “Bolex Dementia” was eventually released in 1973 which was a delay of almost a year before the crucial follow up album could be heard. Then the LP cover (which was considered one of the most horrific of 1973) was deemed in some territories as unacceptable and in the USA for example a fresh cover had to be created featuring a girl?! before the album could hit the racks.

The band broke up shortly after the release of the second and final album with Du Cann and Hammond reforming Atomic Rooster (Du Cann wrote and sang lead vocal on their Hits “Tomorrow Night” and “Devils Answer”) and Gustafson joining Roxy Music.

A classic album remastered with bonus tracks.



Bolex Dementia is not as heavy as forerunner Bulletproof, but opener 'Roll A Rocket' is still heavy on the riff work and spits aggressive solos, albeit infused with some funky sounds. Next track 'Libel' is one further up on the funk-o-meter (possibly two).

In total contrast is 'Ragman' - after listening to 'Libel', this feels like an entirely different band is at work here, what with its peculiar 70s 'TOTP rock-pop-sing-along' sound.

However, we're back again in funk-rock land with 'Spiders Web' - great rhythm and great bass as well!

Music-News.com (November 2011)

Any student of early 70s rock is going to find something of interest...as there are plenty of examples of just why John Du Cann's legacy is worth investigation...

Bill Leslie, www.getreadytorock.com

The title track ends things (and there's an alternate song ordered implemented during the remastering, the last thing Du Cann did before his death) in progressive chaos, or in avant-garde mode, that harks back to the players' past. And there was no future for them en mass, as a car crash that almost killed guitarist and drummer cost HARD STUFF the momentum they lacked from the off and, eventually, the trio split. Now, with both side of a single augmenting the album, their demented legend is cemented for good.

DME Music Site (November 2011)

...there is the opener "Roll a Rocket", a happier track than on the entire debut, the Purple pleasures of "Spider's Web" and the howling guitar and thumping refrain of "Dazzle Dizzy"...If you have most of John DuCann's output you must buy this...

FESTIVALPHOTO (November 2011)

While not quite as hard hitting, or instant as its predecessor, 'Bolex Dementia' is still an excellent album in its own right...a progressive slant is more obvious this time.

Fireworks Magazine (January/February 2012)

Bolex Dementia is a mix of ideas that just don't really gel.

Classic Rock Society (January/February 2012)

Du Cann isn't a natural vocalist, yet while occasionally creaking, he is a hell of a rock executioner. His guitar licks are characterised by being brief and catchy, in fact so catchy that and I found myself humming them during the first time I have listened to some of the songs, and his interaction with Gustafson is vitalizing (listen to the extra tasty, coordinated bass-guitar lines on "Get Lost" to get the idea).

Gut Feeling Blog

Not as heavy as its predecessor Bolox Dementia has a more funk rock flavour, some of which is not unlike Gustafson's later work with the Ian Gillan Band, notably on "Roll A Rocket", "Spiders Web" and "Get Lost".

Bonus tracks and liner notes always form part of the Angel Air package and this is once again the case here. Overlooked first time around, Hard Stuff are a band that are well worth investigating for fans of 70's blues-driven Hard Rock and these two albums offer excellent value for money.

Sea of Tranquility (December 2011)

Knocked off course by a serious car crash in Belgium, follow up Bolex Dementia has its glammy moments (Sick'n'Tired), but the game was up. Du Cann and Hammond reformed Atomic Rooster shortly after its release...

Classic Rock magazine

1973's Bolex Dementia is a souffle in comparison, strutting yet flimsy and swiftly toppled by a paucity of material to match its predecessor, what there is bogged down by an absence of Du Cann guitar magic and mastery and a musical aesthetic more Glitterband than Groundhogs. **

Review by Peter Muir - Get Ready To ROCK!



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