Due to the self-release of She Don't Know Why I'm Here,
The Last received a recording contract with Bomp Records
as well as their first
gig, at The Masque, January 7th, with The Dils, The
Avengers, and F-Word. Right after the show, Dave
Harbison quit again, citing pressure from his girlfriend.
David Nolte learned how to play bass guitar and joined
the band. Within two weeks, he played with them for their second
gig - at The Whisky with 20/20.
Thus, the lineup was Joe Nolte, Vitus Mataré, David
Nolte, Mike Nolte and Jack Reynolds. Though this lineup only
lasted for a couple of years, it is the one I remember best.
Being the "little brother," I frequently tagged along
with my older brothers to the shows.
Joe, Vitus, David, Mike, Jack
Jack, David, Mike, Vitus, Joe
Under this lineup, The Last played wherever and with whomever
they could. This included the Weirdos, Bags, 20/20, Blow Up, Zeros, Zippers, Crawdaddies, Dredd Scott, Penetrators, Wild
Man Fisher (!), Offs, and The Pop, among many others.
Joe Nolte: "We spent the
spring playing the Whisky A Go Go mostly. When the Whisky tightened
its booking policy we spent the summer mostly playing San Diego,
and rounded out the year with everyone else at the Rock Corporation
in the valley, which was the only place outside of the "New
Masque" that would let bands like us play. We also got a
manager, Randall Wixen, who by the end of the year had convinced
Bomp to let us do a full length album."