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    Bryan Hanna (The Hang Ups) - drums, vocals
    Jason Orris (Polara) - vocals, guitar
    Tal Tahir (King Can, 12 Rods) - vocals, bass

It all started a little over a year ago. Rumors were flying in the Twin Cities about a new supergroup. The Hot pooled the talents of three Minneapolis musical celebrities: Bryan Hanna, Jason Orris and Tal Tahir. Guitar duties would be handled by Orris, who had been Polara's bassist and The High Wires' guitarist. Hanna had played drums previously for The Hang Ups and Legendary Jim Ruiz. Bassist Tal Tahir's resume included a few left-of-center bands and projects; he founded King Can, was the bassist for 12 Rods, and caused a stir in Minneapolis in 1998 with a SOLO PROJECT.

So The Hot were born. Local music writers were asking to hear material as soon as humanly possible, and were reviewing demos before the band had even played live. The band played its first live set EVER at 1998's CMJ Music Festival. Their first hometown show was sold out; so was the second, and the third...

Not merely musicians, both Hanna and Orris are considered to be among the best producers in the region. Hanna has acted as producer and/or engineer on recordings by The Hang Ups and Papas Fritas, as well as that other Minnesota ubergroup Golden Smog. Meanwhile, Orris produced or engineered albums for Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks, Polara, Love-cars and Happy Apple, amongst others.

Not For Sale contains three remixed tracks from the original demo package, plus three new tracks recorded in the first half of 1999. All six tracks were produced by the band at the Terrarium, Orris' professional recording studio in Minneapolis' warehouse district.

Not For Sale -- 1999

    01. crazy
    02. mine all mine
    03. feel
    04. have you seen (the way i'm livin'?)
    05. hard (it's so)
    06. party's over