"If you told me any of this would be happening a year ago, I would have said you were crazy," said Last, whose given surname is Lastomirsky. (He is "Mr. L" to generations of students he taught in the
In 1977, Last was a music-education major in college, student-teaching at
The group, called Twilight Nuages, played about 20 concerts before calling it a day sometime in 1980.
"The style of music, and I'm not ashamed to say it, is it's pop music," said Last, 59. "They're happy little 3-minute songs that take you to another place."
Friday night, after the group's "rediscovery" by fans in places far from
The 5th Dimension with
Without a major label behind them, the Nuages slipped from obscure to defunct, like most music groups. But then a spark of life came in 2009, when a college student in
"He's a big indie-music fan and found a copy -- one of the original 200 copies -- in a used-record store in
One thing led to another, said Last, and word spread on the Internet about the album, recorded live in Bill's parents' basement straight to 1/4 -inch stereo tape with no overdubs. Fans emerged in America,
"All of this is going on for two or three years, and I had absolutely no idea any of this was going on," Last said.
He was tipped off by German interest about reissuing the album. He ended up going with a "pop underground" niche label from
The Nuages will do a 40-minute set of eight or nine songs Friday night, said Last, who went on to teach 34 years in
Two of the four female singers are unavailable, one to ill health and the other is out of the country on vacation. Most of the band is still local, but one is coming up from
And Last is hoping you haven't heard the, uh, last of Twilight Nuages, which also includes
"The status of the group is ... we are enjoying doing it so much we'd like to find representation and go out there and play an hour set in clubs or a shorter set as an opening band," he said. "It's pop music, and I think pairing us with The 5th Dimension, which is also great pop music, is a good match."
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