NOFX - The Decline (Cover Artwork)


NOFX: The DeclineThe Decline (1999)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Well, not to ruin the surprise or anything. But the entire EP is one, 18 minute long song. You can chalk this up to one of two things. Either Fat Mike has decided to become a composer, and write his magnum opus, 18 minutes with consistent themes, complex orchestrations, or he has a sense of h.
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Well, not to ruin the surprise or anything. But the entire EP is one, 18 minute long song. You can chalk this up to one of two things. Either Fat Mike has decided to become a composer, and write his magnum opus, 18 minutes with consistent themes, complex orchestrations, or he has a sense of humour. Assuming that it's the latter, I listened to said EP, and it was definitely interesting. Without a doubt, NOFX has decided that it's so-called maturity on their last two records (So Long... and Heavy Petting Zoo) was both unecessary, and not very much fun. I agree. Reverting back to the more hardcore-influenced sounds of Two Heebs and a Bean, and to a lesser extent, S&M Airlines, The Decline is really cool. It's loud, it's fast, and it doesn't take the time to apologize for this NOFX-born-again sound. Thank god. NOFX is a band I've been listening to for, well, ever, so the lackluster albums they released recently were a big disappointment. While nothing will probably ever come close to Punk in Drublic, at least NOFX is releasing a NOFX-album again.

So, without sounding too prententious-reviewer-esque, I'll say this. The Decline kicks ass. Those jackhammer drums we all know and love are there, Fat Mike's snotty vocals sound like this is his first record, and he loves it, and lest we forget, the bouncing bass and superfast guitars are there.

Oh yeah, El Hefe still plays his trumpet. But that's ok.

So, those of you without patience are probably wondering when I'll get to the point. Well, it's this. The Decline is an EP any band could be proud of. And a band with the history of NOFX should be especially proud that they've finally stopped with the weird-ass experimentation that seemed to drip off recent records, and put out a true NOFX album. So all the rip-off artists that have been waiting for something new to rip-off should be really happy, because NOFX is back.


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gankdude1 (August 3, 2014)


ivano (June 10, 2014)

Best punk rock song ever? Prolly, at least top 5.
Favourite song ever? See above.
Seen it live? I DID. I almost died.

BorgieBaby (April 20, 2012)

One of the BEST Songs EVER!

10feettall (December 18, 2011)

will always be brillant

10feettall (December 18, 2011)

will always be brillant

nocomply (November 18, 2011)

Totally epic in every way imaginable!

AustinATX (June 6, 2011)

Perfect. Still my all time favorite song for eleven years running.

devianter (November 6, 2010)

Quintessence of punk-rock ? Yes sir.

LeightonESmith (October 17, 2010)

i don't give out 5 stars often but this is right fucking up there

franky_franc (August 31, 2010)

This track is a masterpiece, every punk fans have to listen to it..

dimsim3478 (August 26, 2010)

One of the GREATEST NOFX songs of all time. I'm suprised it didn't end up on the "The Best Songs Ever Written (By Us!)" (2007) album (probably because it's 18 minutes). Anyway, it's still really awesome. Never before has a song of more than 10 minutes has had me this struck before. Four and a half out of five stars, easily!

dookiemonkey7 (November 28, 2009)

NOFX at their best.

dbug (February 24, 2009)

Hell yeah it's one of their greatest songs! They got talent even though they try not to show it!

kylewagoner (January 16, 2009)

My only complaint is how like...I don't know...it just kind of plays the same thing for the last 3 minutes. It's a fuckin' great song, don't get me wrong. Worth the $12 I payed? Ehhh, probably not. $12 for one song is just ridiculous and I probably could have got it on iTunes for 99 cents. Oh well, point is, I bought it, I don't regret it even if it was a rip off, it's a great song and as far as I'm concerned, NOFX can do whatever the fuck they want because they've definitely achieved a fuckin' lot.

FroggerWithMyLife (November 30, 2008)

This song is seriously one of the greatest things that has ever been created by not just NOFX but all of punk rock in general.

cpk83 (October 3, 2008)

U all blowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww wwwwwwwwwwwwwwww haha ur a terrible bad stop bitching about the goverment its not their fault u suck

fletcher70 (September 27, 2008)

id score this 20 if i could

balaka2 (August 23, 2008)

great fuckin track

C-Men (June 28, 2008)

the decline is the best song ever. fucking awesome!

MasterShakeOwns (June 15, 2008)

fucking beautiful song.

aaron_07 (May 6, 2008)

blows my jocks off every time i listen to it.
fucking brilliant.

Alien (April 21, 2008)

Adter all these years, this song still kicks ass.
The decline rules.

muktar (April 8, 2008)

the guy below the guy below me is a fuckin douche bag. this songs is prime. no if ands or buts.

douglas_is_rad (February 20, 2008)

The guy below me realizes that NOFX has been around in some way, shape, or form since 1983, right?

dontwantaname (January 19, 2008)

This shit was fuckin' weak. I saw all you assholes praising it so I checked it out on YouTube (someone had made a video for it). It was just a long as fuck cliche punk song. It was terrible. All those that claim to know what punk is probably haven't heard much KBD or unknown punk records records, if you had, you'd probably wouldn't give these dimwit clowns your fuckin' money... suckers!

cesarcoria (December 19, 2007)

This Is The Best Nofx Song... fuckin amazing!!!

neffernin (May 3, 2007)

One of my my favorite songs... erm.. albums... given the hit and miss nature of NOFX's music I was suprised when I first heard this song. There aren't many songs I can listen to over and over again... let alone there arne't many songs over 5-6 minutes that I don't start to get bored with. This is not one of them. This song kicks the proverbial ass... go listen to it and behold its power.

outinthered (March 27, 2007)

One of the greatest records/songs ever.. Dare i say it

gloryhole100 (March 21, 2007)

fuckign awesome, hated the song at first because my attention span was really lacking back then but giving it a second try was one of the best decisions i have ever mad

tjrocks12 (February 7, 2007)

i don't have the attention span for this. i like my songs 3 minutes tops

noway (November 9, 2006)

Best song ever recorded and best song to hear live!!

fletcher70 (October 19, 2006)

NOFX-at their very best....this is a match for most punk songs ever recorded

Aure69 (July 14, 2006)

Yes, the better song ever recorded by a punk band.

reinhold (July 13, 2006)

I agree as well. Fucking marvelous.


JustinUCR (June 12, 2006)

agreed. probably the best release NoFx will ever have.

jumptheshark (June 1, 2006)

Best music they've ever recorded.

Anonymous (May 31, 2006)

Overrated. A lot like "From the Cradle to the Grave" in that some of the individual bits are catchy but as a whole it doesn't really work. All you people calling this a "masterpiece" need to wake up and listen to some real music. NOFX is a good band, but not a great band.

KungPowza (May 29, 2006)

Truely one of the quintisenntial punk songs to listen to. Anyone who hasn't heard it should go out and buy it immediately.

FuckYouOiOiOi (May 17, 2006)

Best written NOFX song ever. Second best is "Bleeding Heart Disease".

Anonymous (April 24, 2006)

This is the shiznit. Best song ever lyrically, and very good musically. Not a perfect song, but close. Definately a 9/10.

Anonymous (March 23, 2006)

If your not listening to the dacline you are waisting my time

Anonymous (January 3, 2006)

just picked it up for $6.99 at a small record store, hands down the best six bucks i will ever spent in my life. Just one great fucking song.

Anonymous (October 6, 2005)

after 18 minutes i still dont want it to end. nofx have created something brilliant, well informed and lyrically up there with the greatest punk band of all time THE DEAD KENNEDYS.

Anonymous (September 22, 2005)

"BlinkFX sucks! (Oh... I mean NOFX)"

Shutup cocksucker!, oh just coz ur never gonna be as good as the best friggin punk band in the world?!?! il shove a bunch of golfclubs up ur ass dicklicker!

btw NOFX are Fully sick da bomb. (Pennywise are #2)

Anonymous (September 22, 2005)

"BlinkFX sucks! (Oh... I mean NOFX)"

Shutup cocksucker!, oh just coz ur never gonna be as good as the best friggin punk band in the world?!?! il shove a bunch of golfclubs up ur ass dicklicker!

btw NOFX are Fully sick da bomb. (Pennywise are #2)

Thane (August 14, 2005)

God I Love this song I'd personally say it's the best NOFX song I've heard and P.S. NoFx was here way before Blink182 and are a lot better....

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

One rockin 18 minute long song.

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

this is the best song ive heard in my life! i dont think they could have made it any better. it never gets old and i love it sooooooooooooooo much! NOFX is the fucking best band ever in the world.

Anonymous (May 6, 2004)

Nofx has done it again! They have reached punk perfection with this release, along with punk and drublic. With the decline they managed to etch their name into each and every punker's heart. What can i say about the music? The blazing guitar leads, the carefully constructed harmonies with the vocals and guitars, the murderous bass lines, the lyrics, like i said above they have reached punk perfection. This release and punk in drublic put them up in the ranks with bad religion's how could hell be any worse? It's beautiful. THank you nofx for inspiring me to be a punk rocker.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

I absolutley LOVE this song and LOVE NoFX. Just cant get enough of it. and a big thumbs up to fat mike for his work on punkvoter.com.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

yeah dude ! italianananan also say: NOFXIZZIANO is goot! isn't it?

Anonymous (January 26, 2004)

fuck....italian says:" this lp is realy realy cool"


Anonymous (December 25, 2003)

THIS IS HARDCORE, i don´t think that other band can do something like these, i don´t think anyone could do something like these, i think you should listen.

Anonymous (October 27, 2003)

This album is pretty good but u get tired of it after a while and plus the guitar tab for this song is too fuckin long

Analog_Boy (July 19, 2003)

Yes, in my opinion this is a motherfucking masterpiece. I swear, best nofx song i've heard. I have had this cd since the day it came out and I still listen to it on a regular basis. fuck yes.

Anonymous (July 19, 2003)

i have to say this.

to this day, the decline remains my favorite song of all time. i know a ton of people will disargee with me, but i honestly believe it.

the lyrics, the music, the ending, everything is epic. you can see and feel the music you don't just hear it. it's a very visual experience, and get that pissed-off-juice flowing!

for lack of a stronger word, it is phenominally fantasic!

thanks a lot, NOFX.

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

It's a trombone, you ass-and the gut from the bosstones played it

Anonymous (June 7, 2003)

I have listened to this puppy over 500 times and i still love it. best song...ever.

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

this song is awesome... is the best song i ever heard from nofx everytime that i heard this song it's like getting high...

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

Teh Decline is NOFX's masterpiece for me , the music and the lyrics are A-W-E-S-O-M-E , i don't think someone's gonna make anything better for the next 10 centuries . OK , i know , i am a NOFX fan , but obviously , The Decline must be given to some people as a medecine..

If you agree with me , why don't you tell me your opinion : just send me a message to mouflingjoe@yahoo.fr ( yes i'm french , nobody's perfect...) Thank You

Anonymous (May 1, 2003)

I agree this soung does kick ass but you guys all got the message behind it didn't you? NOFX tells what is really going on, we are in a decline, violence is everywhere, we are insensitive, and brain washed by TV. They are rallying us to think for ourselves, and I find this song to be a "eye opener" so to speak.

Anonymous (April 18, 2003)

This album is okay at first, but it gets really old. It should just be 6 or 7 different songs, cause thats what it sounds like.

Also, did anyone notice fat mike starts singing about the guy with weed at 4:20?

Anonymous (April 3, 2003)

BlinkFX???? hrmmm I dont see how you can even put nofx, in the same league as them damned sellout/posers. They smoked too much dank and forgot there age and asked what it was and suddenly they were famous. But Nofx made a very 1337 song which kicks a lot of ass. Plus they have been around for a while and are still underground, and did i mention they kick a lot of ass?? ohh yeah i did.....anyways i'm not one to tell people what to do, so i won't say what i was going to......but i will anyways incase anywone is curious as to what i was going to and that was STFU!!!! You might have got mixed up and meant, blinkxpx ,sum fortyblink or something like that. Anyways it is a really awsome song, that will never get old. Sure the true punx probably won't like it, but we'll leave them to there crass. But probably anyone else will. I agree it is the greatest punk song ever made, but not the best.Well i dont have anything else to say soooo, umm rock on Nofx.

Anonymous (March 17, 2003)

Awsome job on the decline its my favortie song you guys are awsome

Anonymous (March 14, 2003)

best punk song ever? sorry kid, i think you missed the 70s/80s. it is extreamly good, though, and worth buying after you download it.

Anonymous (March 10, 2003)

apart from punk in drublic, this is the best NOFX song ever written. when it ended i wanted it too continue. theres nothing else to say but: THIS SONG KICKS ASS!

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

this is a damn good song. but i wouldn't say it's the best NOFX song.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

the damned greatest song ever
any1 who makes fun of this is obviously over 40, owns hundreds of led zepplin records and likes to look at pictures of young girls dancing naked
i love this album

M4CH1N3 (December 3, 2002)

I downloaded this from the internet like hundreds of punk rock albums, but then I bought this one. Masterpiece? Oh yes it is.

Anonymous (August 13, 2002)

This is BY FAR the best NOFX song ever. His voice is the least annoying on this one and it IS an incredibly well written masterpiece.

Anonymous (June 8, 2002)

The decline is simply the best punk song ever written!, the first time i heard it i just creamed on my pants,it's an awesome 18min song that simply goes from slow to fast and melodic to hard,it just blows everything away and it's just one of those songs that will be stuck with you till you die!!!,this is a fucking masterpiece!!!!,for eva.

popetastoc (March 18, 2002)

INCREDIBLE. Best NOFX song ever. I'm speechless.....

Anonymous (March 2, 2002)

I think the EP as absolutly amazing. On a side note, that's not El Hefe with a trumpet, it's Lars Nylander from Skankin Pickle on trombone. I kinda liked the ending. A lot of people hated it but i thought it was an amazing fade with a tremendous amout of emotion. The marching/machine sounds were great, and the way they faded was awesome. The just slowly turned the bass and treble down as they were tuning the mid-range up to give it that AM radio feel which really brought out the "Hells Bell". I listen to this jst about everyday still.

FAKESMILE (August 17, 2001)

Actually this is the first song that made me cry, from happiness... I cry a lot when I'm watching MTV but that's of pain...

FAKESMILE (August 17, 2001)

How can anyone write this kind of great awesome almost poetic lyrics and mix them perfectly to the music? This is the best thing NOFX ever did. It's called an EP, but it's actually a record and their best...This song belongs in Punkrock top 3
The music is really great! The lyrics are great...Political Punk alive and well!!! Even in the more mainstream side of "underground" punkrock!!!

punk_kid (August 2, 2001)

i like nofx alot but not as much as i used to. however this is the best song ive ever heard. even if u hate u must give them credit for making such a long song that is still good throughout

Anonymous (June 2, 2001)


Anonymous (April 16, 2001)

First Mike releases an album of 101 30 second songs, now its an album of just one very long song...

Brilliant, just brilliant...

SuperFreak (April 11, 2001)

this is the best nofx "song" i have heard to date. and i like this band a lot, so saying that means a lot.

Anonymous (April 9, 2001)

Mr. Mike's Opus. This album/song is NOFX. NOFX is modern punk rock. So what if the last bit stinks...

Anonymous (April 2, 2001)

actually, el hefe didnt play any kind of 'trumpet' on this album, seeing as though its actually a TROMBONE and its played by Lars of Skankin' Pickle & Less Than Jake fame. (he plays valve trombone and played with less than jake for the 'skank around uranus' tour and was on the japanese import cd of the same name)

Anonymous (March 30, 2001)

BlinkFX sucks! (Oh... I mean NOFX)

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