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NOFX: Punk in DrublicPunk in Drublic (1994)
Epitaph Records

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Punk in Drublic was one of the most crucial records, not only for NOFX's career, but also for the EpiFat years and for being one of those albums (even though it was released on Epitaph) that have that "Fat Wreck sound." And the band achieved the ultimate punk—rock dream with this record. They .
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Punk in Drublic was one of the most crucial records, not only for NOFX's career, but also for the EpiFat years and for being one of those albums (even though it was released on Epitaph) that have that "Fat Wreck sound." And the band achieved the ultimate punk—rock dream with this record. They stuck to their principles and the album went gold after selling over five hundred thousand copies in the United States alone without the help of a major label or MTV and it made it made to the top 20 records on the Billboard charts. Not many bands have done that since and NOFX is still the most successful band that has never been on a major label. Pretty impressive, no? And keep in mind this was when the Internet had nowhere near the popularity it has today.

Clearly the fans see this album as a classic and some of NOFX's best work. I think it is also fair to say that the band believes that to a certain extent as well because they recently announced that they'd be playing Punk in Drublic all the way through at certain shows and if you go see them play shows where they don't do that, the band plays a fair amount of songs from this record. Even the last time I saw them live they played "Linoleum," "Leave it Alone" and "Lori Meyers;" all three of which are classic and phenomenal NOFX songs.

What makes this album great though, is that this was a time where NOFX's songs were a lot more musically complex. Take the song "Perfect Government" for example, there's an awesome guitar solo in the introduction of that song along with very different rhythms and great lyrics like "It's all about the money/ Political power is taken/Protecting the rich, denying the poor." They did it while not being afraid to venture out into other genres like ska/reggae with the song "Reeko" and slow/soft rock with the song "My Heart Is Yearning." They addressed politics with song "Perfect Government," religion with the song "The Brews," and race with the song "Don't Call Me White." And then there some pure kick—ass punk rock tunes like "Linoleum," "Leave it Alone," "Punk Rock Guy (Cause He Does Punk Things)" and "The Cause." with their notorious twisted sense of humor.

NOFX today still have not been on a major label and they have pretty much kept their sound. Granted, I think it's hard to achieve the success the band had with Punk in Drublic, but its arguable that even ten years later when they released The War On Errorism that were still on a hot streak from the Punk in Drublic years. Their songs were still rockin', well put together and funny at times. But fast forward to when the band released Coaster, the songs were getting progressively less detailed and complex. The quality just wasn't there. And the same goes for 2012's Self Entitled. This was not a terrible album, but there were a lot less great songs on it than Punk in Drublic, The War On Errorism or White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean. But I haven't lost hope. NOFX is a massively talented band and shouldn't have a problem with writing a new album in the future that will live up to the band's better albums.

What makes a great art piece in any medium is not only the high quality of the work, but also the story behind it. The fact that Punk in Drublic was able to get the success it did without a major label shows that bands just need to write a great album and then let the fans do the rest. Sure, this album's sound and lyrical content is very influential to a lot of punk bands, but it is also a very important example that the punk rock ethos can work if you just stick to the main principles.

Now hop in the DeLorean! Crunch it to 88mph! And lets travel back to 1994 and see NOFX play "Linoleum" live!

 

 
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puddboy (August 13, 2014)

" Take the song "Perfect Government" for example, there's an awesome guitar solo in the introduction of that song along with very different rhythms and great lyrics like "It's all about the money/ Political power is taken/Protecting the rich, denying the poor.""

Seems like someone so into this album would know this a cover song, the original is by Mark Curry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkyCk7O2EdU

And to the person who wrote that this album rode the wave of Dookie and Smash, I totally agree. I think Smash only thanked two bands, NOFX and Pennywise (maybe Guttermouth too) and I know for me that's how I discovered this album. I'm sure a lot of other kids found Punk N Drublic this way too.

TomTrauma (August 13, 2014)

My 4th favorite NOFX album after S M Airlines, Ribbed and White Trash.

NattyBoh (August 13, 2014)

This is by far their best album. Felt like they really hit their stride here. Caught them at the old 930 Club in DC on this tour with Ten Foot Pole and a then unknown Face To Face opening. Good times.

LatchKeyKid (August 13, 2014)

People need to give coaster and self entitled another chance they're both great records which I now listen to more frequently than their other records probably because I've just realized recently how much I like them. It took time for them to sink in but they are defintiely not less complex or less well written at all. I would say they're more complex and better songs and that's why they take awhile to sink in

9mind8 (August 13, 2014)

I think this is their best work. For me ribbed through to so long and thanks for all the shoes is their golden era. To me the self entitled is a welcome return to form after coaster. And I preferred wolves to war on error ism also. Shoulda just written a list

AussieBaz82 (August 13, 2014)

classic album and NoFX's best... followed by The Decline and White Trash...

wahhey (August 13, 2014)

slow, soft rock is not what I think of while listening to 'my heart is yearning'

madapril (August 12, 2014)

This album had timing working in it's favor big time. Came out early summer right after "Stranger than Fiction" and "Let's Go", which were huge. If I recall the snotty consensus of the time was that "Ribbed is SO much better man".

peilocal (August 12, 2014)

The actual review of the album was one paragraph and the rest seems to be going on about how they've never been on a major label. How about less babbling about NOFX's career and more about the album in question?

paulrulzdood (August 12, 2014)

as a NOFX fan since '95, and having spent an absurd amount of time listening to all their stuff, even their horrible, awful stuff...this is their best album, no doubt. I'd say "so long" and "valium" are close 2nds/3rds, and the Decline of course...but this album has it all.

"Linoleum" is probably the most definitive NOFX/skate-punk/Epi-Fat song ever.

frenzalrhomb (August 12, 2014)

I'll take so long...... any day over this

faithisforfools (August 12, 2014)

Contrary to popular opinion, I think this is one of their weakest albums.
About half of the songs are pretty awesome, but the rest can lick my taint.

TheReadMenace (August 12, 2014)

Not to take anything away from their success, but the clear reason NOFX was able to move so many copies of this album while not being on a major label was because of the market created by other major label bands. Starting with Nirvana, there was a huge demand for "alternative" music, which lead to the the huge success of Dookie, Smash, and eventually Punk In Drublic. All throughout the 90s bands on Epitaph, Fat Wreck, and Discord were selling like they've never sold before or since.

If this record had come out pre-Nevermind it would not have sold near as much. That being said, it is definitely a good album and certainly NOFX's best work.

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