NOFX - Maximum Rocknroll (Cover Artwork)


NOFX: Maximum RocknrollMaximum Rocknroll (1992)
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Many people like newer NOFX stuff. Some people prefer older NOFX stuff. A very small number of modern NOFX fans like their old stuff. Some people don't like older NOFX at all. If you fit into the second category, as I do, you already have this. This "album" is basically a compilation of their se.

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Many people like newer NOFX stuff. Some people prefer older NOFX stuff. A very small number of modern NOFX fans like their old stuff. Some people don't like older NOFX at all.

If you fit into the second category, as I do, you already have this. This "album" is basically a compilation of their self titled EP, the "So What if We're on Mystic!" EP, and some studio demos thrown into the mix.

The music is raw, fast, unrelenting mid-80s type punk rock that you either like or hate... If you've only heard "Punk in Drublic" era NOFX, and disregard it as too poppy, then you might want to try this out. The sound is more akin to the Circle Jerks than New Found Glory. No ska or pop-punk is to be found here, but the musicianship is not really all that bad... Not nearly as bad as NOFX would have you believe in their own history of the band. Fat Mike's vocals are at their least annoying, which is a definite plus in my book. Also, only two of the current line up of the band recorded this, those two being Fat Mike and Eric Melvin. You probably already know that, though.

Standouts are their cover of "Iron Man", "Bang Gang", and "Shitting Bricks".


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StraightEdgeHardcore (July 27, 2013)

This and the '83 demos are the best thing NOF-X have ever done. It's early 80's Hardcore Punk aka the best stuff.

sean021122 (March 10, 2012)

From youtube review: Heavy germs/negative fx/early 80's boston punk scene influences in this stuff on Mystic :) I have read now a million articles/interviews done by mike saying their early stuff was horrible crap. Is he that far removed from what his youth, rebellion, true punk, and unique amazing music was all about. I know today he puts out the lamest pop punk sellout crap you can wipe your ass with it... But pre 1990 (pre ribbed) their records were veery bit as "crappy" as I love/need them to be!

Conclusion: This is the first material NOFX recorded (Mystic/Wassail) and many of it was put out by themselves. They were totally ripped off on the stuff that went to Mystic by Doug Moody I believe. This record (actually compilation of early demos, 7 inchers, etc) is a spoof of the fanzine that punk rock luminaries such as Ben Weasel wrote for and is still legendary today...
But Moodydid a fine job of producing them and whether they want to admit it or not, this will always be their best work. Anyone who likes their later stuff better than this is simply a wanna be hot topic mall poser punk and knows nothing of real punk. The kind who thinks green day or blink 5000, good charlotte, rancid & offspring circa 1993, etc are authentic punk music. Which they are not. That and their pop streak is yellow right down their back. You want "pop-punk" sellout shit listen to "Ribbed" and everything NOFX did afterwards. But If you want fucking amazing punk that rivals many of the early 80's bands that did it right, get this! And pick up 'Liberal Animation' & "S&M Airlines' as well as they are pretty damn good in their own rights ;)

sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

If I could give this record/compilation a 1000 I would do so! Absolutely perfect perfect perfect. Buy it now (as well as all other issues on Mystic) Liberal animation S&M and avoid anything this poser band did from "Ribbed" and afterwards.

ZAchAtTacK13420 (February 24, 2007)

Listening to this album really shows how talentless NOFX is...It borders on being outright pathetic. I enjoyed every second of this album for the sheer fact of reflecting upon how bad they were. They still are horrible, but that's besides the point. It's hard to listen to, yes. It's complete shit, yes. It's a great record, yes. That pretty much sums it up. I'd only recommend this album to people who hate NOFX, and to people into 80s hardcore. Ozzy fans will be offended, because their cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" is awful.

cadavermine (February 4, 2007)

2 good things that came out in 1992

1: this album

2: ME

Anonymous (February 26, 2006)

This is the only good NOFX album other than Liberal Animation. I seriously don't understand how such a unique and underrated Mystic band could become boring and poppy the way these guys have become, and I'm even more baffled by the fact that they're getting so much more popularity for watering down their music. What a fucking waste. Oh well. Highlights from this album are probably ID, Too Mixed Up, Bang Gang, Shitting Bricks and that instrumental track.

Anonymous (September 20, 2004)

i think ive grown to dislike NOfx. i refuse to debate why..probably the infestation of posers that surround and drown any drops of good music NOfx produce. that is if anything good comes of it. people who breath and live NOfx are being brain raped and deprived of other good punk bands.
that is all. enough said for me.


Anonymous (September 8, 2003)

This is their best. Their newer CDs (PID and on) are poppy shit.

lunk (August 8, 2003)

yes, this is hard to listen to at first, but for fuck's sake, so is most punk. get to know a few of the songs before sounding off like a drone. 'my friends' is a brilliant song, and there are quite a few other great songs on here. great in that it's simple, no messing punk. this is EXACTLY the kind of sound the band was trying to recapture with their seven inches 'fuck the kids' and 'surfer'. Rough, flawed, unfinished, poorly produced. only this is the real deal. this was the best they could do at the time with the funds and skill available, whereas the two recent seven inches are done in spite of the funds and skill available, with the same end result. one is real and one is phoney.

so, in summary: if you like surfer, fuck the kids, or liberal animation, get this comp. and you won't be dissapointed. if you like nofx from s&m/ribbed onwards only, then don't...

...and if you think franco un american is the best nofx song ever you're fucking idiot.

Anonymous (August 7, 2003)

This album has an interesting History. On the Soul Doubt tour in 1993, NOFX played in Philly at Barbary with Lagwagon, Horace Pinker, Sex Doggie, and 2.5 Children. They sold this record there. My friend bought one but I didn't have the cash. The next year (1994) I saw them on the Mons-tour and I asked Fat Mike why they weren't selling them. He acted like this album didn't exist - even though they themselves sold it the year before. This was impossible to find for a really long time. Now I'm seeing it all over the place again.

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

I like this better than Pump Up The Valuum. But in my opinion NOFX climaxed at Punk In Drublic and the Decline.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

If you live in Boston, this CD is (was) on the downstairs jukebox of that chooch bar The Poor House on Boyslston Street. I almost shit my pants when I saw that next to a Dave Matthews Cd.


Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

Eh, this is my least favorite NOFX release. It's not horribly bad, but when I bought it, I was hoping for more a Liberal Animation feel/sound to it. Now that is a damn fine album. It's got some good stuff on it though, Six Pack Girls is the best song on the album, and still a live staple to this day.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

Actually this features three current nofx members - mike, and the two eriks - melvyn and sandin.

It still sucks though.

Manman (August 4, 2003)

Ack McCrap! What is this? Two alley cats trying to mate with a dented garbage can while wharf rats try to eat them would be a welcome change. I think if I lit my nuts on fire and mashed them into a bed of nails with a hammer it would be bliss compared to this.

For once, and only once, I agree with Fat Mike here. This makes Linkin Park sound good. That may sound too cruel, but it is true. If you have not yet dished out some dough, don't. Buy a hamster or something instead. If you have wasted some cash, you have my condolences. Rckawplsh! The sound of its destruction is music to my ears.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

i cant believe the lack of respect for this album here. the musicianship is not the best but other than liberal animation this is possibly NoF-X at their best.

Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

This is one of those records that you should only buy to complete a collection. That is the only reason is sits with all my other NOFX cds.

Hulka (August 2, 2003)

Maximum R'n'R had nothing to do with the record, curiously enough, but they didn't have deep enough pockets to sue Mystic Records for putting their name on it. Fat Mike did, though, and is now collecting royalties for this horrible piece of shit.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

wow, i love nofx , but this is just horrible,a nd they agree. they didnt even sanction the release of this, its just maximum cashing in on them after they got 'big'. this album is amusing at best.go buy punk in drublic.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Hmmm... A review that describes the album fairly well in very little space... Well, even though I don't really like NOFX, I have to give a hand to this reviewer.


evildeadalive (August 2, 2003)

Best song on here is definitely 'Beer Bong', or maybe that one about cops and donuts, that shit's pretty funny...

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

It is stated on the official nofx web, that fat mike didnt know about this record till he saw it in a shop, and the stuff on it is SHIT. and those of you who buy it are getting your ears and wallets raped by mystic.

thats not the official comment, the quote is actually:
This was never supposed to be a record. NOFX got popular in the mid 90's so mystic records took both seven inchers and put them out on a cd with a bunch of demo songs. It's a totally sucky record and the artwork totally bites. We had no control over any of it. In fact we didn't know it was coming out until I saw one in a store. If you want to hear a totally crappy fucked album then this is the one for you. Don't say I didn't warn you.

againstallauthority (August 2, 2003)

NOFX old stuff is fuckin great. This album is not the best nofx stuff, but if you only heard punk in drublic or hefeĀ“s era you must listen liberal animation and ribbed,the best album of the pre-hefe era.
NOFX new stuff is great, real punkrock, very poltitical and thats really good. But look Franco Un-American. Lyrics are really good, lyrics against bush and american conformism,but the song is too poppy, so listen old NOFX.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

It's very hard to listen to an entire Nofx album like this because Mike's lyrics are sung so poorly, so nasaly and just plain irritating. Liberal Animations isn't much better either. If you wanna check out early Nofx start with Ribbed, or maybe the good half of S&M.


Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

There is a band that thinks their every release is the greatest thing since high capacity magazines. That band is Oasis.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

This CD is ultra-average. It sounds akin to the Circle Jerks, but you'd be better off just listening to the Circle Jerks. Don't drink Smirnoff when you've got Grey Goose. Also, asking bands to give a good/bad rating to their own stuff is puting them in a tough spot. I know I hate to think I'm blowing smoke up my own ass, so I'll always say my band sucks, or at most "yeah people say we're allright". But if you say "yeah man we're fucking great and everything we've done is awesome" you seem like a cocky prick. It's quite possible Fat Mike does hate this record, but in the end, who cares? Make your own damn decision and don't worry if the band thinks its any good or not.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

franco unamerican is not the 'best song', first comment person. Oh no.its like a political nusery rhyme.

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

Yeah... all you bitches should listen to Redline! They play good music. That is something that this band is still trying to do.

TheOneTrueBill (August 2, 2003)

Eh. that's all i have to say

Anonymous (August 2, 2003)

people in bands dont know shit about their music.......dude your pathetic

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

I hate my band's demo. Other people like it. Actually, everyone who is in the band hates it(except the new people, only because we haven't let them listen to it) and we've been told that it's really good. My point is that people in bands don't know shit about thier music.

Mikeshitter (August 1, 2003)

Doesn't Fat Mike himself hate this record and wishes it never got released?

I've only heard it once myself, and that was enough for me.

funkisdead (August 1, 2003)

man, this record sucked my dick. sure, older nofx can be cool, but this is just shit.

adam (August 1, 2003)

"Many people like newer NOFX stuff. Some people prefer older NOFX stuff. A very small number of modern NOFX fans like their old stuff. Some people don't like older NOFX at all."

So... you're saying that some people like NOFX, and some people don't. woah.

TahoeJeff (August 1, 2003)

Its hard for me to sit down and listen to this album in one sitting. It has a few good songs, but the main reason I like listening to this is just to hear the progression from the old to the new...Nofx are fucking great

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

this is a bad album, no bones about it

iwantconflict (August 1, 2003)

Nofx is the best band in the scene.... FUCH BUSH

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

Franco unamerican is the ebst song ever

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