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No Use For A Name: Leche Con CarneLeche Con Carne (1995)
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Ok, wow I looked at the reviews today and realized that NUFAN's Leche Con Carne was not reviewed. How could argueably one of their best albums have gone unnoticed? So I guess i'll accept the challenge of putting one of my favorite band's best cds into words. Leche Con Carne is straight up punk..
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Ok, wow I looked at the reviews today and realized that NUFAN's Leche Con Carne was not reviewed. How could argueably one of their best albums have gone unnoticed? So I guess i'll accept the challenge of putting one of my favorite band's best cds into words.

Leche Con Carne is straight up punk. This cd is before the More Betterness/Hard Rock Bottom days of more pop than punk. This cd starts off with Justified Black Eye, a fan favorite and an overall brilliant song. The emotion that is put into Tony's voice on this opening track never ceases to amaze me. Next up, Couch Boy is sort of a let down after Justified Black Eye, but after a few listens the song really does being to grow on you.

Now for Soulmate. What can I say about one of the best songs Tony has written? Simply put it makes this cd worth its money. Tony's voice and lyrics carry this song into the greatness it has now achieved. Soulmate is always in the live sets and this Cd was the birth of it all.

51 Days tends to bore me, and the singing seems forced this and Wood are definitely two of the low points on the cd. Dare I say these seem like filler...

Redemption Song, the Bob Marley cover is on here as well. I have never heard so much emotion put into a cover as I did here. The passion in Tony's voice, as well as the speed of the song never ceases to amaze me.

Straight From Jacket another popular song carried by Tony's vocals and witty lyrics. I know the lyrics mean something deeper than what is on the surface and the story of a boy being abandoned by his family is delievered to perfection.

Fatal Flu is a song often ignored it seems. It wasnt on the Live In A Dive album and most fans that I talk to dont seem to recognize the brilliance behind this song. Its very catchy and seems to be making a meaningful analysis of society's problems. The best advice I can give is to check this song out.

Finally the closer of all closers, Exit. This is my favorite NUFAN song, take one listen and you'll understand. I cannot begin to express the perfection here and I will not even attempt it. Those of you who have heard this band know that Exit is a song that will affect everyone who listens to it.

No Use proves on this cd why their fan base was so loyal and large even without major exposure. They were just that damn good at making fun catchy punk rock music. Unfortunately, in my mind, things went downhill for NUFAN after this. Finally reaching its low after Hard Rock Bottom, a cd in which the band dismissed all their punk in favor of pop. Not to say it was a bad cd, it just wasnt what Leche Con Carne was to No Use fans like myself.

I can only long for the days when Tony Sly would belt out songs like this...

 

 
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burk (January 3, 2010)

its a solid record. But I think tony is kinda lazy in his song writing, when it comes to the lyrics. and i cant stand his voice more than a couple of minutes

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

oh yah its true

Anonymous (March 19, 2006)

Bad ass album. I can't believe it came out in 95, man I am getting old.

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Also one of the best punk rock albums of all time. 51 Days is a really good song, since I live near Waco, Texas and saw all the senseless violence, it appeals to me. Tony Sly is an excellent songwriter.

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

My first encounter with nufam was Daily Grind and i've been hooked since. Daily Grind kicks ass but I also love el eche con carne and don't miss the train

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

"Redemption Song, the Bob Marley cover is on here as well. I have never heard so much emotion put into a cover as I did here. The passion in Tony's voice, as well as the speed of the song never ceases to amaze me."

That cover is the worst version is the worst version of Redemption Song I've heard. They've pretty much murdered a brilliant and moving song.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Tony is an asshole.

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 24, 2003)

soulmate the best NUFAN song?? 51 days boring?? jesus christ get your head checked...i will however agree that fatal flu doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves. i did a seminar on Waco back in high school and used 51 days...good times

dignin (December 24, 2003)

"Hm I never said that. But believe what you want. The majority of my friends have shitty tastes in music, if that's any comfort, dignin."

I wasn't referring to you, it was directed at the person a few comments down.

Anonymous (December 23, 2003)

You got it from me, I have friends AND know what TSOL stands for.

-BSD

Icapped2pac (December 22, 2003)

HAHAHAHAHA, did BSD just say he had "friends"? I think maybe that was just Insincere Dave posing as BSD. Either way, I had a good laugh over it.

Anonymous (December 22, 2003)

BSD, you're a fucking dickhead. you may think you're god but you're still just a dickhead. get over yourself.

ThatotherGuy (December 22, 2003)

Isn't it funny how everyone has a different favorite from NUFAN ? I personally liked Making Friends and More Betterness the best. I also like the Live in a Dive CD, the version of "Not Your Savior" is better than on CD.

To the 16 year old who commented about his homeroom being filled with "posers" - huh ? You're fucking 16 !!! You and your peers are still trying to find your identities. If you like NUFAN, cool; if you like The Impossibles, cool; if you like Outkast, cool; if you like Killswitch Engage, cool. It's all opinion, and we're all searching for our own. Yours isn't ANY better than theirs. I like MANY types of music, and I deal with all kinds of elitists. Get the fuck over yourself. If you're listening to music made 30 years ago, or music made by a band no one has heard of, it doesn't make you better than the guy who loves Rancid more than anyone else, or the guy that thinks Tupac is a genius. GET THE FUCK OVER YOURSELF !!!

Also, pay more attention to classes, and less to the people in them, you fucking misspelled "scene".

Anonymous (December 22, 2003)

First of all.. Leche is one of the best all time newschool punk rock records, period.

As for the EP/LP thing..

Originally in the music business artists just released "singles" which were records with one song on the front side and sometimes a "B-side" which was a second song on the other side of the record. These were both played on the radio and sold in stores.

An EP (extended-play) was a record that held more songs than that, generally somewhere between 3-5. LP (long play) are "albums" that had many songs on them.

These days LP generally refers to your normal CDs/records/albums that play for a half hour or more. EP is typically an album/cd that is shorter.. in the punk scene 10 tracks or less is usually called an EP.

Singles are still singles, generally titled after the first track and usually no more than 2 extra songs on them. Almost always created exclusively for radio play.

DEATHB4DISCO (December 22, 2003)

can someone please tell me the difference between a cd, lp, or record and exactly what the hell an ep is?

Anonymous (December 22, 2003)

i was a little confused about your comment of fatal flu. i always thought it was about a girl or boy who had contracted A.I.D's. i could be wrong though. Anyway, I thought this album was alright. It had good lyrics and sounded fine but as a music fan i like abit more creativity. Im not asking for jazz, i love punk and hardcore, but it just sounded bland to me. thats just me though. As for that guy who busted on that kid for saying cd instead of ablum all i can say is get a life. I dont buy albums because i cant play them in my car, i cant skip songs and i cant return where i left off. It's the year 2003 and most people dont buy albums. If you do thats great but get a life already.

Anonymous (December 21, 2003)

Hm I never said that. But believe what you want. The majority of my friends have shitty tastes in music, if that's any comfort, dignin.

-BSD

dignin (December 21, 2003)

So to be cool you have to listen to toatally underground stuff? Congratulations your a dumbass elitist.

Anonymous (December 21, 2003)

"Fat Wreck sucks ass. Everyone in my homeroom and their grandparents listen to Fat Wreck bands. Lets try and be a little less like poseurs and get into the underground stuff. I know Im only 16 but for this shitty seen Im already old-school."

Ah, my son, I have learned the hard way that insulting poseurs' terrible taste in music will only result in them being turned off to old-school.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 21, 2003)

My fav Nufan cd's/lp's(to the person who says its improper to call them cd's)

1. Daily Grind-short but simply the best.
2. Leche Con Carne
3. Hard Rock Bottom
4. More Betterness
5. Making Friends
6. Don't miss the train
7. Incognito

Live in a Dive doesn't count since its not a studio album but if it counted it would be my fav.......I was in the audience.

Anonymous (December 21, 2003)

To the guy below me, thats probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard. You're going off about how fat wreck isnt cool cause a lot of people like their bands... so what! Yeah, I'm into local music and underground music, but I don't mind a few bands on fat... listen to the bands that you want, but who gives a fuck what label it comes from, judge the music!

Anonymous (December 21, 2003)

Fat Wreck sucks ass. Everyone in my homeroom and their grandparents listen to Fat Wreck bands. Lets try and be a little less like poseurs and get into the underground stuff. I know Im only 16 but for this shitty seen Im already old-school.

Anonymous (December 21, 2003)

i enjoy the daily grind

at_the_drive_in_21 (December 21, 2003)

Dammit, their Redemption Song cover sucks.

Anonymous (December 21, 2003)

Maybe it wasnt reviewed because nufan fucking sucks.Propagandhi is and always will be the best.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

I'm with Forty on this one. Don't Miss the Train is a classic and overlooked album... so catchy straight up punk.

exhaustra (December 20, 2003)

making friends is their best. they've gone soft.

Icapped2pac (December 20, 2003)

"If I had never discovered this band or this album, I have no idea where I would be today. I owe No Use For A Name everything."

I couldnt have said it better, dude. I bought this because I was planning on going to the 1st Warped Tour and knew they were going to be on it. At the time, Dookie and Let's Go were probably the only punk albums I'd heard, and this one blew me away. They rocked much ass at Warped Tour as well, and I've been a dedicated fan ever since. I actually consider "Making Friends" the weakest of their albums after "Incognito". "Hard Rock Bottom" is just OK, and "More Betterness" rules. And, undoubtedly, "Live in a Dive" is your best bet for your first CD by them. For me, it's probably tied with Strung Out's album of the same name for my fave live album ever.

Also, calling their latest stuff straight up pop is total bullshit. It's still punk, just more melodic and slightly more accessible. There's nothing wrong with that.

stratmanx (December 20, 2003)

Good album, not just a CD but an album, since it's apparently so important that be clarified. Making Friends was better but maybe that's because I bought it used for 99 cents.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

An extremely horrible review. He used the term "CD" nine times in reference to the album. Hey kid, you probably didn't know, but this album was also released on LP as well. Just because you can't by LPs at walmart doesn't mean they don't exist. So how about reviewing the vinyl counterpart next time as well?

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

Man, you're a fucking asshole...this is a great album but the new stuff is incredible. The only weak album from No use is Incognito. Maybe you're just too stupid to make the difference between pop and melodic punk....Jackass....you sux...nufan rulz

ryan- (December 20, 2003)

agreed, live in a dive is a good album, especially for those who don't know any NUFAN. it also sounds really good for a live performance, but then again so do all live in a dives that i've heard so far.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

Your first NUFAN cd should be Live In a Dive. It gives a taste of every NUFAN cd, and it's one of the best live cds I own.

-Kris

dignin (December 20, 2003)

You were 14 for two years! awesome.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

WHen i was 14 i listened to this album everyday for 2 years

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

why would you be shocked this hasn't been reviewed? maybe b/c nufan really isn't that great of a band? generic so cal punk rock that are as interchangeable as dozens of other bands. yea and song by song reviews blow.

Tumble_weed (December 20, 2003)

I reckon it's NUFAN's best CD...and yes you should get this as your first NUFAN CD

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

To 8dollarclarinetsolo, Making Friends is their best album, but you should put your money on something better than this.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

Not bad, but not 9/10.

gutterhippo (December 20, 2003)

to person below me, i have no idea as i only have more betterness and hard rock bottom, but you can go to their website and listen to mp3s from all their albums

8dollarclarinetsolo (December 20, 2003)

would this be the best cd for me to get as my first no use cd?

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

old trend newly discovered on this site:

"I look at the reviews and was shocked not to see this album...."

please. stop.

FortyMinutesWest (December 20, 2003)

I still like "Don't Miss The Train" the best.

Smashed_Into_Pieces (December 19, 2003)

yeah sry man ur way off...good cd yes, but things only improved for the band since the cd. The newer stuff is far more melodic and the lyrics are well-written. I'd have to say their best cd is actuall Hard Rock Bottom , with More Betterness as a close 2nd.

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

Song by song reviews are annoying as hell.

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

this = hard rock bottom

sorry..

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

More Betterness was solid but this album got old really quick.

I wish they would make another record like "making friends" myself..

hungryjoe (December 19, 2003)

Can anyone confirm or deny if "51 Days" is about David Koresh?

"Fatal Flu" and "Exit" were always my favourite from this album.

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

Their newer stuff is way better. More Betterness was gold. I own all of their albums too. I'm the biggest fan

maverick (December 19, 2003)

If I had never discovered this band or this album, I have no idea where I would be today. I owe No Use For A Name everything [too bad they've been putting out shit albums recently].

Not to sound cliche, but this album is the reason I'm still breathing.

-Scott

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