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NOFX: The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us) (2004)
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It's a real shame that discussion of NOFX's nearly two decade recorded history has often been reduced to a referendum on Mike's Punk Voter project. And despite the fact that I have and will continue to defend Mike's right to speak his mind as well as his laudable effort in mobilizing many bands and.
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It's a real shame that discussion of NOFX's nearly two decade recorded history has often been reduced to a referendum on Mike's Punk Voter project. And despite the fact that I have and will continue to defend Mike's right to speak his mind as well as his laudable effort in mobilizing many bands and music fans towards a lofty and sadly unattained goal - I guess he didn't hate Bush as much as the south hated gays and economics - NOFX predates Punk Voter by more years than many punk fans have been alive. So, while it might be a bit premature delivering a postmortem release for a band that is still breathing and touring, this greatest hits compilation may serve to remind people of why NOFX is a singular band deserving of far more than just a footnote in punk rock history.

While it's easy to forget these days when most people describe punk and hardcore in terms of emo and metal, a few short years ago when this site began, NOFX was the dominant influence on most bands claiming affiliation with the punk scene. A critic describing a band as NOFX-influenced was not just common, it was nearly ubiquitous. Their simple formula of fast guitars over even faster double time drumming was universally accepted as a staple of the genre. And it wasn't just Fat bands like Lag Wagon, Strung Out and No Use for a Name that were described in terms of NOFX, but bands on a variety of labels, from obscure underground bands, to more mainstream-friendly acts like Blink 182 and MxPx.

When talking about a greatest hits record like The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us), it's nearly impossible for the compilation to reflect each NOFX fan's vision of their best works. For example, I would have preferred "The Death of John Smith" to "The Longest Line" from the latter-titled EP, added the heartfelt "Perfect Government" from Punk in Drublic, and probably ensured the presence of "Please Play This Song On The Radio" from White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean. Still, most of the true classics are certainly present; the absolute perfection of "Linoleum," the singalong greatness of "Bob," and their best recent-era track "Separation of Church and Skate" with its memorable line: "When did punk rock become so safe?"

Some of the omissions are unfortunate certainly, and some are understandable, like the absence of the eighteen minute "The Decline" which ranks as arguably the most mature, varied and straight up brilliant song that Mike has ever written. Some tracks from the rarities compilation 45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enoughâ?¦ should have made the cut, like "We Ain't Shit" over "Day to Daze." Still, there are few surprising omissions, when most are a question of personal taste. A band with dozens of records, singles and EPs is bound to be imperfectly represented on a compilation like this, and under that circumstance, the product is surprisingly thorough, though thankfully omits their forgettably half-baked Liberal Animation.

But for those who are unfamiliar with NOFX, this retrospective should necessarily be followed with Punk in Drublic - one of the best punk records of the 90s - The Decline, a concept track that is actually worthy of its lengthy listening investment, White Trashâ?¦ for it's varied songwriting style and without par Minor Threat cover and of course, also deserving of mention is So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes which nearly approaches the greatness of Punk in Drublic and contains one track that could bring a tear to the eye of the most unromantic ("Falling in Love"). In the end, this record serves its purpose; it provides a strong if necessarily incomplete introduction to a band who along with Bad Religion and a handful of others helped define the Californian punk scene, and in that end it succeeds greatly.

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nikko (March 19, 2006)

jaundiced eye is sooo much better than day to daze or w/e

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

perfect government wasnt on this album cos they didnt write it hence greatest songs writen by us i think it was written by mark curry anywho correct me if im wrong

Anonymous (March 24, 2005)

is it just me or is Jaundiced Eye a kick ass song.

Anonymous (March 24, 2005)

Good album. But nothing can beat Liberal Animation or S&M Airlines. Dave's guitar playing was truly unique (and crazy) along with rocker steve. NOFX has seemed to lost their agression and overall kick ass punk rock like they used to. But still, dont get me wrong, NOFX is still a hella good band and they HAVE NOT sold out yet. I've seen selling out, they havent done it yet.

Anonymous (January 29, 2005)

maybe the songs don't flow into each other (maybe they do), but they are placed in a good order, so that you can listen to the whole thing in order.

Anonymous (January 6, 2005)

"though thankfully omits their forgettably half-baked Liberal Animation."

Shut Up Already from Liberal Animation is on this record.

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

No shit dickhead they only have 22 years and 13 albums worth of songs to choose from!!!!

dam mad

Anonymous (December 19, 2004)

This greatest hits album deserves 10 or 1. Ten because NOFX are genial and 1 because they should not have that kind of album. But my rating is 8 because i don't see Scavenger type, the brews, soul doubt, lori meyers, please play this song, theme from a NOFX album etc.

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

If this shit aint punk rock enlighten us oh so punk guy!
Dam Mad

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

NOFX makes my dick soft

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

"liberal animation is one of their best albums, if you don't think it deserves a spot on this you don't know punk rock"

apperantly neither do u because this isnot punk rock

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

Abortion makes my cock hard...

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

is it me or is "Moron Bros." and "You Drink..." not on the so-called "Best Of" cd? if i'm wrong, someone tell me, cuz if i ain't, that's fuckin' crazy!

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

I can't agree with the songs they picked. They'd know more than anyone, I guess, but my list would look like this:

We Thre Gasoline on the Fire...
Philthy Phil Philanthropist
Release the Hostages
Drop The World
Pharmacist's Daughter
Bottles To The Ground
Linoleum
Leave It Alone
Dig
The Brews
Punk Guy
Happy Guy
Reeko
Green Corn
Nowhere
Day To Daze
It's My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite
Murder The Government
180 Degrees
All His Suits Are Torn
Kill Rock Stars
The Desperation's Gone
The Decline
Soul Doubt
Stickin' In My Eye
Bob

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

its a little too emo for me

trailerparkjesus (November 14, 2004)

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Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

remember when "so long and thanksâ?¦" was supposed to be their last album? Oh man at the time that sucked. That was in my pre-internet days, so a few years later when I walked by the NoFX section at my local disc shop and saw "the decline" I was like "what the fuck is this?" Then I bought it, put it in and it blew my mind, pieces of which have still not been recovered.

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

liberal animation is one of their best albums, if you don't think it deserves a spot on this you don't know punk rock

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

harsh, dam mad are you dam mad .. deep person under me are you a person under me.. ok that didnt make sense but this band blows

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

Yeah, I know this is a punk site, not a political site, but Ive been thinking ever since Dubya got elected in office about the hypocracy of some of their policies. For instance, Republicans and the religious right are vehemently pro life, but at the same time, they hate welfare and things like that that help the lower class and impoverished. But the weird thing is that many people who do get abortions are lower class and unfit financially and mentally for a child. So essentially what theyre saying is that if you get pregnant, youre screwed, essentially widening the already massive gap between the haves and have nots. Also, alot of those who vote Dubya are middle class white people who dont want their hard earned money going to poor black people. However, they fail to realize that 1% of this population has more money than the other 99. Theyre focusing entirely on the wrong issue. They are told to see themselves as the haves while they are actually the have nots. But you gotta give credit to the Republicans and the "patriotic" angle theyve taken. Theyve essentially blinded the American public in a cloud of red, white, and blue.

HorrorBusiness78 (November 12, 2004)

i dont think abortion is right but i'm pro choice because i dont believe I can make that decision for someone else. and i deffinately agree if the mother could die from it than thats another story. anyways this cd is pretty good but if you have all the cds already its pointless. mostly for mall punks who just heard about nofx and think they'll look cool by having one of their cds; even though its the fuckin greatest hits.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

Dam Mad has a point, my sister had to have a abortion because her birth canal was fucked up or something among those lines I'm not exactly sure but I am sure that if she couldn't have had the abortion and would have had to give birth she would have died in the delivery room so don't say he didn't make sense because these types of situations sometimes can't be avoided and if the religious right denies people the ability to make decisions among those lines then there is a problem. If I was raped and got pregnant there is no way in hell I would deliver the child and if abortion was illegal I would do it myself which will be happening alot if they over turn Roe vs. Wade so think before you say something doesn't make sense just because you don't agree with it.

sincerely

concerned punker chick

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

How in the hell does it not make sense you dumb fuck!? If a pregnant lady is killed and they count it as two murders then that means that the unborn child is viewed as a living breathing human being. If that happens then bye bye abortion. There is absolutely no sarcasm there mutherfucker I hope your mom or sister gets raped and has to have the child because abortion is illegal then come and tell me that made no sense whatsoever when your little brother is the seed of a evil fucking rapist and your mom or sister is reminded on a daily basis that she was robbed of her dignity and violated in the most despicable of ways. If that shit sounds a ok with you then you are a better and much more tolerant person than me.

Dam Mad

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

i'm assuming that was meant to be sarcasm, because it didn't make any sense whatsoever.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

Score is for the verdict on scott peterson. They found him guilty of 1st degree murder for killing his wife which is more than fine. But he also was found guilty for 2nd degree murder on his unborn child which is totally fucked up because that is going to be the reference point for getting abortion illegal saying it is murder. I'm telling you a womans right to choose is going to be gone. If she gets raped and becomes pregnant to fucking bad. If having the child would mean possible or sure death to the mother sorry bitch you have to die because that is jesus' will and our government is run on religion lady not religious freedoms or free will. I hope all of you bastards who voted for bush have a daughter or mother or sister or cousin or aunt or loved one period who has to carry a unwanted child full term and deliver a heathen child that sprouted from the seed of a serial rapist and goes on to kill you when you are old and decrepid. Fuck the world

dam mad

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

Lagwagon rules. Even if you dont like their music, read Joey Capes lyrics, he's a great writer

earth23 (November 12, 2004)

"Lag Wagon" or Lagwagon. Ugh.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

FUCK YEAH! This thread inspired me to put on my entire nofx discography today... and all i can say is FUCK YEAH. Man, anyone who cranks this out and doesnt start feeling fucking awesome mustnt listen to the music. This just pumps me up, inspires me, makes me happy to be alive, and makes me want to shout out!!!

Fuck man, this is good. Hopefully this will lead me back out of the musical douldroms (havent had much inspiration to listen to much lately, but i'm back!)

Oh, and to all u people knocking these guys cos u like all the new school ***core shit, well, fucking get a life. Personally, when i listen to music, i want to get pumped up and jump up and have fun. Dunno why u'd want anything else personally.

Anyway, cyaazzzz

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

This band is SO not punk.....

heh

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

"If anyone thinks capitalism is just fine the way it is... I don't know what to say to you. If you think the world is on the road to peace by America installing "democracy and freedom" then your head is up your ass. It's time for a new political movement... how about logic as an ideal?"

Why does everything have to lead back to the war on terrorism? We were having a debate on the efficiency of different forms of government and sure enough some moron comes in immediately connecting "capitalism" to "America installing democracy and freedom" in other countries.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

Those who know nothing about politics then what they learned from their parents and MTV should shut the fuck up becuase this thread is filled with idiots.

Not-To-Regret (November 11, 2004)

If anyone thinks capitalism is just fine the way it is... I don't know what to say to you. If you think the world is on the road to peace by America installing "democracy and freedom" then your head is up your ass. It's time for a new political movement... how about logic as an ideal?

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

no - two below - the varukers say all systems fail

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

Anarchists are the most full of shit posers period. Seriously who in the fuck wants chaos or no government. Hell i hate Dubya but no gov would be idiotic not one goddamn thing would ever get done. Anarchists just like drawing that fucking A shit and trying to be so non conformist by being so damn extreme. I bet you anarchist mutherfuckers wrote in Nader on the ballots, that is of course only if you fucks actually took part in this great but unfortunately flawed democratic process. But you probably sat on your asses and let bullshit propaganda flow out of your fucking mouths for anyone in earshot. So shut the fuck up with that 8th grade bullshit.

Love
Dam Mad

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

get over it - as the varukers say, all government's fail.

any form of government, no matter how appealing/ideal it looks on paper, by nature, is flawed b/c man is flawed - it's simple, really.

as for anarchy - never could work b/c man, by nature, is inherently evil

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

if I may:

Communism is an evolutionary step beyond industrialized capitalism. Of course "communism" failed in Russia...they were still in a state of agrarian semi-feudalism when the bolshevics took over. Communism, as described by marx and engels requires an industrialized state to take root and thus has never really been tried.

-Ken

Theories are all fine and dandy and in that case a "utopian society" would probably be even better but until they are actually implemented and tried out then............................they are just that, "theories".

I used to have a friend in college that considered himself a socialist and when anyone brought up The Soviet Union in a debate he would say the same things about how that was not real communism and speak of "theories" and whatnot. Well alot of things sound nice in "theory" but in reality we are stuck with what is and isnt.

-Jamie

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

"to the guy that quoted my comment and said that mdc and doa have been doing it longer and better point taken i wasn't overlooking them i was just focusing on nofx, hell nofx is new to putting so much energy into politics they have some songs here and their but they stepped it up lately but you are correct fine sir they aren't the first and won't be the last and they aren't the best or the worst
love
dam mad"

dear sir, i'm glad you agree w/ what this fine lady had to say. All my best

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

if I may:

Communism is an evolutionary step beyond industrialized capitalism. Of course "communism" failed in Russia...they were still in a state of agrarian semi-feudalism when the bolshevics took over. Communism, as described by marx and engels requires an industrialized state to take root and thus has never really been tried.

-Ken

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

i agreee with your comment but it is important to be factual. it avoids other arguments and contributes to the general education of everyone.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

"the nazi party was not a communist party it was a facist party"

I believe it was just an example to explain the senseless logic that "We are not allowed to say something has failed unless we are from that country"...

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

the nazi party was not a communist party it was a facist party. the soviet union was a communist party and yes it did fail. in a large way do to the war of influence it fought with the usa and it's allies. the result of the "cold war" is directly related to many of the problems we are facing in the middle east today. an example would be the selling of the A.W.A.C.S. t o saudi arabia ( that might not be spelled right) in the eighties by reagan so that they wouldn't join with communism.

as for the album, i really don't like best of albums. i already have these songs. i'm not saying their cashing in but i do say this album is a little pointless. and yes i know some people prefer to have just one retrospective album. it's just pointless in my personal opinion.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

Very simple answers:

1) Last time I checked America was never communist, so you can't say "communism has failed" unless you're from another country.

We have watched it fail in other countries. Why can we not say it has failed unless we are from one of those countries? I'm not from Germany but i can say the Nazi's failed.

2) Capitalism thrives off a class system that you evidently are on the better end of. The upper class shop and dine expensively while the middle class stare at the TV screen looking at cartoon depictions of the lower-class, who (in real life) just want jobs so they can afford things. But it can't be. The only way you can make it big in this country is to use other people. How can you not prefer a system that would abolish all of that?

Plain and simple, BECAUSE IT DOESNT WORK. If everyone is given the same amount of everything no matter what they do, wheres there motivation to do a good job? And isnt it fair that we should be able to decide what we want to do in life for ourselves and not told by the goverment. And perhaps for the most harsh reality, we are clearly not all equal when it comes to intelligence, strength, and many more specific traits. Those who are smart enough to become a doctor SHOULD make more money than the garbage man and so on. And if you've ever met anyone who experienced Communism (I work with all Russians who came here during the 80's) all they do is speak about how terrible it was and they love it here. But go ahead, keep complaining while your sitting pretty here asshole. I am an average middle class American but it doesnt take a genious to see that even the lower class have it alot better here than they do in a lot of other countries, THATS WHY THEY COME HERE. But go ahead, just keep on whining.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

NOFX RAWKS!! CD Needed Death Of John Smith and Perfect Government too, but NOFX didn't write Perfect Government, Mark Curry did, he is El Hefe's half/brother. Needed More songs off Ribbed too!! Still better than the bands that imitate them!! And twice as old!!

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

i got into NOFX at 15, i am now 21. can't say i really listen to them all that much anymore, but i do respect the band a great deal. they introduced me to punk, and honestly, even though i'm not old enough to appreciate this, NOFX were a ridiculously influential band. when i think of so-cal punk/pop-punk i think of bad religion and NOFX. BR laid the groundwork with Suffer, but NOFX took it a few steps further. anyway, i'm an indie geek now, shoot me, but it rubs me the wrong way when people talk smack about a band that meant a great deal to me when i was growing up. if anything, they are the premiere case of a band that deserves the fame and money, christ, look how long they suffered in absolute obscurity until they had their big break with Punk in Drublic.

anyway, i'm wasted.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

To be a true anarchist, you cannot buy anything that contains sales tax, tax is money for the government, so there goes clothes, and other possessions. I agree with Thursday, there are no real Anarchists.. Well there are, they just aren't trying to be.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

fuck i am an artard. you're on to something is the phrase i was looking for

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

niiice. i like the declaration of shenanigans on the review. i think you may be on the something.
on another note the vinyl version of....and now for something completely similar would have been cool.

fistchode (November 10, 2004)

do you consider parecon anarchist?

if by anarchist you mean non-heirarchical and collective, then I'm all for it... if you mean that chaos crap that moron punks preach, then you're an idiot.

ThursdayIsStillACrime (November 10, 2004)

Silly punks. "Fuck Bush, I could do a better job by legalizing drugs, drinking at age 10 and hookers. Long live anarchy." I got a message for all the punks, if any of you are real anarchists send me an email Twistedbastard@hotmail.com
I love crushing the pathetic dreams of all the silly punks, NOFX blows. I rest my case. (There are NO real anarchists, except for the ones who don't realize they are anarchists.)

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

"NEWS FLASH: COMMUNISM HAS FAILED, CAPITALISM (while certainly far from perfect) HAS PROVEN TO HAVE GOTTEN IT THE CLOSEST TO "RIGHT". "

1) Last time I checked America was never communist, so you can't say "communism has failed" unless you're from another country.

2) Capitalism thrives off a class system that you evidently are on the better end of. The upper class shop and dine expensively while the middle class stare at the TV screen looking at cartoon depictions of the lower-class, who (in real life) just want jobs so they can afford things. But it can't be. The only way you can make it big in this country is to use other people. How can you not prefer a system that would abolish all of that?

-BSD

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Jawbreaker got me into punk rock in 1990, bitches.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

"Now suddenly Fat Records is all fired up against bush. You can buy NOFX records with newly minted political lyrics, "Rock against Bush" CDs and of course "Not My President" T shirts with the Fat Records logo conveniently screened on the back. Get real folks. Liberal outrage against Bush, no matter how well founded, is a big business. Michael Moore, Al Franken and Fat Mike are taking America's disdain for bush all the way to the bank."

-Felix Havoc (typed out from MRR)

Noone cares about your holier than thou, diy, commie views. Its extremist assholes like you that take these music debates so far that noone should be able to make a dime off of their music and everyone should have a job in a factory all making the same amount of money and doing their equal part in contributing to society and music or any other art form or entertainment would be strictly hobbies. NEWS FLASH: COMMUNISM HAS FAILED, CAPITALISM (while certainly far from perfect) HAS PROVEN TO HAVE GOTTEN IT THE CLOSEST TO "RIGHT". And i listen to music for one simple reason, because i like the way it sounds. Not because i only listen to bands most people have never heard of that most likely have no musical talent but loads of street cred and i have this dying (sickening) fuckin urge to be different. Fuck MRR and fuck you.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Are you done pacer? Don't let the door hit you on the ass as you exit.

pacer (November 10, 2004)

Oh and one other thing, that prat's most likely on about shut up already, which anyone worth thier salt knows was written as an in-joke. I remember myself reading another columnist in MRR (or possibly hit list) complaining how, when punk blew up in the 90s, things such as that song were taken from the context of scene in-jokes to being gospel, and then you ended up with these moron kids who based their philosophies on them, in this case the "pro-meat" faction. Same thing happened with ben weasel's "guide to punk fashon" column. And now there's one of these idiots who took it the wrong fuckin way writing for that corporate piece of shit rag and you have ANOTHER generation of idiots believeing it. AH, to hell with punk rock. You idiots can keep it.

pacer (November 10, 2004)

Oh please, quoting MRR... You mean someone still reads the teenage conformist's guide to rebellion? Don't you know that magazine hasn't been worth the paper it's printed on since Tim Yo died? And considering it's fuckin newsprint, that's less than fuck all.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

On nofx's recent political outcries, Felix Havoc Writes in MRR:

"And now this, I gotta call bullshit on Fat Records and Punkvoter.com. I've been around for a while and I can remember quite well that NOFX was one of the main bands that broke into the mainstream by mocking political punk, activists and animal rights. Fat Mike has no right to bemoan the "apathy" of young punks when he has made a career and fortune promoting the "don't worry, be happy" version of mall punk that went out of it's way to mock activists, straight edge and political punk. I have always hated NOFX and their ilk." ........ "Now suddenly Fat Records is all fired up against bush. You can buy NOFX records with newly minted political lyrics, "Rock against Bush" CDs and of course "Not My President" T shirts with the Fat Records logo conveniently screened on the back. Get real folks. Liberal outrage against Bush, no matter how well founded, is a big business. Michael Moore, Al Franken and Fat Mike are taking America's disdain for bush all the way to the bank. Where were NOFX and Fat Mike in the days of Rock Against Reagan?"

-Felix Havoc (typed out from MRR)

Not-To-Regret (November 10, 2004)

This CD seems to be a NOFX party mix. I was okay with the track listing until I noticed my favorite... and perhaps best NOFX song ever written (that runs under 18 minutes) EAT THE MEEK. WHY NO EAT THE MEEK!

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

i meant "so long" in that last part of that last post. doh!

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

i'm calling shenanigans on this reviewer!! i don't buy that he's actually heard this album. i think he just wrote a review based on the track listing and his past knowledge of the songs. he's written several comments on here to answer questions readers posed, but still for some reason keeps avoiding reviewing the new song (which its an amazing mid-tempo number, far exceding what one might expect from "the bonus song on the greatest hits"). and he also added a comment saying the tracks don't flow together, when several infact do (namely "leave it alone" into "green corn," which was exactly the song the reader who asked was wondering about. also "bleeding heart disease" goes into "bottles" nicely). plus he failed to mention that "murder the government" was the version from the vinyl of "so long" w/ the reggae intro. now, he mentions his affinity for that album in the review, so maybe he only has the vinyl and doesn't know that the cd version is different, but in this day and age i highly doubt it. so....

shenanigans!!!

also, i just wanted to say "so what" is a contender for their best album, and is highly underrated. thank you.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Sorry about the caps lock thing it is a bad habit. To the dude below me you are so fucking right. That is exactly what I was saying they have been doing the political shit their whole career they just stepped it up because of this dickhead called Dubya. Did you hear that pharmacists around the country are starting to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control because it is against their beliefs. I'm not talking about every single pharmacy but some of them and it isn't even the pharmacy it's just some punk ass pharmacist with a Jesus complex. I'm telling you guys it is going to be rough. Dubya is going to make sure that by the time this 4 years is up he will have his religious judges on the supreme courts and bye bye abortion. And of course he is going to butcher the fucking constitution to his liking or his priests! Any fucking ways I'm just going to sit patiently and wait for the world to end like the nerds did on 01/31/99.
Hate
Dam Mad

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

What's with the rash of anger over Fat Mike and the Punk Voter site or the political turn that NOFX's music has taken in recent years. Sorry folks but that's kinda what punk rock, at its best, is supposed to personify: socially and politically conscious protest music. Besides, those elements have existed in their music from the very start (Perfect Government, Murder the Government, Don't Call me White, The Death of John Smith, etc) except now they are more explicitly directed at the bullshit administration empowered by the conservative, homophobic, ignorant, hypocritical, hawkish red states.

I mean, don't worry you're still gonna get your songs about drugs, booze and fat lesbians but I'm sure you won't mind if Mike throws some sincere political commentary in there as well.

p.s. I gotta agree that Herojuana is probably my favorite NOFX song.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Caps Lock buddy

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

To the guy that quoted my comment and said that mdc and doa have been doing it longer and better point taken i wasn't overlooking them i was just focusing on nofx, hell nofx is new to putting so much energy into politics they have some songs here and their but they stepped it up lately but you are correct fine sir they aren't the first and won't be the last and they aren't the best or the worst
love
dam mad

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

i was a freshman in high school when punk in drublic came out and from then until now it's been one of my favorite records... i kinda didn't care about heavy petting or so long and thanks for the shoes cause i moved on to other things. but like someone posted below, i got in and out of nofx phases from time to time... i think i'm in one again now... for me and my friends punk in drublic, s&M, and white trash were so much more relavent during the early 90s then bands like pearl jam or the smashing pumpkins. like most teenagers, they were loud snotty and funny.

i still dont get the point of this greatest hits album though...

pacer (November 10, 2004)

Two points

1: If you believe Mike's worth 25 mil you're a fuckin idiot. Furthermore if you believe he's put out the last few NOFX releases and the rock against bush CDs on Fat Wreck purely for coke money, you're a complete fuckin dolt. Really. Finally, why the hell would kids care if Mike or any one else does blow? You say that like a concerned parent.

2: Herojuana should really have been on here. I stopped listening to NOFX for about the last year, and just recently stuck all thier albums on my new MP3 fandangle and have gone back and listened to every single one of them at work. Herojuana is my new fave. Rock.

3. Chinatown is obviously new to punk rock. That or a complete poser. I can't count how many people i know that NOFX got into punk rock over the ten years i've been listening to them. If you weren't there, you have no idea...

Cos (November 10, 2004)

"without par Minor Threat cover"

I think you mean "without PEER", Aubin

--Language Police (aka Cos)

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Easy dude-oldpunker-

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

First off chinktown needs to shut the fuck up don't ever utter good charlotte when describing nofx unless showing the two different ends of the spectrum. For once i agree with wyzo the l. G. And to the guy who is dead set on proving that nofx wasn't influenced by br sorry dude i'm a huge fan of both more so nofx than br but the fact of the matter is fat mike has even said that br is his favorite band and they influenced them, hell the first nofx song to ever have harmony was the last song on s & m airlines that fleetwood mac cover and the harmony was provided by noneother then br, mike said that was when they decided to start with the harmony. So br influenced them but now nofx is the influence in punk today but still br would rank 1 in cal punk and nofx a respectable 2 it doesn't matter at all what we think was the peak period and what not that's just how it is and br isn't bad company at all. It's no secret that the guys all like dope except for mr clean and sober eric (sandin) hell one of the best lines ever written "the only real drug problem is scoring real good drugs" says it all. Nofx rocks so does br. Love dam mad

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

so yea... my ON DEMAND thing in my cable box has music videos, and one of them is "I wanna be an Alcoholic" by NOFX. its a pretty joke video for a song that is fucking way old but i thought it was interesting that my Clear-Channel supplied cable box had them on it.

on another note... not too long ago my band recorded with the old guitarist of Rise Against / 88 Fingers Louie and he told us that while on tour with NOFX, every one of them except for eric sandin (drummer) blew fucking tons of coke all the time. not that im surprised, just thought some little kids would like to know that. i would have liked to know that when i first got into nofx.

also... fat mike in 2002 was reportedly worth over $25,000,000 (from the same source). its no surprise he put the last NOFX full length and the 2 rock-against bush comps on Fat Wreck. he needs coke money.

lastly... nofx fucking destroy. fat mike is my idol. i love this country.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

assholes

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

this band sucks

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

you would think Aubin would be able to pull writing Lagwagon's name correctly. Lag Wagon? geez...

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

I will never understand what the big deal is-oldpunker-

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Great band that doesn't need a greatest hits album. Also there are a lot of misses - Scavenger type, Dig, Vanilla sex, The brews, please play this song...

thirtyseconds (November 10, 2004)

I would have preferred a second live album. And for that live album to contain "Guttermouth are a really good band" because I can't find it on MP3. You know they will release another live album one day. I'll wait for that. How's the new song? And what about the "In Honor" track?

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

"Considering that S&M Airlines(there first decent record) was released in 1989. I think it is safe to say they came along well into Bad Religion's peak period. NOFX is a distant second in defining the California punk scene."

Considering Bad Religion's peak period started with Suffer in 1988 I think it is safe to say you're full of shit. As for them being a distant second in defining the punk scene, a lot more bands of the last decade or so have taklen their musical cues from NOFX than from BR. Don't get me wrong, I love both bands but I think NOFX are by far more influential.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

"I wouldn't really say NOFX came around well into BR's lifetime. BR 1981, NOFX 1983â?¦"

Considering that S&M Airlines(there first decent record) was released in 1989. I think it is safe to say they came along well into Bad Religion's peak period. NOFX is a distant second in defining the California punk scene.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Just join the club and resell the 7"s on ebay, you'll be rich.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

On the subject oh whether or not you should subscribe to the NOFX 7" club...these are my thoughts....

I'm a little apprehensive......

A. I don't own a record player anymore. I gave my Pioneer to my girlfriend's Grandmother. Trust me, she has more vinyl than I do.... plus, I scored points with the in-laws.

B. I'm sure the entire discography of 7"s will end up here, or somewhere available for DL... or.... eventually, NOFX will release it on CD. Last time I looked, people weren't installing detachable face record players in their cars.

C. A lot of punks think vinyl is the way to go, it's punk, it's quality, it's old school nostalgic. I think vinyl is great, and I love 7" records and LP's. Limited edition color and limited press releases is a great collectors item, but lets get real. . . this is the digital age. With CD players, ipods, MP3â??s, punk torrents, FTP @ Unix Punx, WAVâ??s......its digital VS. Analog. I'm I big fan of NOFX, and YES I'm over 25 years old but I don't want the hassle of a 7" anymore. Am I lazy, American, or just old? I wan

t convenience! How about a monthly disc or EP?

D. The question is, do I pay $80 for a 1-year subscription of 7"s and pick up a record player from the local thrift store. Or, do I hope that one day this 7" will be released on CD? I don't know?

Maybe I should just get off my ass, buy a record player, covert the vinyl tracks to an MP3 format, and burn the CD myself.....oh the dilemma!!!

Aaron

jon_the_skafather (November 10, 2004)

uh........aubin.....it's greatest hits they wrote......they didn't write perfect government.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

This was remastered to sound like a glossy Good Charlotte-type band.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

to the guy who wanted No Doubt's greatest hits album:

your taste in music sucks.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

1) shut up already is on this and liberal animation.
2) liberal animation was/is a good album

CallingLondon (November 9, 2004)

oh my god do i miss those days. when if you said you listened to punk music what came to mind was some kids playing fast and sloppy rock and roll as opposed to now when what comes to mind is whinning vocals over midtempo guitars. god damnit.

aubin (November 9, 2004)

Big_Guy: You're right. I corrected my original "Q&A"

Big_Guy (November 9, 2004)

Aubin, I'm pretty sure that this is remastered. I think it said that on the e-card.

aubin (November 9, 2004)

To respond to some of the points people brought up:

1. You're all correct in saying that Mike didn't write "Perfect Government," it was Mark Curry.. I realize the very title of the record precludes them from including it, but as an introduction to NOFX, it would have been nice to see.

2. All the tracks (except for the new one) are remastered. I didn't notice, but there is a sticker to that effect on the retail CD.

3. To the guy who asked "Do the tracks flow into one another?" They don't, but I wasn't expecting them to since this is a compilation of tracks from different sessions. I didn't mention it because it wasn't even something I had considered.

4. I added the track listing for the songs. I figured it was better to pick out the highlights in the review than do a track-by-track commentary. If you aren't familiar with the band, then the track names won't matter, and if you want to see the list, there is a link below the review now.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

oops
*too stupid....
point made, i guess.

CWD

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

'Whether your 12 or 17, you dont appreciate this music because you are growing up in an age of ridiculoulsy overproduced emo and numetal and various other assorted bullshit.... If you had been in highschool in the 90's around the time that Pearl Jam and all the grunge shit was getting a little played out, this was the fuckin coolest thing ever... And i believe as things always move in cycles, people will get sick of all these nauseating auto-tuned vocals and there will be a move back to a more raw sound eventually. And if you can move past the raw sound.... NOFX are some of the most clever songwriters EVER'

Thank you, that is what I was implying by my previous comment but I was too lazy (or to stupid) to spell it out like you did. Yes, those of us who grew up with NOFX , whether it be in the late eighties or mid nineties, are able to appreciate what they have done for the 'punk' genre as a whole. Yes, we may have 'outgrown' them somewhat, but those making condescending comments are most likely not older than 18, in my opinion and never will appreciate what they've accomplished. I don't listen to them on a day to day basis, but I will always throw them in to listen to some good, fun music, it still blows all these new bands outta the water. I don't care about the shit talkers have to say because being a fan of fallout boy, from first to last, the used, and story of the year (and countless other terrible 'new-school' bands) hardly gives you any credibility, sorry.
I also agree with Some1's comment, well said.

CrankWillDestroy

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Dude, are you sure mail-order won't be cheaper?

bemused (November 9, 2004)

Oh yeah, is this the Year of the Greatist Hits cd??

AFI, Live, Korn, Gun's and Roses, Powderfinger, Robbie Williams, No Doubt, NoFx to name a few.

I want No Doubt's damnit

-Chris-

bemused (November 9, 2004)

I love this band. I will continue to get every new release they put out, but since I have all their LP's their aint much point paying AUS$ 25 for just one song. I wouldn't mind the song descriptions though. A christmas present pehaps?? (bro?)

-Chris-

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I wouldn't really say NOFX came around well into BR's lifetime. BR 1981, NOFX 1983â?¦

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Score is based on the fact that I have liked this band alot at different times, i'm not really listening to them now, maybe i'll pick this up if I get on a nofc kick again in a few months!
-notfeelingcreative

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"to a band who along with Bad Religion and a handful of others helped define the Californian punk scene"

Along with Bad Religion? Bad religion. Period. Nofx came along well into Bad Religions peak epitaph period.

wyzo

some1 (November 9, 2004)

the young'ns used to like nofx, but what used to be called new-school is now called old-school by the kids. now the young'ns like pretty boy bands with guitars. its true

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I just bought the cd 30 mins ago. I was actually in the store to buy San Andreas, but I caught a glimpse of this album on the way out so I decided to take a look. I couldn't resist, so I walked out of their with San Andreas and NOFX

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"What the hell is the appeal in this band? I just don't see it."

"That's because you're 12."

"Negative, I'm 17. I don't hate NOFX, but they're so incredibly overrated."

Whether your 12 or 17, you dont appreciate this music because you are growing up in an age of ridiculoulsy overproduced emo and numetal and various other assorted bullshit.... If you had been in highschool in the 90's around the time that Pearl Jam and all the grunge shit was getting a little played out, this was the fuckin coolest thing ever... And i believe as things always move in cycles, people will get sick of all these nauseating auto-tuned vocals and there will be a move back to a more raw sound eventually. And if you can move past the raw sound.... NOFX are some of the most clever songwriters EVER

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

nofx has the uncanny ability, like the ramones (not in talent or originality), to write the same song 1000 times and make each one somewhat memorable

there is something to be said about that

-the other scott

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"...OPEN THEIR MOUTHS WHEN EVERYONE ELSE WAS SCARED OF BEING "DIXIE CHICKED" NOFX HAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS BUT UNLIKE OZZY OR THE STONES THEY STILL KICK ASS AND CAN PUT ON A GOOD SHOW. SO IN CLOSING NOFX KICKS MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF ASS AND HAVE INFLUENCED HUNDREDS OF BANDS FROM GARAGES TO RECORDING STUDIOS AROUND THE FUCKING WORLD."

three words: MDC and D.O.A.

no one does political punk better and have been doing it longer. true pioneers and both have released/are releasing scathing attacks on this fucked up administration. nofx aren't the only ones not afraid to open their fat mouths. don't forget those who came before (and those who are superior)

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

my ears be a ringing.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

What a dumb ass i am i meant maximum rock & roll not so what if we're on mystic so what is a ep my bad

dam mad

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Surprisingly low amount of chuckleheads so far. To the dude who said this cd is on epitaph because it is the last in their contract what a dumb ass. Like someone else said they sign one record deals with them, so the reason is pretty obvious seeing as how all of their full lengths except so what if we are on mystic and war on errorism were all released on epitaph. And the mystic one was two ep's and some demo tracks thrown together without the knowledge of the band. Nofx is actually underrated seeing as how they are better than all of these fucking mainstream mtv/clear channel pussy rock bands out there today. And they catch so much flak for selling out, how in the hell have they sold out you coulnd't find a video of theirs on mtv no singles no corperate advertising none of that shit yet their last album busted out in the billboard top 100 just because they built a career on touring and good music which spread like wildfire through word of mouth. Much props to mike and howard stern in their valiant but failed attempt to get bush out of office and open their mouths when everyone else was scared of being "dixie chicked" nofx has been around for years but unlike ozzy or the stones they still kick ass and can put on a good show. So in closing nofx kicks massive amounts of ass and have influenced hundreds of bands from garages to recording studios around the fucking world. Love dam mad

greg0rb (November 9, 2004)

I also think Heavy Petting Zoo is their best. It's the most diverse and the most they have ever strayed from their famous sound since they found it right around White Trash. But yeah that one and Punk in Drublic are also classics. These albums were my high school soundtrack, that's for sure.
-Greg

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"'What the hell is the appeal in this band? I just don't see it.

That's because you're 12.'

yep, i think most of the people that 'hate' nofx were born in or after 1988.."

see i thought it was the exact opposite - those of us who are older grew out of them. i thought the young'ns like nofx?

irishred (November 9, 2004)

You're comparing and criticizing these albums that came out a while ago. Imagine how amazing PUNK IN DRUBLIC was when it was recorded over 10 years ago.

Place the album in context of when it came out. Now shut up.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I haven't heard the cd yet or bought it just bought tix to bad religion anyways i've heard all the songs except the new one so i know it is sick. I haven't read your comments yet so i'm gonna check them out and see how many chuckleheads are talking shit

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Is someone gonna review the new NMDS/WA split? I heard a couple of the NMDS songs at the Fest in gainesville and it was fucking good.

Not-To-Regret (November 9, 2004)

A bad review by Aubin. I still have alot of questions:
Are any songs remastered?
Do the tracks flow into one another? (like punk in drublic's first 3 tracks)
How is the new song and what style is it? (eg: Ska/hardcore/joke song etc...)

Also, about the song "Perfect government" while it is an amazing song worthy of this comp., it is not "written by us" (NOFX). I believe it's a cover of an old reggae song.

Nothing here tells me if it's worthy of purchasing vs. collecting NOFX's discography.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Negative, I'm 17. I don't hate NOFX, but they're so incredibly overrated.

CrankWillDestroy (November 9, 2004)

'What the hell is the appeal in this band? I just don't see it.

That's because you're 12.'

yep, i think most of the people that 'hate' nofx were born in or after 1988..

maxmurder (November 9, 2004)

nofx only signed one-record contracts with epitaph. dummy.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

What the hell is the appeal in this band? I just don't see it.

That's because you're 12.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"so wait, why was this released by epitaph, and not fat wreck?"

Like most bands, NOFX used their last album owed in their contract with Epitaph as a cheap cop-out greatest hits album.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Meh, I never liked NoFX. Epitaph had a great year (Hot Water Music, Tiger Army, Black Keys, Tom Waits, Pulley), but I don't see them releasing anything interesting or even remotely good coming in the next few months.

-Chinatown

Chinatown your still a poser and a dork to top it off. God you suck!

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

What the hell is the appeal in this band? I just don't see it.

Crookedsuperhero (November 9, 2004)

As for the new song: it's good. Ah, what the hell...if the booklet is fun, I might as well buy this.

But is it Mest good?

sweetsugarpezz (November 9, 2004)

so wait, why was this released by epitaph, and not fat wreck?

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

ugh give me a break

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I can't believe they didn't include "The Brews" on this. Even though that song is overplayed all to hell, it's a NOFX staple.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"am i the only one that thinks heavy petting zoo is their best album?"

no

TheMarc (November 9, 2004)

As for the new song: it's good. Ah, what the hell...if the booklet is fun, I might as well buy this.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

I'm a little disappointed with some of the songs they left off, but it's still a worthy purchase. I'll buy it today

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

am i the only one that thinks heavy petting zoo is their best album?

CrankWillDestroy (November 9, 2004)

No 'Dig' or 'Clams have feelings too' on this? Boo...

beaarthur (November 9, 2004)

They couldn't have included "Perfect Government" since it wasn't written by Nofx.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Meh, I never liked NoFX. Epitaph had a great year (Hot Water Music, Tiger Army, Black Keys, Tom Waits, Pulley), but I don't see them releasing anything interesting or even remotely good coming in the next few months.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"That's all fine and dandy, but what about the songs that ARE on the album?"

don't take this the wrong way, but if you read this site at all, you should know at least a few NOFX songs. the ones on the cd you don't know sound a lot like the ones you do know.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

That's all fine and dandy, but what about the songs that ARE on the album?

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

How's the new song?

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

who?

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