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NOFX: Liberal AnimationLiberal Animation (1988)
Epitaph Records

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This was the first NOFX CD I bought. If I hadn't bought the Punk-O-Rama comp a week later, I might never have bought another NOFX CD again. Not that it sucks, it was just pretty fucking bad at first, and really hard for someone who's just getting into punk to listen to. But, after I listened to .
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This was the first NOFX CD I bought. If I hadn't bought the Punk-O-Rama comp a week later, I might never have bought another NOFX CD again.

Not that it sucks, it was just pretty fucking bad at first, and really hard for someone who's just getting into punk to listen to. But, after I listened to all the essentials (White Trash..., Punk in Drublic, The Decline, ...Valuum, etc.) I went back and listened to this and loved it.

There is a huge difference between this and modern NOFX albums. It's not melodic; just fucking fast, hardcore punk with some metal riffs thrown in. Mike couldn't sing for shit and this is hilariously evident in "Truck Stop Blues." The lyrics, for the most part, are laughably simplistic, and the subject matter is fucked when you compare it to modern NOFX. They speak out against peace punks in "Piece" and veganism in "Vegetarian Mumbo Jumbo" and "Shut Up Already," the latter of which features the simple yet true line:

If a big animal had the chance
It wouldn't take another glance
It would eat you up.
But even with all the differences there are obvious similarities that reminds us this is, after all, NOFX. First of all, the album title, like the majority of NOFX album titles, is a pun. And, like every NOFX CD, there is one song dedicated to getting a laugh. This comes in the form of "A200 Club," where Mike delightfully sings "I got crabs;" fucking hilarious shit. There is a drug/alchohol song with "Beer Bong". There are 'political' songs like "Freedumb" and "You Put Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter," which I suspect is about cops and has the line, "There's no justice / there's just us / so trust us." And of course, no NOFX CD would be complete without puns. This is no exception, and the best pun is in "Mr. Jones" (about heroin):
I can't seem to live without you
Without you, what's the point?
The album is very interesting to listen to and see how they've evolved as a band. It's not something that will stick with you after you've listened to it, and it's not a great hardcore CD by any means, but it will capture your attention for the time it is on.

 

 
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ZAchAtTacK13420 (February 24, 2007)

It's interesting listening to NOFX back when they were staunchly anti-everything and strayed away from politics. I love this era of NOFX the best, because of their brand of hardly unique trashy hardcore. It shows no remorse and it's not for the faint of heart or anyone who grew up on the watered down NOFX from '92 onwards. I wish NOFX would make another album like this again...I think they've raped enough money from the system to let us know they "really feel".

Cannsaw (October 23, 2006)

Pretty bad.

bloofy (September 24, 2006)

This album is so fucking gnarly, but in an awesome way. A seriously good hardcore record.

randomhero323 (February 4, 2006)

the worst nofx cd ever made.

FuckYouOiOiOi (December 4, 2005)

your mother is a whore.

Anonymous (December 1, 2005)

My mother is more punk than this.

fallingupwards84 (December 1, 2005)

"Its like if you signed up for a descendents 7 inch club and every song was a throwaway song about food or farting."

honestly, i enjoy those songs the best. they're hilarious.
not everyone wants to hear songs with serious subjects all the time.

and also - if you're bitchin about the price of the 7 inch of the month club, you're a fucking moron. do you not realize that a significant portion of the money you paid goes to shipping? they have to ship one of those out every month... and it adds up.

anyway.. i think the songs are quality NOFX. i'm very glad i signed up and i've enjoyed every 7" so far.

Godfather (December 1, 2005)

On the cover of The Decline there is a boy flying a plane. This boy appears to be the same boy who is playing with a toy plane in the movie Pink Floyd: The Wall. Ironically, the boy and his toy plane first appear nearly 18 minutes into the movie, which also is almost the exact running time of The Decline. Play The Decline to the first 18 minutes of The Wall and you'll see what happens! I asked NOFX about this on their official website in the Q&A section, but I don't expect them to answer it (you know how those guys are). I figured instead of using lyrical puns (as they do on most albums), this time they decided to do a visual pun (which apparently makes fun of the pink floyd/wizard of oz connection).

Anyone know if this is true?

goddamn, i haven't watched the wall in 10 years....but that's awesome....i'd try to synch it up right now but i dont own the movie

Anonymous (December 1, 2005)

"Ironically, the boy and his toy plane first appear nearly 18 minutes into the movie, which also is almost the exact running time of The Decline. "

Neither irony nor a visual pun, if such a thing exists.

$72 is alot of money for people who cant afford ipods and dedicate a whole days pay to a 7 inch club.

But 5 year olds have cell phones so....

wyzo

FuckYouOiOiOi (December 1, 2005)

On the cover of The Decline there is a boy flying a plane. This boy appears to be the same boy who is playing with a toy plane in the movie Pink Floyd: The Wall. Ironically, the boy and his toy plane first appear nearly 18 minutes into the movie, which also is almost the exact running time of The Decline. Play The Decline to the first 18 minutes of The Wall and you'll see what happens! I asked NOFX about this on their official website in the Q&A section, but I don't expect them to answer it (you know how those guys are). I figured instead of using lyrical puns (as they do on most albums), this time they decided to do a visual pun (which apparently makes fun of the pink floyd/wizard of oz connection).

Anyone know if this is true?

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

Hi Everyone this is Lindsey Nagle, Spokeswoman of the New Wrap Supersuper-Star MC Skinhead Rob Aston. I'm reporting from beautiful downtown Fresno, the festering sore of sunny California and home of New white Wrapper Kevin "Daddy K-Fed" Federline.

MC Skinhead Rob had this to say about the re-issue of the NOFX Liberal Animation, "Yo! I sold Drugs! I sell drugs! Don't you hear me! Drugs! Drugs!"

We caught up with Parris Mitchell Mayhew of New York Hardcore legends Cro-Mags, he had this to say, "You're not going to hurt me,right? Dude I'd rather take another beating from Harley Flanagan or John Joseph than to hear another album where they slowed down the vocal track to make the white guy sound black. But what does that have to with NOFX? Oh shit, there's Harley, gotta run!"

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

Fat Mike is a vegetarian.

Doesnt mean he still isnt an asshole piece of shit

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 30, 2005)

$72 is not a lot of money for a fan to spend to hear rare material by their favorite band. You can make $72 in one day. And I really don't understand what everyone is complaining about, those songs are good and most of them aren't joke songs, they're about real things. "I am Going to Hell...", "No Fun in Fundementalism", "Fungus/I am a huge fan of Bad Religion", "Leaving Jesusland" are all really good songs and "You're Wrong" and "Benny Got Blowed Up" are amazing.

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

all the 7 inches are online in some form if you just look for them.

$6 a 7 inch is insane. I dont know if many of the people who signed up actually had record collections before, but for that price I would have expected more.

The quality of the 7 inch songs are on average basically joke songs. It sounds like Mike is just putting random observations from the day he realized it was the new month on tape then recording the first harmony they can think of. I have no problem with liking a NOFX song, but these songs are all pretty bland, undeveloped, and well, tired.

Its like if you signed up for a descendents 7 inch club and every song was a throwaway song about food or farting. Great a few times an album, once every month for a year, not so much.

Puns and having a lock on a production sound can only go so far. Mike could sing the phonebook with a simple 3 note harmony, as long as it had that production value and was put forward like we're all just having fun not taking each other seriously, it sounds like everyone would swallow it and they'd get paid for it.

Which is great for them, more to em, but is that really what you want to uphold as some type of suggested music?

wyzo

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

Wow, hey umm...so I guess that whole punkvoter thing worked huh? Who is the fucking dumbass now? You listened to some dude just because he can hold an instrument and sing retarded into a mic!

captaincrackhead (November 30, 2005)

"PS - If you still listen to NOFX and you are over the age of 15, consider yourself to be immature and undeveloped mentally."

However, if you're 35 and still playing punk what does that say for you?
And thank god that those "immature and undeveloped" bastards didn't get involved in punkvoter.com or the election, you dumbass.

BrandonSideleau (November 30, 2005)

I don't really like the band and I've never heard the album. But there's nothing wrong with changing your views to something you think is better. I only hope that most people are willing to change for the better....if not, then why should we hope for a better world at all???

AlmostPunkEnough (November 30, 2005)

PS - If you still listen to NOFX and you are over the age of 15, consider yourself to be immature and undeveloped mentally.

yup, pretty much exactly why i like them, though i'm just immature, not all that underdeveloped. and there's plenty of people not in those categories that like them too. not to mention that's one of the stupidest things i've ever seen written here.

remember guys, after you turn 16 you're no longer punk and cannot listen to many bands. PUNX IS FOR TEH YOUTHZ!

where's BSD to cry ageism?

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 29, 2005)

Go listen to Mars Volta bitch.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

Changing your ideals to the times, thats punk rock! Fat mike is a horrible musician, if you could call him that. Legions of 15 year old brats with pimples will continue to buy NOFX albums. Is there any justice in the world?

PS - If you still listen to NOFX and you are over the age of 15, consider yourself to be immature and undeveloped mentally.

fallingupwards84 (November 29, 2005)

"Fat Mike's always been a fucking hypocrite. The whole anti-vegan/vegetarian thing, then becoming a vegetarian himself."

That just shows that he's not stubborn and he's willing to change his views if he feels one position is better than the other. Nothing wrong with that.

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 29, 2005)

NOFX owns Fat Wreck Chords and they release their records on Fat Wreck Chords (the only reason they released on Epitaph was because of a contractual obligation since before Fat even existed). That is the very definition of DIY- Do it Yourself. And as far as the whole vegan thing goes, people change as they get older.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

The anti-vegan/vegitarian thing was like 15 years ago he's obviously changed his mind since then. And in that song he was saying that in the character of Tim Yohannan. didn't mean he felt that way. either way this is a good album that i like to listen to every once in a while.

crackpotdemagogue (November 29, 2005)

Fat Mike's always been a fucking hypocrite. The whole anti-vegan/vegetarian thing, then becoming a vegetarian himself. Writing lyrics like "put records out DIY" despite being a profit making indie label owner himself. What a dick, but at the same time, you gotta love him.

fallingupwards84 (November 28, 2005)

i liked this review. you have my approval!

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 28, 2005)

I do like it but I'm a huge NOFX fan. If I gave it 4 stars everyone would be bitching and I know that the album, overall, doesn't deserve 4 stars. But I do enjoy listening to it from time to time and I saw that it didn't have a review. So, I reviewed it.

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

Punk is no talent.

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

Why the fuck would you take the time to write a review of a 15 year old album that you didnt really like? What a fucking douche bag.

Secondly, this album is decent. Not anywhere near The Decline or White Trash.., but Beer Bong is a sweet song.

Third, the songs are supposed to be simple, clever, fast punk rock. What exactly are you fuckers looking for who use that as a criticism???

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

I heard they suck live.

hahahahahahahaha

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

These fat asses suck at music.

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

"Getting High On The Down Low" is on the Rock Against Floyd compilation, but I got that by ordering shit from FAT

miff (November 28, 2005)

hehe my teacher thougt that gonads are your brain

fallingupwards84 (November 28, 2005)

"Dude, the day I spend $6 on ANY modern, easy to find 7" is the day I sell my fucking gonads to science."

its not that easy to find. you cant sign up for the 7" club anymore, and they've been selling on ebay for a high price.

and only 3 of the 24 total songs will be on the next cd. the rest of them are limited to vinyl.

housewrecker (November 28, 2005)

I loved the growth of NOFX in the old albums from MRR to this to S&M airlines they grow by leaps and bounds. I think they peaked at Ribbed - that will always be my favorite NOFX album. Keep in mind that a lot of shit they were doing back then was pretty original - this speedy poppy fusion of punk and metal licks - which became staple for all of 90s fat wreck punk.

To the guy below talking about Descendents Mississippi Nights video, that's a classic show. Especially because the spell Descendents wrong (with an A). Around that time Bill was doing both Black Flag and Descendents so it's reasonable that Milo and Rollins might have some similar influences too.

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 28, 2005)

Everyone calling NOFX talentless are fucking retarded. Listen to those guitar solos and riffs that hefe and melvin play. listen to the ultra-fast drum beats in Pump Up the Valuum. Listen to the witty lyrics (Bleeding Heart Disease comes to mind). Listen to the perfectly constructed 18-minute masterpiece The Decline. Anyone who calls them talentless have obviously never played an instrument or attempted to write a song in their lives.

rkl (November 28, 2005)

heh.
this is my favorite nofx album, by far. so witty & biting. the only one that ive listened to on a regular basis over the past few years.

god i hate the people on this board.

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 28, 2005)

"Whats the POINT?" Point as in the point of a needle used to shoot heroin.

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

"the best pun is in "Mr. Jones" (about heroin):

I can't seem to live without you
Without you, what's the point?"

How is this in any way a pun?

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 28, 2005)

Please upload me the last three 7 inches. I don't have a record player (I've bought every NOFX full-length(except maximum rock n roll). bullsrul924@gmail.com

pasha (November 28, 2005)

White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean is still their best cd and a punk-rock masterpiece.

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

"Paying 6 bucks for 2 new songs on a limited colored vinyl from such a great band every month for a year is awesome."

Dude, the day I spend $6 on ANY modern, easy to find 7" is the day I sell my fucking gonads to science. I can see shelling that kind of cash out for the fucking "Downsided" 7" on clear, but really...nofx? Its gonna be on a CD in year anyway!

-Ken

fallingupwards84 (November 27, 2005)

"I still haven't gotten my 7" for November. Did anyone else?"

The last one I got had "I, Melvin" on it. Not sure if that was supposed to be November's or not.

electricp (November 27, 2005)

.talentless hacks playing really simple punk songs

whats not punk about this description. i guess maybe the hack part but...eh

- ElectricPettingzoo

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

Agreed...talentless hacks playing really simple punk songs and somehow were on the forefront of punks voting in 04.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

Worst "punk" band of the last 20 years. How can anyone get into this type of stuff?

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

This is a great album, it's so bad that it's great. Then again it's not bad. just great. The songs show a lot of potential, and a lot of talent musically it is a great steppingstone album from Maximum rock and roll to their newer stuff. And all you who don't wanna buy the 7 inches, fuck you. fuck you. Paying 6 bucks for 2 new songs on a limited colored vinyl from such a great band every month for a year is awesome. I got it, it's bitchen so if you want it...fuck off. 4 of the bast songs are gonna be on the record anyway. also some aren't that great, so if you're not even hard-core enough of a fan to buy it, you're not hard-core enough of a fan to like it.
Josh E

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

this album sucks. anyway, i can upload some of the 7"s to you. set up a gmail account so i can send them there and write your email address. in this review. just make your post stick out.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

does anyone know where i can get the 7 inch songs without paying an exorbitant amount of money to NOFX?

i've tried soulseek and bittorrent but i can only get like 4 songs doing it those ways.

TheOneTrueBill (November 27, 2005)

I still haven't gotten my 7" for November. Did anyone else?

SalsaShark (November 27, 2005)

I've always wanted to get into NOFX, but it just never works. They're stopping by Cleveland in February, but I was considering going just to see The Lawrence Arms and The Loved Ones. NOFX sadly feels sort of generic after a while. There's some really good songs scattered here and there (my favorite used to be "All Outta Angst"), but overall they're sorta meh.

thirtyseconds (November 27, 2005)

Sheeeet... that Humanure cow will need nothing less than Charmin on that ass.

As for people really believing that, the "if we don't kill them they will overrun all the humans" line is always good for a laugh.

fallingupwards84 (November 27, 2005)

"the new 7 inch of the month club has only proved that no one is even bothering to listen to the songs anymore."

how so? i think the new songs are great

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

mike's a vegetarian now, and this album is horrible.

the new 7 inch of the month club has only proved that no one is even bothering to listen to the songs anymore. The NOFX sound is nothing more than a production value now.

Careerists who occasionally turn out a good band on their label. I do like the I, Melvin song. Maybe because I feel his pain. Melvin Contra Wagner.

wyzo

feeeding5000 (November 27, 2005)

Terrible album. The first NOFX album I bought. I like their other stuff better, and I don't even like that now. Still, the distorted solos were pretty cool. Score is for the dirty story. HOT!

sallyjesse (November 27, 2005)

CD's album cover is sweet.
this one is too.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

Haha I remember when I first heard of Cattle Decaptitation, I didn't know anything about them besides that fucked-up album cover.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (November 27, 2005)

"You obviously haven't seen the cover art for the new Cattle Decapitation album, Humanure.

-Scott"

That is so fucking awesome.

maverick (November 27, 2005)

"Does anyone really believe a cow would eat a human being?"

You obviously haven't seen the cover art for the new Cattle Decapitation album, Humanure.

-Scott

fallingupwards84 (November 27, 2005)

"the new record is 18 songs in 30 minutes, it should be like this one"

it will probably be fast, but it wont be anything like this album

fox82 (November 27, 2005)

I think this was pretty sweet, i heard the new record is 18 songs in 30 minutes, it should be like this one.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

Funniest part of the review was definitely citing the lyrics and commentary like "the simple yet true line."

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

i'd say that ribbed is the essential nofx album

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

Learn to write.... this is rubbish

hobbitcore (November 27, 2005)

There were about 25 more fucks, a cock-ass, and a shiteater.

sounds like it was for the better
it's called "editing" not "censoring"

aubin (November 27, 2005)

A pretty disappointing release, I have to concur with the reviewer that if this was my first NOFX release, I'd probably have been turned off the band for good. Luckily almost everything since then has been great.

discofucker (November 27, 2005)

Sounds like the reviewer is a 15 year old.

fallingupwards84 (November 27, 2005)

yea this album's not that great...

but the cover art is hilariously funny

Godfather (November 27, 2005)

buy punk in drublic and the decline before you buy this

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

I wouldn't consider Valium one of their 'essentials'. Ribbed is though.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

Off topic....but I got something funny to share........I was just watching an old Descendents bootleg video called "Live @ Mississippi Nights 1987" and it's really cool.....but it's funny because at the time Milo was trying to copy Henry Rollins Flag stage presence, right down to the long hair and the wierd movements....which look cool when Hank does them....but look kind of funny here. You guys should check it out.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (November 27, 2005)

Does anyone really believe a cow would eat a human being?

kirbypuckett (November 27, 2005)

First time I ever heard NOFX was because of this record and I just did not understand why people liked the band.

- Kirby

thirtyseconds (November 27, 2005)

I wish NOFX would record Guttermouth is a really good band and stick it on one of the 7 inches as a third track

Dante3000 (November 27, 2005)

Very much a bad NOFX album.
And I love NOFX, but this album was only so so.
Nothing compared to the glory of *insert Ironic Album title here*.
-Dante

AlmostPunkEnough (November 27, 2005)

a cock-ass, and a shiteater.

BSD and Tate were involved?? OHHHHHHH!!!! BURN!!1111

sorry. anyway, that sucks, at least they put it up though. if i ever see my Delegates review i'll be amazed... though it's not very good.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 27, 2005)

Maybe I'm retarded but what's the pun with "Liberal Animation"?

as opposed to Animal Liberation. i think it's called a spoonerism when you switch the first letter of each word.

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 27, 2005)

There were about 25 more fucks, a cock-ass, and a shiteater.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 27, 2005)

i don;t wanna piss off the man... but how did they censor it?

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 27, 2005)

That was me, by the way. They REALLY fucking censored this review.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

They really fucking censored this review.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

Ya know what? I never really liked NOFX.......so sue me.....Mike's voice is just irritating.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

oi

clamum (November 27, 2005)

Maybe I'm retarded but what's the pun with "Liberal Animation"?

MrStabone (November 27, 2005)

3 stars! are you nuts?

this album is garbage. i sold my copy years ago.

the crazy thing is that it was actuallly released by a real label. and it certainly shows all us folks in bands that you don't have to be pumping out good shit from the start. that's what i really love about NOFX. they put it all out there. you can hear how bad they really blew and how much better they got.

i was just listening to S&M airlines on an old tape yesterday and thinking "man some of this really sucks, but it's still so much better than liberal animation"

great album name by the way though....

kamatacci (November 27, 2005)

This is the only NoFX album I don't own.

Heavy Petting Zoo is my favorite.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 27, 2005)

the second NOFX album i ever heard, i'm somewhat partial to it. this shit really brings me back, though i rarely actually break it out.

thirtyseconds (November 27, 2005)

I used to think the intro to Mr. Jones was the best of all time

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

nofx started sucking when they became vegetarians

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