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No Fun At All

No Fun At All: Big KnockoverBig Knockover (1997)
Theologian

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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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One word comes to mind every time I listen to No Fun At All, "melodic". Any I don't mean Yanni-John Tesh-Kenny G-James Taylor-melodic-crap-o-rama. Well, maybe not James Taylor, but that's another discussion. Sadly, No Fun At All were lost in the shuffle of the whole mid/late 90's Swede/Euro punk .
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One word comes to mind every time I listen to No Fun At All, "melodic". Any I don't mean Yanni-John Tesh-Kenny G-James Taylor-melodic-crap-o-rama. Well, maybe not James Taylor, but that's another discussion. Sadly, No Fun At All were lost in the shuffle of the whole mid/late 90's Swede/Euro punk invasion. Mainly due to the overwhelming success of Millencolin. But No Fun At All surpass their fellow countrymen on so many levels. On their first 3 full-lengths, 'Vision', 'No Straight Angles' and 'Out of Bounds', their sound was rough, and confused. The albums held several incredible songs, but overall the sound and vocal styling didn't quite match.

When 'Big Knockover' was released, many were unsure of what sound would come forth. It had been over 3 years since their last album, and several changes had taken place in the line-up. However, 'Big Knockover' came to me as the best release of the year, and of the group's career.

The album kicks in with "Catch Me Running Around", which displays more of NFAA's older, harder styling, mixed with a much more crisp and melodic harmony. "Suicide Machine", spotlights amazing hooks, tempo-changes and most notably, lyrics, that contribute to the impressive sound of this album. Other tracks worth giving a shout-out to include "When the Time Comes", The Other Side", "Your Feeble Mind" (which many may remember from the soundtrack to 'The Show') and "Break My Back". Without question, 'Big Knockover' demonstrates incredible key qualities of not just a punk record, but any record. Perfect harmonies, riffs, breaks and break-neck paces, slowed at the drop of a note, unquestionably create one helluva album.

You may not like pop-punk, or Swede-punk, or whatever you like to call it. But these guys rock. I'd highly recommend this album to anyone.

 

 
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Marchelo (March 2, 2012)

Sure one of the greatest albums from the 90's, and yet overall, I think. By far their best album and one of the few simple-fast-skatepunk albums I keep enjoying one time and another. Excellent.

chadillac (February 12, 2010)

This album is on my list of the 10 best punk rock records of the 90's. It's a classic. It really sucks that they could never quite emerge from the shadow of Millencollin in the states. If you're a fan of Bad Religion, Pennywise, Old-Offspring, Lagwagon, or NOFX, then you'll love NFAA. The Big Knockover is definately their Magnum Opus, although I love all of their records.

pelleplutt (August 17, 2004)

"Should have known" must be one of the best songs ever written..

Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

Definetely their best album. Damn good sound they use, powerful!
This is punkrock!

Anonymous (November 29, 2002)

The lyrics for this band suck, big time.

Anonymous (October 27, 2001)

one of the best swedish punkbands ever along with millencolin and others. The Big Knockover delivers the goods. Check out the rest of No Fun At All`s albums, you won`t be disappointed. Real sad they broke up though.

Anonymous (October 26, 2001)

This album rips more ass than an episode of OZ !

Anonymous (October 26, 2001)

no fun at all are bonza so they get 5 stars. This album is a little blandish,
out of bounds is like the best thing ever but. -faceecaf

coldjuly (October 25, 2001)

Good review...I was thinking about reviewing this but oh well maybe I'll review No Straight angles instead.

Anonymous (October 25, 2001)

i didn't like this album.- fathead

sickboi (October 25, 2001)

Well, they were up to this album. The last album, State of Flow, was on Burning Heart. They've broken up since.

Anonymous (October 25, 2001)

These guys were/are on Theologian records so if you have heard any of those bands that is what they sound like. Think of a happy 98 Mute or something along those lines. They have that "So-cal" punk sound, not like Blink 182 or shit like that, but more like Pennywise, 98 Mute, Deviates, or Black Flag, just not as mean as those bands. Good stuff none the less!!!

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