No Use For a Name - Hard Rock Bottom (Cover Artwork)

No Use For a Name

No Use For a Name: Hard Rock BottomHard Rock Bottom (2002)
Fat Wreck Chords

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: wyzowyzo
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Finally, and where I least expected it to come from. From the onslaught of records being released this year by established bands and largely in the melodic punk field, there is alot coming out (Strung out, Whippersnapper, No use for a name, Face to face, Lagwagon just concerning the staple bands of .
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Finally, and where I least expected it to come from. From the onslaught of records being released this year by established bands and largely in the melodic punk field, there is alot coming out (Strung out, Whippersnapper, No use for a name, Face to face, Lagwagon just concerning the staple bands of fat records and melodic punk). That doesn't even take into account the records in the fall and outside melodic punk (get up kids, alkaline trio, ALL/DESCENDENTS, Jets to brazil, everyone is releasing something this year).

Through the haze of records, I was optimistic to be letdown by face to face, and strung out. But finally. Hard rock bottom is the first new record by the Fat roster to actually surpass the record that came out before it. It takes the good parts of More betterness and loses the fat. It should have been called more aptly "Most bestest". I was not expecting it to be any good, and was expecting to be let down.

It starts with a quick and brooding slow tune "Feels like Home", before it starts with the ROCK. "International you day" moves in with the high hat beat, and kicks into gear with the line "I'm sorry it took so long to write this song but I gave up" before the head starts bobbing and you realize NUFAN has not let you down, they have not missed your birthday for the 5th time because they're "working late" with that young secretary who doesnt know the duties of a full workload and 3 kids who want to know why their daddy has lipstick stains. No, NUFAN bought you a pony, killed it, cooked it, and fed it to your new pony they bought the next day because now you have a cannibal pony. YEAH!

"Let me down" which was on the last fat comp. sounds much much better. The production sounds reminiscent of "More betterness" but the drums sound beefier, and the vocals are PERFECT. The song "This is a rebel song" which I believe is a cover, has one of the Dance hall Crasher singers singing alone trading vocals with tony. A friend of mine who loves DHC couldn't recognize her voice by itself, and it sounds amazing.

If you doubt, give a listen to "Solitaire"and tell me they haven't put out the best album since Leche con carne. "Insecurity Alert" appeared to me to have been inspired by the 9/11 attacks. Slowly waltzing in with audio bits and a slowly stalking bass line into the hitting muted guitar verse. I have never heard the use of sirens sweeping into a song to such an effect toward the songs end, it'll push all the buttons and emotionally get the blood flowing both to the heart and the mind.

Happily suprised, Can't wait to get it on vinyl. Buy it, buy it, buy it. Best Fat wreck release this year, hands down. I dont care if FAT puts out Me first and the gimme gimmes, nothing will top this. Consistent, not one bad song, utterly listenable all thr way through. If you're a NUFAN fan, be ready. If you're not, you will be.


People who liked this also liked:
NOFX - The DeclineThe Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldNOFX - Punk In DrublicNo Use For A Name - Making FriendsRise Against - Revolutions Per MinuteAgainst Me! - As The Eternal CowboyBad Religion - SufferThe Lawrence Arms - Apathy and ExhaustionStrung Out - Twisted by DesignThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!

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DestroyaDoll (May 19, 2012)

Amazing band, especially live...and this album brings me back to the first time I saw them(10th grade/2002).

wyzo (March 17, 2011)

I over rated this album and the review is not one of my best, a bit too manic, too sugar high gushing, sound bytie.

Not a bad record, but not a 10. probably a 6, light 7 today.

MikeStupid (February 28, 2007)

No, it was Flanders' chili.

Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

Great CD, but it's too poppy compared to their prior CDs. Hopefully the new CD will be better, but overall, a great CD

Anonymous (April 17, 2005)

alrighty, this is the first album i got from nufan, and i loved it instantly. Except for some reason, i dont like this is a rebel song, everything else is very well done. Than i bought more betterness, which in my opinion was possibly better than hard rock bottom, than i got making friends which was good, and than leche con carne. In comparison to the other 3 cds i have, i feel that hard rock bottom is indeed much different than the older style. I feel they got smarter and more mature. Tony's voice has gotten much better from leche all the way to hard rock bottom and they are now 1 of my all time favorite bands.

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

It just seems every damn CD from NUFAN rocks some socks.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

nice melodi record.

Anonymous (September 25, 2003)

GARB, there's like two good songs on the whole fuckin cd..

Anonymous (February 22, 2003)

Opps the strung out comment wasn't by the original reviewer - sorry!

Anonymous (February 22, 2003)

For me this album is ok, nothing more. Sure it has nice melodies, but I think it lacks depth and is basically just a repeat of their previous album. Much preferred their earlier stuff like "making friends" and "daily grind".

"let me down" has just been stripped down from the fat comp version, and is not the better for it. I find your comment about Strung Out strange. AAP a rehash and HRB original? I think you need to switch that round.

NUFAN are great live though.

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

It was Chief effin Wiggum's Chili.

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

Oh god. I thought "More Betterness" was a bit more pop than my usual taste ("Making Friends" is better), but I still enjoyed it.

This album, on the other hand, is painful. The "feels like the album is repeatedly fucking your ear canal" type of painful.

It is also kind of makes me vaugely embarassed for the band. I mean, what the hell happened?

Anonymous (December 6, 2002)

No, it was definitely Wiggum's. The cops and him got together and got a chili from Costa Rica which they had to take out with gloves and a welding mask.

Anonymous (August 28, 2002)

no it was Flanders Chili....

Anonymous (July 7, 2002)

This CD reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer has visions after eating the insanity peppers. Remember when he ate Flander's "5 Alarm Chili"? "One, Two, and a Half..."

It was Chief Wiggums chili.

Anonymous (June 22, 2002)

I walked into a Best Buy, not hoping for many punk albums , but was very suprised about all the FAT bands they had! I was going to get swingin' udders, or NOFX, but I decided on this one. Before I bought this, I had never heard a song by this band. I popped it into my stereo and was blown away. Somewhat poppy, but harder edged. I like it. I only bought it , becuase my friend Rocio told me that this band was really good. I took her word for it and I really like this band now. I dont agree that its the best FAT release this year. I give that title to the Lawrence fuckin' arms "Apathy And Exhaustion", but this one earns a close second. I was even moved to tears by "Let Me Down". This album suprised me, becuase I just didnt know what to expect.

Anonymous (May 30, 2002)

This CD reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer has visions after eating the insanity peppers. Remember when he ate Flander's "5 Alarm Chili"? "One, Two, and a Half..." This album is actually a step back for a band that USED to be entertaining. I find it absolutely hilarious that people still listen to these guys, considering its SOOOOO un punk rock to have anything to do with slowing your music down and stretching your musical abilities. While I gave them credit for trying something new with More Betterness...this is the follow that should have been called "More of the same", although Rory's galloping NOFX drumming on some songs totally doesn't not jive with the rest of the music.

The other thing I guess I don't really get is their continued use of Karina from DHC. "On the Outside" was a surprise...but now I'm so USED have her, or Cinder from Tilt appear on one of their records that its TOTALLY old.

To the reviewer...while I respect your opinion, I must say that while I agree with your Strung Out review, I very much disagree with your review of the new face to face album. Those guys kick the shit out NUFAN anyday of the week. I find it interesting that SO many people slag on f2f for their album "Ignorance is Bliss" when NUFAN totally followed suit by slowing their tempo down.

Anonymous (May 27, 2002)

To Anonymous,

If you don't like The Lawrence Arms, fine. You can't really call me a dumb fuck for liking them, I'm sure you listen to a lot of bands that would leave a bitter taste in my mouth, however I'm not going to criticize you for it. Get the stick out of your ass, man.

ommaddon (May 27, 2002)

Excellent ablum and a pleasant surprise. I deem it better than More Betterness. Faster and better hooks. To me, and to others I know that have heard it, Sly has crafted original sounding pop melodies--not rehash (cough...Strung Out...American Paradox...ahem). I think the new NUFAN is quite good.

Anonymous (May 27, 2002)

To Handsome Pete,

You are still a dumb fuck. Larry Arms is horrible.

Anonymous (May 22, 2002)

To Anonymous:

Ain't no thang. You make my business tingle. Can someone spare a smile?

Anonymous (May 22, 2002)

To Handsome Pete:

my fault, later that day I happend to see pictures from the BYO bowling tournament, I'd like to take this time to apologize for being a "dumb fuck". Later

Anonymous (May 22, 2002)

uh... good, but not 10 star good.

Anonymous (May 20, 2002)

To anonymous:
Larry = short for Lawrence. They also sometimes refer to themselves as The Larry Arms, for example the BYO Bowling Tournament, "dumb fuck".

Anonymous (May 20, 2002)

To Handsome Pete:

you mean Lawrence Arms?, you dumb fuck

Anonymous (May 19, 2002)

The title says it all. No Use has hit rock bottom......hard.

orkj (May 17, 2002)

oh man i was dissappointed when i heard this album. to all of you saying that this is great, and better than "more betterness" i want to say this: its not a punk album its a pop album, with maybe one or two punk songs on it. and its not better than more betterness because all the songs are not half as fast, although they was very much poppy on the last album. so just knowck it off. its an OK album, not more than 3 of 10 from me.

riotgurl (May 16, 2002)

I havent listened to it yet but I've heard mixed things. Im actually scared to buy it because More betterness wasnt really that good, then they came out with the live album and it was pretty good of coures all the same songs on it. NUFAN kicks ass live but no releases can compare to Making Friends, the Daily grind, and of course con carne. There styles changing big time and There stuffs just getting way to Melodic for me.

Anonymous (May 15, 2002)

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myboxersarepunkerthanu (May 14, 2002)

i liked the pony thing

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

Just for the record, "This is a Rebel Song" is a sinead O'connor cover. It's also the worst song on the album. Meh.

Geetarchick (May 14, 2002)

Yeah I dunno about that pony thing.. heh. But I hope that when I buy this cd *I* won't be disappointed. I hear its good from other people, but it doesn't compare to Leche. To me, Daily Grind WOULD have been their best except for the fact that it was incredibly short. So Leche is the best to me. But anyhoo, that pony thing was really like off on a tangent there..

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

the pony thing was really really weird. i remember i was just starting to get into No Use from listening to their songs off the Fat comps and when i saw that "more betterness" was coming out i bought it thinking i'd get some songs similar to "justified black eye" and "on the outside". i was wrong. its a terribly slow, poppy album in my opinion without a single good song. can't say i understand what all the fuss is about with that album or "hard rock bottom" if it sounds like this. but to each his/her own. i'll stick with Larry Arms, Rise Against, and Strung Out from the Fat roster though, thanks.

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

Ok...first off, the pony thing was a little weird, but i'll let that slide this time. From what i've heard from this record, it's great, very much like More Betterness!, which was/is one of my all time favorite records. NUFAN is one of the most technically profiecient bands out there and that is seen on pretty much all of their releases. Needless to say, i'm camping outside the record store monday the 20th to pick this one up. By the way, the Dance Hall Crasher singer in question is the beautiful, talented, Karina Denike, who appears on other Fat releases such as Me First's "Are A Drag" on "Phantom of the Opera," she did a song with Limp on Honest Don's, and appears not only on the studio version, but the Live In A Dive version of NUFAN's "On The Outside." But I digress. Good review, save the pony thing...

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

i think you forgot that d4 is releasing on fat...

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

I didn't get a pony. How come they gave you a pony? Is it because you have to have a pony first so they can kill it, then cook it, give you a new pony and feed the pony the old pony?
I want a pony.
My little pony, my little pony...
Do you miss your old pony? Ween does a great song about feeling bad for your pony.
If you don't want to keep your new pony, I'll take good care of your pony. I love ponies, and seeing NUFAN cook a pony would make me cry for all the ponies in the world.

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

this album is absolutely one of their best. Better than the last two anyways. (i always prefer the daily grind)
From start to finish, its great, you don't even have to skip a track like I seem to with some other releases.
Perfect melodies, and harmonies.
If you are a big fan of NUFAN, you are gonna shit your pants with delight when you pop this cd on. It HAS to be listened to the 1st time in order.

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

Not a bad album by any means. Not much different than More Betterness either. Have to say Strung Out's American Paradox by far surpasses this album. They created new and unique songs while at the same time trying to expand their horizons. I now have a difficult time believing that No Use is capable of doing the same. If you enjoyed More Betterness, and enjoy buying the same album twice, I whole heartedly endorse doing so.

Anonymous (May 14, 2002)

I don't know, it's good, but not great. Very melodic and soft- not hard like their really early stuff- it's much like the last record except with better songs in my opinion- great if melodic punk is your thing.

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