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NOFX: The Longest EPThe Longest EP (2010)
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Coupled with The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us) and 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records, NOFX's new compilation The Longest EP should form a trilogy of the band's most essential recordings. Full-lengths, rarities and, now, extended plays have been summarized for f.
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Coupled with The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us) and 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records, NOFX's new compilation The Longest EP should form a trilogy of the band's most essential recordings. Full-lengths, rarities and, now, extended plays have been summarized for future punk rockers. Instead, it's an interminable mess. At 30 tracks, The Longest EP certainly lives up to its name, but it dredges too many less-than-stellar tracks from the band's history.

Let's get this out of the way now. Without "The Decline," any EP comp for NOFX is going to be incomplete. Yeah, it would also make The Decline a redundant album, and it would suck up a lot of space on a disc, but the fact remains that NOFX's best EP is unrepresented, however unreasonable I may be in claiming as such.

Not to get all blasphemous, but The Longest Line EP, which opens this disc and is beloved by many a punk, isn't actually that good. It's slower and less intricate than NOFX's later work, and it's sloppier to boot. Yeah, it's a seminal release, but that doesn't make "Kill All the White Man" any better. As the tracklisting continues, more malaise sets in.

The liner notes endorse my viewpoint. Frontman Fat Mike openly admits that songs like "S&M Airlines" and "The Punk Song" suck in the CD booklet. Even catchy numbers like "Straight Outta Massachusetts" and "Jaw Knee Music" get ripped on, which begs the question, why would NOFX self-release this anyway?

Browsing through the reviews section, I can see that some of these EPs are beloved, but I can't stop thinking about how NOFX has taken the exact same ideas--the basslines, the guitar leads, the lyrics about getting all drugged up on drugs--and done them better on releases like Punk in Drublic and So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes. Oh, and The Decline. I like NOFX, but man have they put out a ton of shit.

 

 
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hbwlons (October 28, 2012)

Pop rock? Anyone unbiased with half a brain, and a knowledge of music can tell u nofx plays punk rock.

waffleIron (August 3, 2012)

I actually like NOFX, thats saying alot since I usually don't listen to pop rock. Much better than green day. I love seeing these guys live.

brookslikesmusics (June 19, 2012)

Retarded review is retarded... "boo hoo, this album has songs that was on other album already.... ANGER! MAD! LOUD PUNKY WHINEY FUCKING KILL!!!".... worthless

This is basically "The Longest Line" combined with all the unreleased tracks from after "45 or 46 songs...." along with their very first album stuck at the end.

It's a great CD for a NOFX fan to listen to from start to finish. There are tons of epic NOFX songs on here "Death of John Smith" "Kill All The White Man" "hardcore 84" "cokie the clown" "my orphan year (acoustic)" "punk song" "everything in moderation".... I could go on and on.

This is one of my NOFX purchases that I absolutely don't regret, even though this is merely a compilation... Comps are teh sex imo....

BorgieBaby (April 20, 2012)

really good comp but it was long as hell, worth the ten bucks i spent

JonnyHavoc (November 4, 2011)

Great album review Jelone. I especially like the last sentence in the review. They sure have!

If anyone is interested we have an album review for this album on our website if you wanted to check it out. http://www.bigsmilemagazine.com/album-review/1082/NOFX-â??The-Longe st-EPâ?ť

raveneffect (October 28, 2010)

They should make a comp with all the fat club songs, not shit thats already been out.

levi-dolphin (October 18, 2010)

I already had most of these songs. The Decline is the best EP, but if your looking for length then this one is for you and width the width is pretty good too. But they should try to MAKE ANOTHER DECLINE instead of putting out ANOTHER POINTLESS RELEASE.

fox82 (October 15, 2010)

I am disappointed that they haven't included 'The Fastest Longest Line', my 7" is a bit worn out. So much better than the original.

laserguidedbygod (October 14, 2010)

"you are absurd in criticizing the band for including certain tracks because you don't like them"

Totally, bro! He should have just given it five stars because it claimed to be an EP collection and it turned out to be just that! Reviewing isn't about trying to objectively state that this was a stupid idea because a bunch of mediocre or shitty material was included.

LeightonESmith (October 14, 2010)

They should have put the decline on but turned the volume down after about a minute just to piss everyone off.

I've been spinning their complete 7 inch of the month series - a couple of gems on that - it should get formal release next.

damnitsderek (October 14, 2010)

Artwork wins.

wyzo (October 13, 2010)

'Itâ??s slower and less intricate than NOFX's later work, and itâ??s sloppier to boot. '

what?

nofx got real 'intricate' later on.

that ep is great and I think nofx stopped being relevant a long time ago. All those songs are great. Hell of a lot better than the last 3 albums they put out. But when your a career band, who really cares what comes out the other side, I wouldn't if I were in a career band, seriously.

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StraightToHell82 (October 13, 2010)

Nice to have in the collection of albums, but only half is really good.

paulrulzdood (October 13, 2010)

review for this "ep" can be one sentence: "for completists only". the end. no other reason to have this other than that. If you're like me, you want to fill in the gaps in your NOFX discography for no other reason than filling the gaps and this single disc makes it easier than having the handful of 3 or 4 song pre-album sampler EPs they've been doing the past decade, plus the Longest Line EP and some awful old stuff.

this is far from their best work but what do you want, it's a collection of pre-album release sampler EPs, which were typically a song or two from the upcoming album that were actually good songs that made the album (and thus are not on here) and this includes the b-sides from that album session that they released in advance on the sampler EP.

Paul

sloanedaley (October 13, 2010)

I concur NOFX has released way more shit than they have good music. Suck on that one poor taste having fuckers!

trevormanzine (October 13, 2010)

Man is this review hamfisted. UH DURRRR... NO DECLINE?! !!>! DURRR. It's 18 minutes long. You want them to make a 3XLP? PS: download it or fucking buy it. I just ordered the LP two days ago.

I was going to make this an entire diatribe but fuck it, it's not worth it the only other thing I'm going to say is that you are absurd in criticizing the band for including certain tracks because you don't like them. This is retrospective of their eps you asshat. Which means it includes chunks of every ep. amirite?

literamaniac (October 13, 2010)

Maybe it's just me, but I love "Kill All the White Man"

hobbzoid (October 13, 2010)

jeezus. The Longest Line is fucking incredible. This was their high point. Between 1991 and 1994 NOFX was peaking. I am at a loss for more words than the sentences I just typed. Oh, allow me to add, BOOOOOOO.

jaimage (October 12, 2010)

"The Death of John Smith" is easily one of the tightest early NOFX songs. Sweet riffs, and great lyrics as well. I agree that NOFX has a lot of pretty bad songs, but easy on the "Longest Line" sacrilege, yo.

patod (October 12, 2010)

WON THIS IN THE MOTHERFUCKING PUNKNEWS CONTEST!!! AND A POSTER!!! it was alright.

pito (October 12, 2010)

Longest Line is great. Reviewer sucks.

pufferfish (October 12, 2010)

Terrible review!

kickaha (October 12, 2010)

I think this pretty much does what it set out to do - put all their EPs together on one disc (yeah, I know, minus The Decline). So like you said, this is a nice collection for "future punk rockers" (and also for those who didn't get all the EPs when they came out). I think the Decline is better suited to stand on its own, personally, so I'm cool with that.

The BIG QUESTION for me is: does this mean that FAT will eventually release the NOFX 7" of the month club on CD? I hope so.

mikexdude (October 12, 2010)

Fattony, I have most of these songs already.

I've been contemplating buying this for sometime now... how're the inserts?

fattony (October 12, 2010)

Putting The Decline on this wouldn't have made any sense because any NOFX fan (indeed, any self-respecting punk rocker) already owns it. That said, I'll probably pick this up used someday, but it seems like the kind of thing I'll only listen to once or twice, like 45 or 46 Songs.

Cos (October 12, 2010)

The Decline is still readily available on CD. Most of these EPs were vinyl only, no?

mrdogg45 (October 12, 2010)

1) Longest Line IS great.

2) The Decline SHOULD have been on there

3) Even if the point of the release was to put out every EP track, even the shitty ones, it doesn't make the songs any better. Shitty songs are shitty songs, regardless of intention.

4) Dude, the Decline is SO GOOD.

NothingToAdd (October 12, 2010)

Torgo - you can get Spaghetti Motel on the Fat Wreck Wrecktrospective if you want, it's a pretty cool comp too with lots of good demos and the whole Fat Club 7" series. The "Fattest Hits" disc isn't bad either, it reminds me a lot of a longer version of Survival of the Fattest.

NothingToAdd (October 12, 2010)

First of all, the Longest Line is grrrrreat.

It was a little tough to justify buying this because a ton of it is already out on CD, but it's cool to get to hear Perverted, and to get to put some of the vinyl-only stuff on my mp3 player. And that War on Errorism commercial is even more annoying the second time around.

TahoeJeff (October 12, 2010)

I don't agree with this review at all.

1. The Decline doesn't belong on this record.
2. How the hell can you say that The Longest Line is slow and not very good? The Death of John Smith, Remnants and Stranded are fucking great. The Longest Line is a great song too. Sure, Kill All the White Man might not stand up over the years, but over all that EP is fantastic.

skankbook (October 12, 2010)

I got it mainly to have it. I love the alternate version of "13 Stitches" but yeah, there's some filler on here, which is kind of the point. I don't love it, I don't hate it, I'm glad I bought it but it's not something I'll listen to a lot.

Torgo (October 12, 2010)

...still no Spaghetti Motel! Why are they so against putting that song on CD??

paulsilence (October 12, 2010)

Not sure how a trilogy that includes b-sides and many throwaway tracks can equal a band's most essential recordings. You'll have to clarify/defend that.

This disc isn't "crucial" or "necessary" for, well... anyone, but it has its moments. I agree that it's overly long, but I don't agree that The Decline belongs in it.

mikexdude (October 12, 2010)

I love you, Joe, but I don't support this review. I do wish The Decline was included, but you're complaining that a collection didn't filter the shitty tracks? I would have stuck to critiquing what wasn't included, rather than songs you think suck.

Also, here comes the Twitter war. chicka or whatever.

LinoleumMagazine (October 12, 2010)

This review is stupid. I poop on you!

nikko (October 12, 2010)

I thought The Longest Line was really good. The guitar riffs are crazy on all of the songs aside from Kill all the white man. Also Nofx always rips on themselves...thats really no suprise.

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