No Use for a Name - Live in a Dive (Cover Artwork)

No Use for a Name

Live in a Dive (2001)

Fat Wreck Chords

There are usually three types of live albums. One is what I call the "NOFX-type" album. You listen to it, and sure they're good musicians and they played well, but you can really enjoy their performance too. In NOFX's case, you can laugh at their hilarious on-stage antics. The other type of live performance is what I call the "Face to Face type". That is a live album where you're listening to the band, and they're just incredible. They sound great, and you can really enjoy the album and listen to it constantly. The final, and third type of live album is what I call the "Bad Religion type". Now, as much as I love Bad Religion, their live album was complete and utter crap. When you listen to it, you get the feeling that you're not really listening to a show, but to a bunch of live tracks put together with no actually talking from the band or anything. Sure, they might sound good, but it's just boring.

So how does No Use for a Name's "Live in a Dive" stand? I'd say somewhere between the NOFX-type and Face to Face-type, although strongly more towards Face to Face. The tracks were recorded over two dates in Hollywood, and mixed together to form one live album. I've always heard No Use was a boring band live, and I finally saw them with Pulley. I have to say, they weren't boring at all. They're great musicians. They're great performers. That's why this album is definately one of the better live punk albums.

The tracklist is very nice - it contains a lot of their most popular songs, but it also includes a few of their older tracks - which is a nice tribute to the older No Use fans. Here's the list of songs:

1. Intro (By Hico)
2. Invincible
3. Coming Too Close
4. Chasing Rainbows
5. On The Outside
6. Straight From The Jacket
7. Soulmate
8. Not Your Savior
9. Don't Miss The Train
10. Justified Black Eye
11. Gene And Paul, I Hate You Most
12. Sara Fisher
13. Room 19
14. The Answer Is Still No
15. Martian
16. Hail To The King
17. Feeding The Fire
18. Exit
19. 6 Degrees From Misty
20. Redemption Song

This album is to be released this September in a store near you. If you're a fan of live music, or this band, it comes higly recommended.