Music / NOFX
NOFX is a Punk Rock
band from Los Angeles
, California. They have 12 albums. Their members are as follows: Fat Mike (Michael Burkett) on bass and lead vocals, El Hefe (Aaron Abeyta) on lead guitar, Eric Melvin on rhythm guitar, and Erik Sandin on drums. Scott Sellers, Scott Aldahl, Dave Allen, Dave Casillas, and Steve Kidwiller were previous members in NOFX, however Fat Mike and Eric Melvin have both been there since they formed NOFX in 1983.Discography:
- Liberal Animation (1988)
- S&M Airlines (1989)
- Ribbed (1991)
- Maximum Rocknroll (compilation album of demos, 1992)
- White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean (1992)
- Punk in Drublic (1994)
- I Heard They Suck Live! (live album, 1995)
- Heavy Petting Zoo (1996)
- So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes (1997)
- Pump Up The Valuum (2000)
- 45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough To Go On Our Other Records (compilation album, 2002)
- The War On Errorism (2003)
- The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us!) (greatest hits album, 2004)
- Wolves in Wolves' Clothing (2006)
- They've Actually Gotten Worse Live! (live album, 2007)
- Coaster (2009)
- Self Entitled (2012)
Tropes that apply to this band:
- Accentuate the Negative: The liner notes for their greatest hits album, The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us) contain clippings of the most negative reviews the band has ever received, including one from a critic who claimed that a bite on his privates from a deer tick he'd recently gotten was pleasant compared to the album he was reviewing.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "Philthy Phil Philanthropist."
- Apathetic Citizens: "Franco Un-American" is from the perspective of who's been largely apathetic to the greater issues of the world like global warming, animal rights and corrupt governments, only to become shocked by the damage they've done and vow to no longer sit idly by and let such things happen.
- Bestiality Is Depraved/Contemptible Cover: The cover to Heavy Petting Zoo depicts a man cuddling in a...rather interesting way with a lamb. Then there's the cover of Eating Lamb, depicting him in a 69 position...make note that the album has no references to bestiality, nor animals or zoos in general, at all.
- Digital Piracy Is Okay/Digital Piracy Is Evil: Parodied in a hidden advertisement for The War On Errorism on their EP Regaining Unconsciousness, which ends with El Hefe encouraging the listener to go pick up the album at their nearest independent record store, followed by a very fast, half-whispered "Also available for free on the internet."
- Divided States of America: "Leaving Jesusland"
- Epic Rocking: "The Decline" runs for over a whopping 18 minutes.
- Eye Scream: The song "Stickin' in my Eye"
- Intentionally Awkward Title: "Don't Call Me White" and White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean
- Also, "Heavy Petting Zoo"
- Lead Bassist: Fat Mike is a Type B.
- Long Runner Lineup: Type 2, as the band's lineup has been the same since 1991.
- N-Word Privileges. Their White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean album. The album's name actually refers to the members of the band, with El Hefe being the "bean", the "two heebs" (heebs being short for Hebrews, as in Jewish people) being Fat Mike and Eric Melvin, and "white trash" being Erik Sandin. According to the CD notes, this was a retreat from the original working title of White Trash, Two Kikes, and a Spic which their parents objected to.
- Ironic Nickname: Fat Mike is not very fat.
- Obligatory Bondage Song: A surprising amount of their songs are about S&M.
- Prison Rape: A character in "The Decline" is raped after being incarcerated for a marijuana-related misdemeanor. He soon commits suicide by asphyxiation.
- Protest Song: "The Decline" again.
- During the Bush administration the band noticeably became more political in their songs. The War On Errorism, as the title might imply, was mostly made up of these. Fat Mike also produced two compilations in 2004 entitled Rock Against Bush for his label Fat Wreck Chords.
- Another Bush protest song was 'The Idiot Son Of An Asshole." As you can imagine, this one is a bit more on-the-nose and was only ever performed live.
- Pun-Based Title: Heavy Petting Zoo and The War on Errorism.
- Refuge in Audacity: Quite a few songs, but "She's Nubs" off of "The War on Errorism" is a fairly good example. The song depicts a woman who has no arms or legs that enjoys going to punk shows (and who turned down Fat Mike's invitation to go hang out before being carried away in someone's backpack), despite the difficulties she faces in her life. The real life Nubs (a Toronto woman named Talli - who has legs and a job) absolutely loves the song, and says that she wouldn't have turned down Fat Mike in real life. The kicker? The only thing she was offended at about the song was a random line about her inability to "give good head".
- Self-Deprecation. NOFX's two live albums I Heard They Suck Live! and They've Actually Gotten Worse Live!
- The album Coaster reference the bands opinion that you would get better use out of it using it as such. The Vinyl version of the album is entitled Frisbee.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Spoonerism. Liberal Animation and Punk in Drublic
- Stage Name. El Hefe and Fat Mike.
- Three Chords and the Truth
- Too Dumb to Live: We threw gasoline on the fire and now we have stumps for arms and no eyebrows