5 reasons why you should listen to NoFX (as they are one of the best punk bands ever)
We love NoFX. They write brilliant two-minute punk songs (for example Monosyllabic girl) which mostly rant against authority figures, the system, and anything else that comes to mind – music which they’ve now released for over almost 30 years.
They’re also great to see live, do not take themselves too seriously (My Heart is Yearning), and have a love of alcohol and ridiculously-themed song titles (such as Clams Have Feelings Too (Actually They Don’t)).
All in all a great punk rock band that we hope never fully grow up.
We look at why they’re so talented…
1. They write bloody good punk songs
The band’s sound is diverse utilizing elements of various music genres – although mostly fast-paced pop punk, it’s mixed with punk rock, skate punk, melodic hardcore, ska punk, and other music genres. They harmonise vocals well (Whatever Didi Wants) and can even sing in French! (Champs Elysees).
2. They’re anti-American
Not so much anti-American but anti-Republican and especially anti-George.W.Bush (and for good reason as these were the rehab years for America). Because of this, they are largely disliked in conservative American culture. Perfect Government is a good example of an anti-Whitehouse rant, as is Murder the Government.
3. They mix punk with politics
Songs often focus on issues such as politics,society, racism, sexism, homophobia, class inequalities, drug use, the music industry, and religion. Fat Mike, the charismatic frontman for the band is bold, sarcastic and political, and out to make people think and push a few buttons. The War on Errorism, is their 2003 album of mostly political songs.
4. They’re one of the most successful independent bands of all time
They’ve released 11 studio albums and sold over 6 million records worldwide, making NOFX one of the most successful independent bands of all time. The band rose to popularity with their fifth studio album Punk in Drublic (1994), which was certified gold in both the United States and Canada, and is now considered a classic punk album by fans and critics alike.
- Listen to a brilliant Spotify playlist (mentos) of NoFx top tunes on Compus Minkus: NoFx Mentos – They’re not French. Alright.
5. They shun exposure
For years the band made a point to avoid all areas of mass media and consented to very few interviews, fostering a relationship that is non-existent rather than bad. They’ve only made a few music videos, citing the fact that the band does not need any more exposure and that people were exploiting the group. The band has also refused permission for its music videos to be broadcast on MTV, VH1, and similar music channels, although its music has been played on Canada’s Much Music. As a whole, they tend to attempt to promote themselves in the way of any other underground punk band, rather than exploit the opportunities available to them.
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Tell us what you think!
- Have we missed anything in the above that you love about the band or their music?
- What’s your favourite NoFX song?