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July 6th, 2006 at 09:05pm
NOFX is a skate punk band from California, USA. They were formed in Berkeley in 1983 and relocated to Los Angeles shortly after by high school-aged "Fat Mike" (real name Michael Burkett), Erik Sandin and Eric Melvin and use a high amount of "comedy" in their songs.

The root of their name is commonly attributed to the Boston Hardcore band Negative FX, and Fat Mike has stated that the name has no relation to the Straight Edge movement. The band's 1992 release, White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean, has a joke blues-jazz cover of Minor Threat's "Straight Edge". The band has always been political but have become more pro-active with their left wing than right wing views in recent years. NOFX are also known for their strong anti-mainstream attitude. They have disallowed radio play of almost all of their albums, and have disallowed repeated requests by MTV to play their videos. Despite this, NOFX has retained a relatively large fan base, which they point to as proof that you can be famous without selling out.

NOFX's first release was a demo from 1983, produced by Germs drummer Don Bolles, which did not sell any copies. They released their self-titled debut EP NOFX on Mystic Records in 1985, which later resurfaced in 1992 on the Maximum Rocknroll CD.

For a year, Erik Sandin left the band and was replaced by Scott Sellers, then Scott Aldahl. Dave Allen was with the group for about 4 months until he died in a car accident. In 1986 the band released "So What if We're on Mystic!" Dave Casillas joined the band on second guitar in 1987 and was featured on the EP The P.M.R.C. Can Suck on This!, a title attacking the PMRC's call for censorship of music. The original cover was an edited S&M photo, but when re-released changed to a photo of Eric Melvin.

Dave then left the band and was replaced by Steve Kidweller (also known as Steve the Caucasian). They recorded Liberal Animation in 1988 with Brett Gurewitz from Bad Religion. The album was re-released in 1991 on Gurewitz's label Epitaph Records. NOFX had signed to Epitaph by 1989, releasing their second album S&M Airlines.

By 1991, there had been a lot of changes to the band. However, the original three members had reunited and Aaron Abeyta (aka El Hefe) joined to round out the present line-up.

It was not until the 1994 release of Punk in Drublic that the band had a popular breakthrough. The album went half-gold (the only other recording artist to have a half-gold record was Donnie Osmond) in the same year pop-punk entered the mainstream with The Offspring's Smash and Green Day's Dookie. NOFX never matched the popularity of other punk bands due to their refusal to sign with a major label, and are among those who achieved popular acclaim in the mid-1990s and still kept their hardcore punk fanbase who reviled other bands that were perceived as sell-outs.

Since 1994, they have consented to very few interviews and have made only few music videos. However, Fat Mike once did an interview for Guitar World in 2003 giving his opinion on the pop punk bands rising at that time. Fat Mike was also interviewed by Australian radio station Triple J in 2004. Their official website features a Q&A section, where they answer questions sent in by fans. Updates have not occurred to the Q&A section, but the archives can still be browsed. NOFX have continued to release independent records throughout their career. An extensive, nearly 20 page interview was done for a 2003 issue of AMP Magazine. The band released The Decline, a fiery and pessimistic social commentary, in 1999. Having a duration of 18 minutes and 23 seconds it is nearly the longest punk song to date, second only to "Yes Sir, I Will" by Crass, which spans more than 22 minutes.

In 2003, NOFX released a CD entitled War on Errorism, an album of snarky political songs. It became the start of their anti-Bush campaign and a rallying point for liberal punks. Since the CD's release, Fat Mike organized the website Punkvoter.com, compiled two chart topping Rock Against Bush CDs on the Fat Wreck Chords label, and kicked off a Rock Against Bush nationwide tour. Their emergence on the political scene has not faded after the election.

The band has also released many EPs (Fuck the Kids, The Longest Line) on Fat Mike's own label Fat Wreck Chords. In February of 2005 they launched the NOFX 7" of the Month Club, a subscription-based service which saw the release of one new EP about monthly from February 2005 to March 2006 (a total of 12 releases). The cover art for these 7-inches were chosen from fan-submitted entries, from which the band selected one submission for each month's record. Billed as "A year long documentation of their songwriting process," the first 3000 subscribers to the club received all of their records on coloured vinyl.

NOFX have recently finished an album of new material, Wolves in Wolves' Clothing, released on 18 April 2006. On March 14, an EP entitled Never Trust a Hippy was released, containing two songs from Wolves in Wolves' Clothing.

Current lineup

* Erik Sandin (drums) (1983-1985, 1986-)
* Eric Melvin (guitar, accordian, vocals) (1983-)
* Fat Mike (bass, vocals) (1983-)
* El Hefe (guitar, trumpet, vocals) (1991-)

Former members

* Scott Sellers (drums) (1985-1986)
* Scott Aldahl (drums) (1986)
* Dave Allen (vocals; deceased) (1986)
* Dave Casillas (guitar) (1986-1989)
* Steve Kidwiller (guitar) (1989-1991)

NOFX Discography

Studio albums

* Maximum Rocknroll (198Cool
* Liberal Animation (198Cool - Wassail Records limited to 1,500 copies, re-released in 1991 on Epitaph)
* S&M Airlines (1989)
* Ribbed (1991) - first 500 on clear-yellow vinyl
* White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean (1992)
* Maximum Rocknroll (1992 Re-Release)
* Punk in Drublic (1994)
* Heavy Petting Zoo (1996) - #63 US (Billboard 200)
* So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes (1997) - #79 US (Billboard 200)
* Pump Up the Valuum (2000) - #61 US (Billboard 200), #19 Australia
* War on Errorism (2003)
* Wolves in Wolves' Clothing (2006) - #46 US (Billboard 200), #23 Australia

EPs

* NOFX (1986)
* So What If We're on Mystic! (1986)
* The P.M.R.C. Can Suck on This! (1987)
* The Longest Line (1992)
* Liza and Louise (1992)
* Don't Call Me White (1994)
* Leave it Alone (1995)
* HOFX (1995)
* Louise and Liza (1997)
* All of Me (1996)
* Timmy the Turtle (1999)
* The Decline (1999)
* Bottles to the Ground (2000)
* Pods and Gods (2000)
* Fat Club 7 (2001)
* Surfer (2001)
* Regaining Unconsciousness (2003)
* 13 Stitches (2003)
* 7" of the Month Club (2005 - 2006)
* Never Trust a Hippy (2006)

Live albums

* I Heard They Suck Live!! (1995) - #198 US (Billboard 200)

Splits

* Drowning Roses/NOFX Split (198Cool
* BYO Split Series, Vol. 3 (2002) with Rancid

Compilations

* Maximum Rocknroll (1992)
* 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records (2002) 2-Discs
* 22 Songs that Weren't Good Enough to go on Our Other Records (2002) - limited release on yellow vinyl
* The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us!) (2004)

Videos

* Ten Years of Fuckin' Up (1994) VHS Video, later re-released on DVD

Music Videos

* Stickin' In My Eye - Google
* Bob - Google
* Leave It Alone - Google
* I Wanna Be an Alcoholic - Google
* Franco Un-American - Google
* Seeing Double at the Triple Rock - Google Fat Wreck Chords


Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOFX

http://www.nofxofficialwebsite.com/
http://www.myspace.com/nofx

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July 6th, 2006 at 10:01pm
One of the best fuckin punk bands ever.

I love them
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July 6th, 2006 at 11:57pm
Less Than Jack:
One of the best fuckin punk bands ever.

I love them


i'll second that Cool

love them Very Happy
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July 6th, 2006 at 11:59pm
I liked them for about five seconds. Then I was like, OH YEAH, this
is why music nowadays sucks.
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:01am
NOFX is an awesome band...by the way, does anyone have the right tabs for You're Wrong for guitar?
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:02am
Santa Billie:
I liked them for about five seconds. Then I was like, OH YEAH, this
is why music nowadays sucks.
Okay, and what made you think that just by listening to nofx?
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:17am
I dunno Kad...maybe you should put some more info in.

About NOFX, liked what I've heard but I'm not gonna go out searching for the music.
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:39am
im gonna see them play at Warped tour

YAY!
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:40am
You're stocked up on info.
I've got two of their cd's and I love them both.
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July 7th, 2006 at 02:21am
Barenaked Tinkerbell:
Less Than Jack:
One of the best fuckin punk bands ever.

I love them


i'll second that Cool

love them Very Happy

Thirded. Cool
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July 7th, 2006 at 05:49am
Beat On The Cassie:
Barenaked Tinkerbell:
Less Than Jack:
One of the best fuckin punk bands ever.

I love them


i'll second that Cool

love them Very Happy

Thirded. Cool


4DED. Retard
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July 7th, 2006 at 05:57am
They're a fantastic band and seemingly unstoppable. Plus they're fantastic for new punk bands with their legendary Fat Wreck Chords by pushing them forward and helping them out along the way. Anti-Flag are but one of the top acts today who were helped by NoFX.

I have 3 of their albums: Punk In Drublic, Greatest Songs Ever Written and the new one Wolves In Wolves' Clothing.

Favourite song = Murder The Government, Reeko, The Man I Killed, The Longest Line... ah fuck it they have too many great song to narrow them down.
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July 7th, 2006 at 06:12am
They are great!
Their best song is "Perfect Government".
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July 7th, 2006 at 09:10am
I have War on Errorism. It rocks. Cool
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July 7th, 2006 at 10:15am
Hardcore Panda!!1:
I have War on Errorism. It rocks. Cool
Me too. And I agree. o.O
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July 7th, 2006 at 11:18am
Ah NOFX Very Happy what a band! I love them, they are awsome live
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:40pm
Kiss Me, I'm Lik:
I dunno Kad...maybe you should put some more info in.

About NOFX, liked what I've heard but I'm not gonna go out searching for the music.
Confused I already put in a lot though.

Ah well. Won't force you to look for more music ^.^
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:47pm
CemeteryDrive:
Ah NOFX Very Happy what a band! I love them, they are awsome live
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July 7th, 2006 at 12:52pm
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Kiss Me, I'm Lik:
I dunno Kad...maybe you should put some more info in.

About NOFX, liked what I've heard but I'm not gonna go out searching for the music.
Confused I already put in a lot though.

Ah well. Won't force you to look for more music ^.^
I think she was being sarcastic. Wink
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July 7th, 2006 at 01:08pm
Hardcore Panda!!1:
† Prisoner Of Society †:
Kiss Me, I'm Lik:
I dunno Kad...maybe you should put some more info in.

About NOFX, liked what I've heard but I'm not gonna go out searching for the music.
Confused I already put in a lot though.

Ah well. Won't force you to look for more music ^.^
I think she was being sarcastic. Wink
Ah. Lik & her sarcasm. Cool
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