The older Fat Mike of NOFX gets, the more he acts like a middle class teenager tyring rebel via punk’s most surface level affectations. Now he’s proving that punk rockers aren’t immune to self-indulgence or rose coloured looks at their past, as Fat Mike & Friends dive head first into the soundtrack to the stage musical, Home Street Home.
Six years ago, NOFX risked their punk rock cred by making the most un-punk rock of all things, a reality TV show. But because they’re NOFX, they managed to give it a middle finger raising spin.
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I love NOFX. There are several NOFX albums that would be in the top 10 most listened to albums of my lifetime. NOFX have never made an album I don’t like. They haven’t changed much over the years, but that’s one of the things I love about them. But as the albums mount up, it’s hard to find time to listen, really listen (and re-listen) every time something new drops. When Self Entitled came out two years ago, I was super excited to listen to it. Which I did, immediately. And I loved it. But I don’t think I’ve listened to it in its entirety since. Which is why I’m revisiting Self Entitled.
72 Hookers might not just be the most restrained album opener I’ve heard from Fat Mike and crew. It might be the most restrained song overall I’ve ever heard from Fat Mike and crew. Even when it kicks in with the familiar machine gun drums and Mike’s nasal snark, it’s still a little pulled back compared to your average NOFX tune. (more…)