NOFX: 45 or 46 Songs that Weren’t Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records: 2xCD

It’s so hard to review NOFX because pretty much everyone who reads this zine knows who NOFX is and what they sound like, and pretty much everyone has made up their mind already. I can’t even pull off the old, act-like-you’ve-never-heard-of-them-and-piss-off-the-fans trick because I did that with the Rancid/NOFX split last issue. Anyway, this album is exactly what its title promises. A lot of the songs here are hilarious (“Drugs Are Good”), some are pretty powerful (“We Threw Gasoline…”), some are really good, but too out-of-character for NOFX to include on a normal album (“Lazy”), and some are absolute throwaways (“Timmy the Turtle”). The Germs and Misfits covers are awesome. The Louis Armstrong cover isn’t so good. Disc Two has most of the Surfer and Fuck The Kids seven inches (minus a few songs, so collectors still have something to ebay with). For both of those seven inches, NOFX went into the studio and recorded a bunch of songs that they’d never rehearsed. It sounds exactly like you’d expect it to. All in all, this isn’t that great of an album, but I like NOFX a lot and I’m glad to own this. It’s still in high-rotation around me. The liner notes are pretty funny, too.

 –sean (Fat)