NOFX: Cokie the Clown: CDEP

May 20, 2010

There are five songs on this EP. “Cokie the Clown” is top notch NOFX musically, but has some stupid lyrics about… a drug addict clown. “Straight out of Massachusetts” is a full band reworking of a song Fat Mike did acoustically for the kid’s show Pancake Mountain. It’s all right, but the novelty of the lyrics wear off pretty quick after the first listen. “Fermented and Flailing” and “Codependence Day” are two more rather interchangeable songs where Fat Mike sings about how cool it is to be a drunk and/or drug user. He really needs to stop going to that lyrical well because it’s sounding lame at this point. Finally, “My Orphan Year” is an acoustic reworking of the same song from the Coaster album. This actually may be the high point of the EP. The lyrics about the year Fat Mike lost both his parents are surprisingly heartfelt and serious, at least as far as NOFX goes. All in all, I would say this is two-and-a-half out of five.

 –Adrian (Fat)

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