NO USE FOR A NAME: Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers: LP/CD

Sep 20, 2017

This is the second recent release from Fat featuring a band doing covers and, for me, this tramples all over the Teenage Bottlerocket offering. The uniqueness of NUFAN’s wall of rhythm guitar cannot be ignored and on this collection, it provided the initial focus when I ran through the album for the first time. It’s not like Dag Nasty’s “I’ve Heard” needs that boost, although it does add a new dimension to the song. However, the “wall” does add a kick to Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” and The Vapors’ “Turning Japanese,” making them seem sonically enhanced. I love these songs, and in no way do I feel that NUFAN is stepping on sacred ground with its versions. In fact, all the tracks featured are great fun to listen to, even the songs I’m ambivalent towards—The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s “Fairytale of New York” being a prime example—and this is a strong reminder of the ability of a band rightly revered by many. –Rich Cocksedge (Fat Wreck)