Pretty much my favorite thing ever is making fun of stuff I like, and I love punk. Yet at the same time, I also hate punk, for all the reasons you can guess. My love-hate relationship with punk is why I love nothing more than punk bands who make fun of punk: The Vandals, Guttermouth, and the kings of anti-punk, NOFX.
Since they’ve been around for over 25 years, there’s a lot to say about these guys, but I’m way too lazy for all that (and I’m sure it’s been documented elsewhere far better than I ever could). The only thing I want to add is that much like New Found Glory, Blink 182, Saves The Gay, Thursday, and other bands who are called “legends” today and worshipped by Tumblrbros, it was definitely NOT ok to like them in the 90s if you were into “real punk/hxc.” They played “corporate pop-punk for frat bros,” despite being one of the biggest DIY bands on the planet who were on one of the biggest DIY labels on the planet (Epitaph, at the time).
But I’ll save the history for all the 30+ punk nerds who got a masters in Library Science back in 2006 or so when MLSs were trendy. Instead, I’ll just share some of my favorite tracks and why they are awesome!
My favorite NOFX song, “Punk Guy.” Truly brilliant lyrics that manage to make fun of pretty much every subgenre of punk/hardcore (if you are under 30 and need the references explained, check here)- my favorite line is “Crazier than GG, yet more PC than Ian”
This is a song making fun of homeless people, which made the PC police very angry at the time– if you can imagine a nightmarish, dystopian reality in which the No Fun Club controls the world, that would be pretty close to the Bay Area in the mid 90s (the home base of NOFX, and “home” to more fucking bums than anywhere else in America)
The ironic part is most people in 2k11 won’t even get this brilliant parody- on the one hand I am glad nobody listens to Crass anymore because they are fucking awful, but on the other hand it sucks because there is so much good material there to make fun of
This is just a great pop punk song, and “So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes” is probably my favorite overall NOFX album?
The full title of this song is really “You’re Not Punk, and I’m Telling Tim,” with “Tim” being the editor of the No Fun Club newsletter Maxiumumrocknroll (a really shitty zine that was very popular with tr00 punx in the 90s- imagine Absolute Punk, only vegan… grose, right??). MRR hasn’t been relevant in ages, but this message is pretty timeless!
A strong argument can be made for NOFX being the original South Park, such as their 1994 song “Don’t Call Me White.” Keep in mind this came out at the height of the No Fun Club’s prominence.
“Murder The Government” is NOFX’s equivalent of The Vandals’ “Anarchyburger.” Basically, making fun of retarded, simplistic punk rock “politics” = never not funny.
Did this post remind you of skating in the parking lot behind Safeway in 8th grade? What is YOUR favorite NOFX song? Can you think of any other bands who have been around since 1984 but don’t suck?? Could Fat Mike make you cry??? Does this post make any sense to people under 30?????