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NOFX 10/10 & 10/12

Posted by Stefan / October 9, 2008

NOFX.jpgGiven the number of years that these guys have been cranking out records and touring (and the demographic to which they appeal), it is both biologically (and socially) possible that some of their earliest fans are now grandparents. When NOFX began building their minor empire back in 1983, Barack Obama wasn't quite finished his undergraduate degree, and John McCain had just been elected for his first of many terms in the Senate. The band's longevity is difficult to reconcile with their ostensible ethos. Blistering tempos, moderately accessible sound, and a mix of naive political ranting/references to bestiality aren't supposed to have a long shelf life.

On the other hand, the band was both directly and indirectly responsible for much of the 1990s skate-punk aesthetic. Relatively speaking, Punk in Drublic was a cultural phenomenon, articulating directionless anxiety by showing it, not telling it. Perhaps more importantly, the band was instrumental in pressuring artists to retain a certain independent spirit, singing "it's my job to keep punk rock elite/this music ain't your fucking industry," and boasting (sometimes annoyingly) of just how punk rock they were compared to the alleged sell outs who resorted to mass marketing. They had an interest in doing so; frontman Fat Mike, owner of the iconic Fat Wreck Chords, set the gold standard for D.I.Y punk record production. A cynic might offer that their 'tude was really just part of the band and record company's ultimately successful business model. Even those who do not question the band's intentions might wonder how they've managed to last so long without changing, and what this implies about punk itself. Is NOFX the reactionary vanguard?

But then again, if you're wondering about that, you're probably not going to either show this weekend. Both the Friday and Sunday shows are sold out. It would appear that Montreal's well varnished reputation as purveyor of cool has not banished this considerably less status-bestowing niche market from city limits. Here's hoping they play Soul Doubt...

NOFX will be playing Metropolis this Friday and Sunday. No admission without Dr. Martens. Jeff can wear Birkenstocks.

Photo from NOFX website.

Discussion

9 Comments

G / October 9, 2008 at 07:15 pm
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White trash, two heebs, and a bean?

Are you a jerk or just confused? ... Stef don't wear regular shoes!

Re: longevity... I do believe they're responsible for the longest punk song ever recorded: http://www.deezer.com/#music/result/all/the%20decline%20nofx

JeromeTERRIBLE / October 10, 2008 at 10:36 am
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good article!

just few more hours until i get out of this desk job and head for the show! yay.
S. / October 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm
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this just in: NOFX to play show this Saturday (today) at Foufs

though Fat Mike may have been lying about that last night at the show. which exceeded expectations, by the by.
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