January 9, 2012 § 3 Comments
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It is my opinion that the years between 1992 and 1995 represented the zenith of melodic hardcore punk before the genre started living on its own cliches and/or being diluted into pop music. Fat Music For Fat People was the first sampler released by Fat Wreck Chords (the label founded by Fat Mike, singer of NoFx) in 1994 and it features some of the best bands of that period. Represented here are samples from Propagandhi‘s How To Clean Everything (plus a non album track), Don’t Turn Away by Face To Face, both Duh and Trashed by Lag Wagon (though being quite good, may be actually the first copycat band of the time sounding more or less like NoFx) For God And Country by Good Riddance and NoFx‘s The Longest Line. Check out the yearly users polls on Sputnikmusic and you’ll find all of these records and many more.
Not much to say about this tape, my friends and I have listened to it so much the memories are just spread over like a thin layer of butter in such a long timespan it’s almost impossibile to recall any highlight. To be fair, only a few friends of mine listened to it: by that time some of the guys were a lot into death metal (I was a bit…) and they wouldn’t even touch anything that stank of punkrock with a Ten Foot Pole (hahaha). They said none of these bands were “technical” enough… Some of them later, but maybe too late, started to pay attention and changed their mind.
A note on the cassette: Sony CDit II tapes sported a “slim case”. Personally, I hated them: the card was usually very small, the case would break even more easily than on normal cassettes and, last but not least, when you were piling tapes on a shelf they didn’t fit anywhere screwing the carefully stocked piles big time!
December 21, 2011 § 2 Comments
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Arguably this is NoFx best album so far.
I admit it took me ages to realize the title of the album was a silly pun…
In the beginning of the 90ies a whole new lot of hardcore punk bands came to rise: they were fast, they were angry AND they were also fun and had catchy singalong tunes. What more could a teenager who had just discovered punkrock ask for? They started calling it melodic hardcore and people basically bought every release from labels like Epitaph and Fat Wreck almost blindfolded. The artistic and commercial peak of this new genre came between 1993 and 1995, when records like (among many others) Propaghandi‘s How To Clean Everything, Unknown Road by Pennywise, Rancid‘s …And Out Come The Wolves and Punk In Drublic were released. 1994 was also the year in which The Offspring became huge with Smash: from then on, the genre started withering, perpetuating the same ideas and sounds and/or being diluted into chart-friendly guitar-pop: please welcome Blink 182. More than fifteen years later it still sounds the same.
As you may guess I listend to this cassette to the point of consuption, and the tape is pretty worn, but still kicking. Curious fact: I do not own the orginal album. Back then like many kids did, having no money, we’d go to our favorite record store in Milan called “New Zambrinskie Point” (R.I.P) and each of us friends would buy one LP and then we’d swap the treasured findings and copy them on tape. I do remember who copied Punk In Drublic for me from the original cassette (thanks Diego) but I can’t remember what I gave in exchange.