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NOFX

  • Ribbed [Epitaph, 1991] **
  • White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean [Epitaph, 1992] ***
  • Punk in Drublic [Epitaph, 1994] A-
  • Heavy Petting Zoo [Epitaph, 1996] Neither
  • So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes [Epitaph, 1997] ***
  • The War on Errorism [Fat Wreck Chords, 2003] A-
  • Wolves in Wolves' Clothing [Fat Wreck Chords, 2006] **
  • Never Trust a Hippy [Fat Wreck Chords, 2006] Choice Cuts
  • Coaster [Fat Wreck Chords, 2009] ***
  • Cokie the Clown [Fat Wreck Chords, 2009] Choice Cuts

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Consumer Guide Reviews:

Ribbed [Epitaph, 1991]
as in condoms--also kidded ("Just the Flu," "Where's My Slice?") **

White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean [Epitaph, 1992]
growing in wit, growing in wisdom ("Liza and Louise," "Please Play This Song on the Radio") ***

Punk in Drublic [Epitaph, 1994]
In which these pranksters proceed to prove absolutely that a sense of humor provides useful training in broader human feelings. Among those they don't put down are a porn actress, a happy born-againer, a guy in Birkenstocks and a tie-dyed Rancid T-shirt, Hasidic O.G.'s, and--implicitly--people who like tunes with their rant and rave. They're a six-figure advance away from that exalted state where assholes everywhere can call them shallow and suburban. A-

Heavy Petting Zoo [Epitaph, 1996] Neither

So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes [Epitaph, 1997]
"All Outta Angst," so "The Desperation's Gone" ("Monosyllabic Girl," "All His Suits Are Torn"). ***

The War on Errorism [Fat Wreck Chords, 2003]
Unlike most punk lifers, they've always yukked it up, accepted outsiders, and thought about their feelings. So I was pleased rather than surprised to learn that they'd made their politics explicit. Their attacks on religion and hater hating are right on, and why shouldn't the guy who reads Zinn and Chomsky and then votes Nader be confused? Concomitantly, I was disappointed rather than surprised to find that the songs about their personal world are deeper than those about our political one. So I'm glad quadriplegic Nubs gets her impolitic two minutes. And my hopes for all humanity leap when a boy and girl fall in love over the vinyl they both own. A-

Wolves in Wolves' Clothing [Fat Wreck Chords, 2006]
They play loaded, they own their masters, they write off their vacations and still they're not satisfied ("100 Times Fuckeder," "Doornails"). **

Never Trust a Hippy [Fat Wreck Chords, 2006]
"You're Wrong" Choice Cuts

Coaster [Fat Wreck Chords, 2009]
"I define success as not working/And I live like a king" ("Creeping Out Sara," "My Orphan Year"). ***

Cokie the Clown [Fat Wreck Chords, 2009]
"Straight Outta Massachusetts" Choice Cuts

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