Tuesday, February 28, 2017
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-NOFX
Song:Liza and Louise
Album:White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean
The punk band NOFX have been around since the 80s but they were particularly successful on their own terms in the 90s. They have never been on a major label and they have never softened their music to get commercial success. And that could be a reason why they are still successful. NOFX are from Los Angeles. Guitarist Eric Melvin met bassist and singer Mike "Fat Mike" Burkett in 1983. The band was called NOFX after the punk band Negative FX. Drummer Erik "Smelly" Sandin joined. He left and then returned. Dave Allen joined but he died in a 1986 car accident. They released EPs in limited quantities until they signed with Epitaph Records which is owned by Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion. Guitarist Dave Casillas joined in 1987 but he was replaced by Steve Kidwiller in 1989. Kidwiller was replaced by Aaron "El Hefe" Abayta in 1991. NOFX has had the same lineup since then. With the success of bands like Offspring and Bad Religion, things started to pick up for NOFX with the 1993 album White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean. Their next album Punk in Drublic did even better. It was certified Gold. Major labels came calling but NOFX turned them all down. They could have had music videos played on MTV. They didn't want to play that game. They continued to record and tour. NOFX started their own label Fat Wreck Chords in 2003. NOFX is still going strong. 2015 saw a 25th anniversary tour. And their latest CD First Ditch Effort was released Oct. 2016. They are currently touring to support that. A band autobiography NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories was published last year. There's something to be said of a band that has been around all these years and has never sold out to commercialism. Here's NOFX performing Liza and Louise at Rockpalast in Germany 1993.