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Friday, July 6, 2007

The Best Song Ever (This Week) is a NOFX Song. Yeah. Seriously. A NOFX song.

posted by on July 6 at 15:42 PM

And it’s called “We Threw Gasoline on the Fire and Now We Have Stumps for Arms and No Eyebrows.”

It was originally on the Epitaph comp Punk-O-Rama III, and more recently it was also included on a two-disc collection of NOFX extras called 45 or 46 Songs That Weren’t Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records.

I can’t find an MP3 or video to link to, so you’ll have to hop on Soulseek, Napster, Limewire, or whatever you kids use to steal music, but first let me tell you about what you can expect.

It’s just a NOFX song. It’s not going to stop global warming (if such a thing even exists), and it’s not going to apologize for the Holocaust (if such a thing even happened… Oh come on, I’m kidding!), it’s just a really fucking fast and whiny passionate punk rock song from the ’90s that’s remembering how great things felt before punk rock turned into a business and a trend (by a band who was around for the before and the after).

All it takes for me to appreciate this song is to concentrate on the blistering drumming and the pissed off lyrics. I know it ain’t genuis poetry, but at least it’s honest.

Remember the good old days
Remember the sound
Remember the sweet mustiness underground
No, I don’t feel the need for relivin’
Some things are better off dead

The words work so well with the energy of the song. I know NOFX is more of a joke than Iím admitting here. Hell, they’d claim that as quickly as you would, but a) I like them despite that and b) this song is loaded with an urgency that their goofier material never came close to possessing. It’s about a dying scene, a dead friend (Tim Yohannan of Maximum Rock N’Roll, I assume), and the fight to never forget the past while still trying to stay relevant to the future. And if any band knows about that battle, it’s NOFX. And I think they capture that really well in under three-minutes.

Weird to take a NOFX song that seriously, right? I think so too.

(If you can’t find it and want to hear it, e-mail me. I’ll send it to you. Just don’t tell the authorities.)

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when I was growing up I was upset that most of my friends who were "in" to punk rock didn't know/care about mrr, tim yo, the nationwide influence that the gilman street project had..


Posted by sister christianson | July 6, 2007 5:19 PM

NOFX is effing awesome; anyone who says different ain't seen 'em live.

They're even entertaining between songs.

Posted by supergp | July 6, 2007 7:23 PM

Don't be ashamed of loving NOFX. They really do put all other bands like them to shame.

Posted by bunnypuncher | July 7, 2007 2:41 AM

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