Love them or hate them (and quite frankly I don’t think they really give a shit either way), NOFX has been at it for a long time. While they still crank out new music, which is definitely worth your time by the way… they are most famous for their now trademark SO-Cal skate punk sound they really developed in the 90s. While often overshadowed by White Trash, Two Heebs, And A Bean and Punk In Drublic, NOFX’s third studio album Ribbed is easily one of my favorites by these punks.
Released back in 1991, Ribbed is most notable for being the last album before El Hefe joined the band on guitar, and it was also the last album that Brett of Bad Religion produced. With 14 songs, Ribbed is a lot more raw than their later works, yet showed the direction they were heading. Take Fat Mike’s voice for instance as it’s not the cleaner sound we’re used to: he’s straining, struggling, and passionate as hell. Filled with the obnoxious jokes we’re used to from NOFX (ranging from breast implants and terrible puns as heard on Food Sex and Ewe), Ribbed is a solid listen for anyone interested in learning what the band sounded like before they became a household name.
You probably won’t hear many, if any, of these songs live but songs like “Moron Brothers” and “Shower Days” are easily some of my favorite that NOFX have ever written. If you dig skate punk, this is a must.
NOFX – The Moron Brothers
I Want More Than Equal Rights:
NOFX – Self Entitled
NOFX – Coaster
NOFX – War On Errorism
NOFX – So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes
NOFX – Punk In Drublic
I’m going to be straight up with you, I still fucking love Guttermouth. I know the majority of people stopped listening to them back when they were still in high school, but fuck that… their music is fun and they play some damn good skate punk. While I wasn’t a huge fan of their 2006 release of Shave The Planet, Guttermouth has posted 4 songs for free (2 not on any albums, 2 that are on a split they are selling only on tour), and they completely capture the old sound of Guttermouth.
If you’re looking for really serious, heartfelt lyrics, look elsewhere. These senior punks have some self-deprecating humor with the oldster love song of “Together” and “Bingo” where Mark sings “At 23 you’ve reached your prime…Now I play bingo because we’re getting old and there’s nothing left to do”.
“The Towel” is one of the heaviest Guttermouth songs I’ve heard in a while, and all 4 would make for a killer EP. If you dig skate punk at all, you can’t really go wrong with these veterans, they’ve been at it 25 years now and still rock harder than most bands.
Guttermouth – The TowelGuttermouth – Bingo
Guttermouth – Together
Guttermouth – runnerup
Bad Religion played Philadelphia this past Monday, and I missed it. I’ve been feeling terrible about it, so I’ve been pretty much listening to Bad Religion non-stop all week. The album of choice I’ve been spinning is their highly influential Suffer.
Released back in 1988, Suffer was Bad Religion’s third full length album and the one that really defined the sound of modern South Cali punk. The songs are more polished and more melodic than their hardcore masterpiece How Can Hell Be Any Worse, and in my opinion features some of Bad Religion’s greatest songs.
With 15 songs finishing in a mere 26 minutes, Suffer remains aggressive, defiant, and yet intelligent. Songs like “You Are (The Government)” and “Do What You Want” showcase just how catchy Bad Religion could make a song.
The one thing that turns off a lot of listeners from Suffer (and most of Bad Religion’s discography thereafter) is the fact that the whole melodic skate punk (often described as that Epitaph or Fat Wreck style) sound has been done over and over again, and is completely played out. While true, it’s a bit unfair to judge Suffer for it, as this was the album that started it all, and influenced countless bands. Fat Mike of NOFX once described Suffer as “the album that changed everything.”
If you could get past the fact that countless bands have ripped off been influenced by Suffer, or want to see where that whole style began… definitely check this one out.
Bad Religion – Do What You Want
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Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
Bad Religion – All Ages
Youth Brigade – Sink With Kalifonija
I think my iPod may be possessed by a southern California skater ghost. Every now and then, regardless of what I pick or want to play, the cursed device just starts randomly playing 1208′s Feedback is Payback. I’ll usually just go ahead and listen to the album, because it’s a pretty fucking solid album. Thank you ghost DJ.
1208 (pronounced twelve-oh-eight or twelve-zero-eight… not one thousand two hundred and eight…) released their debut Feedback is Payback back in 2002, and it is some damn solid skate punk. You don’t find too much of that particular flavor of punk around much anymore, but I’d be lying if I said that I don’t love that melodic punk sound.
Go check your record collection real quick, its alright, we’ll wait for you. Ok back? Did you find The Deviates, Millencolin, or Pennywise’s early shit? Then you’ll dig 1208 and should probably check them out.
Fun fact: the singer of 1208 (Alex) is actually Greg Ginn of Black Flag’s nephew.
1208 – 1988
Chicken Soup For The Punk’s Soul:
The Deviates – My Life
The Scandals – The Sound Of Your Stereo
NOFX – Pump Up The Valuum
1208 – Feedback Is Payback
What the fuck? After going through my music collection and some old blog posts, I realized that I somehow managed to skip over some of my all time favorite albums thinking I already posted on them. Leading that list is Propagandhi’s How To Clean Everything.
While Propagandhi has evolved into a more thrash punk sound as of late (which I fucking love for the record…), the first full length by these snotty Canadian punks featured 12 songs of politically infused skate punk bliss. Released 19 years ago back in 1993 (holy shit, feel old yet?) How To Clean Everything completely shreds from anthem Anti-Manifesto all the way to the Cheap Trick of I Want You To Want Me.
Lyrically, Propagandhi tackles political issues and feminism (and the fact ska sucks on one track), but they do incredibly bluntly. Songs such as Stick The Fucking Flag Up Your Goddamn Ass You Son Of A Bitch aren’t exactly subtle, and neither is the outro to the reggae influenced Haillie Salasse, Up Your Ass which features a chorus simply chanting “fuck religion”. Still, there is a certain charm to all this bluntness, and Chris’s lyrics are rounded out by John K (of The Weakerthans) who played bass and occasionally sang some more emotional lyrics, as heard on the song Showdown.
Definitely a must for any punk fan in general, Propagandhi is one of my favorite bands, and How To Clean Everything shows their old melodic skate punk roots. Fuck, I noticed I didn’t post on Today’s Empire Tomorrow’s Ashes as well… guess that’ll go into the queue.
Propagandhi – Anti Manifesto
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Propagandhi – How to Clean Everything
Sometimes it seems like Canada has it all: public health care, better maple syrup, and a plethora of damn good skate influenced punk rock. Ontario based Adelleda is the latest band to add to great canadian punk, and their 8 track “Herkimer Street” is 20 minutes of melodic skate bliss.
While I realize that it’s certainly cliche to compare a melodic punk band to early Propagandhi, I can’t help but listen to some of Adelleda’s riff’s and be reminded of the Manitoba legends (hell, their song Implausible Denial reminds me of I-Spy a bit before I even knew where they were from). Adelleda is able to avoid pigeon holing themselves though by pulling influences from other melodic hardcore bands. Song GBN is incredibly reminiscent of Ignite and opener Farley reminds me a bit of Vision.
If you’re a fan of melodic punk rock at all, it’s hard to steer wrong with Adelleda’s “Herkimer Street”. Oh, and I forgot to mention they offer it up on their bandcamp completely for free… so really, what are you waiting for?
Adelleda – Just A Shame
Housewives Interview Propagandhi
Man The Change
Strike Anywhere – Change Is Sound