NOFX – Self Entitled

© 2012 Fat Wreck Chords
Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

NOFX has a new album out. I’m sure you’ve all heard it by now, or at least heard people talking about it. I know I have. People have said things, and I’m paraphrasing, like “back to their roots” and “sounds like ribbed”. In retrospect, that person could have easily said, “smells like ribs”. I’m not sure. I haven’t been really paying attention lately.

At any rate, NOFX have been at it a while; not quite the elder statesmen of punk rock, but damn if their not a heartbeat or two away from that title. So, grizzled and well into middle age, the gentlemen dusted themselves off and kicked out their 12th studio album.

Self Entitled give you twelve tracks of music that sounds a damn lot like NOFX. It’s snotty punk rock with a mix of social commentary, self-deprecation and politics all entwined. So I suppose you could say, “back to their roots” or “these guys are still around?”, because the new release really kind of works on all those levels.

I guess the sum of it is that if you’re a NOFX fan, you’ll likely enjoy this. If you’re out of loop, you’ll probably stay out of the loop, unless of course you’re in faraway lands where the band seems to like to tour a bunch nowadays.

Seriously though, Self Entitle is a fine record that undoubtedly no one but NOFX could have put out. It’s got their scent all over it.

–Jerry Actually

NOFX – Cokie the Clown

(c) 2009 Fat Wreck Chords
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I wasn’t planning on doing a review of this disc. It is tracks that didn’t make the first cut of Coaster. It is decent stuff. It totally merits a mention, so … mention. The important part is the picture of Cokie the Clown, so enjoy. Oh, and the acoustic version of “My Orphan Year”, that is some sad stuff man. So have a beer, shed a tear. For the superist of fans, ladies and gentlemen, Cokie the Clown. Oh and on and non-review related note, Fat Mike had the greatist mugging in Buenos Aires. I’m happy to report that no one was harmed and only an iPhone was stolen. Not bad given the possibilites.

–Jerry Actually

NOFX – The Decline

(c) 1999 Fat Wreck Chords
Rating: ★★½☆☆

I don’t know what to say except that perhaps the title of this new NOFX release is far to aptly correct. “The Decline” leaves me a little underwhelmed and a little disappointed. The comedic yet poignant NOFX that I once knew is gone for the moment. I’m not going to give up on them (’cause I didn’t like “Heavy Petting Zoo” either) but here’s the deal a little less art boys and a lot more rock. the CD starts out well enough for the first couple (or what I assume to be) tracks and then it drops right out. I know there are some die hard NOFX fans out there that are gonna be pissed reading this, but then again they’re probably 15. Another thing is that this CD is very politically charged, not this this bothers me, but again it is a departure from what I’ve grown to enjoy from NOFX. I guess it’s good to vent, but get on with it and get back to the good times I have grown to love/loathe.

–Jerry Actually