NOFX - Punk in Drublic

NOFX - Punk in Drublic - 4/5


Ok, so slam-dunking in at number 5 we have this legendary album. Yeah, it's obvious, but there's a reason - it's bloody good.

The album starts as it means to go on, with some fast beats and swirling split-chord harmonics, coupled with Fat Mike's bad-but-loveable vocals. Catchy as hell is the opener Linoleum, a great way to begin, leading into Leave It Alone, one of NOFX's flagship songs. A joy to listen to every time. Dig, The Cause and Don't Call Me White all have memorable chorus' and riffs, and really lay down that sunny Californian feel. This music is just made for skateboarding, summer breaks and getting wasted with your equally adolescent mates.

Perfect Government has a strong political vibe (duh), with shouts of "how did the cat get so fat?" and "How can they sleep at night?" entertaining the thought that maybe, just maybe, these guys aren't a bunch of dorks with guitars, but that they actually have some social awareness. The Brews follows as a fist-in-the-air, hug-as-many-pissed-guys-as
-you-can singalong in the style of classic "Oi" punk.
The rest of the album follows suit, lots of catchy riffs and songs you'll generally fall in love with. Even a couple of forays into Ska towards the end of the album keep it fresh, and show that NOFX really aren't as stupid as Fat Mike sounds.

Ok, so a pretty short review, but I'm guessing everyone who would have any interest in NOFX or Cali-punk in general would've heard this. If not, then you must either seek medical help, or listen to this album. If you don't like it, you have a heart of stone and I have no time for you.

By C.Bidwell