04. The Separation of Church and Skate
05. Murder the Government
06. Bleeding Heart Disease
07. Bottles To The Ground
08. 180 Degrees
09. Party Enema
12. Stickin In My Eye
13. All Outta Angst
14. Leave It Alone
15. Green Corn
16. The Longest Line
18. The Idiots Are Taking Over
20. Day To Daze
21. Soul Doubt
22. Philthy Phil Philanthropist
23. Shut Up Already
25. Franco Un-American
26. Kill All The White Man
27. Wore Out Soles Of My Party Boots*
12/16/2007Stickin' In My Eye
12/16/2007Leave It Alone
The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)
'The Greatest Songs Ever Written (by us)' is a chunk of NOFX's impressive career, lopped off into one disc, including a brand-new song specifically written and recorded for this release. NOFX is one of the best loved punk rock bands of all time because they never soul doubt...continually making their legions of fans laugh and think.
The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us)
Most photos by: Lisa Johnson
Pool party photos by: Bryan Wynacht
Early photos by: Jerry Riddle
Other photos by: Jen Sammy, Adam Deluca, John Bush, Brian Archer,
Roger Mena and some others...
Oh and Chapman took the 2004 ones, and the one where Melvin is jumping.
Bob, Stickin' In My Eye, Longest Line, Soul Doubt, and Kill All The White Man
recorded and produced by: Donnell Cameron @ West Beach Recorders
Green Corn, Day To Daze, and Shut Up Already
recorded and produced by: Brett Gurewitz @ West Beach Recorders.
All other songs recorded and produced by: Ryan Greene @ Motor Studios.
Mastered by: Gene Grimaldi @ Oasis Mastering
Cut N Paste by: Brian Archer
All songs written by: Fat Mike
NOFX MUSIC (BMI)
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US Rel. Date: 11/09/2004
EU Rel. Date: 11/08/2004
It's a real shame that discussion of NOFX's nearly two decade recorded history has often been reduced to a referendum on Mike's Punk Voter project. And despite the fact that I have and will continue to defend Mike's right to speak his mind as well as his laudable effort in mobilizing many bands and music fans towards a lofty and sadly unattained goal - I guess he didn't hate Bush as much as the south hated gays and economics - NOFX predates Punk Voter by more years than many punk fans have been alive. So, while it might be a bit premature delivering a postmortem release for a band that is still breathing and touring, this greatest hits compilation may serve to remind people of why NOFX is a singular band deserving of far more than just a footnote in punk rock history.
While it's easy to forget these days when most people describe punk and hardcore in terms of emo and metal, a few short years ago when this site began, NOFX was the dominant influence on most bands claiming affiliation with the punk scene. A critic describing a band as NOFX-influenced was not just common, it was nearly ubiquitous. Their simple formula of fast guitars over even faster double time drumming was universally accepted as a staple of the genre. And it wasn't just Fat bands like Lag Wagon, Strung Out and No Use for a Name that were described in terms of NOFX, but bands on a variety of labels, from obscure underground bands, to more mainstream-friendly acts like Blink 182 and MxPx.
When talking about a greatest hits record like The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us), it's nearly impossible for the compilation to reflect each NOFX fan's vision of their best works. For example, I would have preferred "The Death of John Smith" to "The Longest Line" from the latter-titled EP, added the heartfelt "Perfect Government" from Punk in Drublic, and probably ensured the presence of "Please Play This Song On The Radio" from White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean. Still, most of the true classics are certainly present; the absolute perfection of "Linoleum," the singalong greatness of "Bob," and their best recent-era track "Separation of Church and Skate" with its memorable line: "When did punk rock become so safe?"
Some of the omissions are unfortunate certainly, and some are understandable, like the absence of the eighteen minute "The Decline" which ranks as arguably the most mature, varied and straight up brilliant song that Mike has ever written. Some tracks from the rarities compilation 45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough... should have made the cut, like "We Ain't Shit" over "Day to Daze." Still, there are few surprising omissions, when most are a question of personal taste. A band with dozens of records, singles and EPs is bound to be imperfectly represented on a compilation like this, and under that circumstance, the product is surprisingly thorough, though thankfully omits their forgettably half-baked Liberal Animation.
But for those who are unfamiliar with NOFX, this retrospective should necessarily be followed with Punk in Drublic - one of the best punk records of the 90s - The Decline, a concept track that is actually worthy of its lengthy listening investment, White Trash... for it's varied songwriting style and without par Minor Threat cover and of course, also deserving of mention is So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes which nearly approaches the greatness of Punk in Drublic and contains one track that could bring a tear to the eye of the most unromantic ("Falling in Love"). In the end, this record serves its purpose; it provides a strong if necessarily incomplete introduction to a band who along with Bad Religion and a handful of others helped define the Californian punk scene, and in that end it succeeds greatly.
Still, it's a rather safe bet that almost none of the other greatest hits collections making a year's-end appearance will feature snide commentary, self-deprecating album sales statistics and press clippings of the band's nastiest reviews. But that's precisely what NOFX's 24-page booklet reveals --- and a bit more.
The revelations on the 27-track CD are along the lines of the more predictable, serving as an overview of a band whose legacy as an underground punk institution has stood firmly over two decades of bullshit scene politics, the commercialization of its peers and the myriad factions and offshoots of the genre which have been both laudable and laughable.The gathering of tracks in itself is an excellent cross-section of the band's discography, but they're not presented in chronological order, ascending nor descending. While that's not necessarily the requisite modus operandi for such greatest hits collections, sequencing the material in some logical order always makes for a more cohesive listen.
Still, it's not as if the entire disc is scatterbrained --- there really is an excellent assortment of material that's always within one track's reach from any point on the release. From the seminal "Linoleum" and trumpet-tinged "Bob," to the brooding, metallic early days of "Shut Up Already" (circa. 1988, from Liberal Animation), the largely Bad Religion-inspired double-timed skate punk cuts aren't hard to miss and are fully represented here (with the exception of some of the band's earliest work, released before their Epitaph signing). And, furthermore, they're not easy to beat either.
Imitations be damned, NOFX's punchy anthems, in some ways, has served as a primer and/or inroads for the budding independent-leaning consumer who's seeking something that's not yet played-out and passť. And much like the teenager attending its first NOFX gig in 1986, the 2004 iteration of the underground's youth can still feast their virgin ears on NOFX --- easily accessible via this greatest-hits compilation --- like its steaming fresh out of the oven.
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