4

NOFX

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

The first minute of NOFX's new album, Pump Up the Valluum, sounds damn near identical to the first minute of the band's sixth album, Punk in Drublic, released in 1994. The rock-god dueling guitars fire up the intro, then the drum rolls of impending doom indicate something really big is about to rock your bones, and then -- and then -- a flat, nasally voice interrupts: "Hello, welcome to our CD/Can you hear the blatant similarity/To 'Linoleum'?"

Of course, it's all a big joke on the listener, a reference to Drublic's opening tune. It's the same self-effacing joke that singer/bassist Fat Mike has been telling his fans for fifteen years, with one new punchline: The band's lighting-quick musical chops are -- if possible -- even more refined. The fourteen tracks crammed into Pump Up the Valluum play like a 31-minute-long, highfalutin dick joke: You know what to expect, you think it's stupid but funny anyway, and finally, you're left astonished by its craftsmanship. And remarkably, it doesn't get old. There's something to be said for redundancy when it's done well.

On "Take Two Placebos and Call Me Lame," the signature NOFX stop-n-go riffs are all there, yet they are faster, sharper, quicker and taken to the umpteenth degree. At first listen, the CD sounds like it's skipping, but it's in tune and on time. Just as familiar to the NOFX playbook is the ongoing romance between Liza and Louise, two lesbians who first met in 1992 on White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean ("First I want you to kiss me/Now I want you to fist me"). Now, four albums later, Louise has grown into her own: "She got a silicone cock sticking in her ass and one in her cunt/A butterfly vibrator strapped tight to her clit/But who's got the remote control?/That would belong to Louise."

Yet for all of Louise's, um, personal evolutions, the members of NOFX still find it necessary to remind their audience that they're the same old guys, too punk to change their ways. On the appropriately titled "Theme From a NOFX Album," the group chants, "We're professional punkers/We come from the suburbs/After fifteen years we're still having fun/Now we're over thirty, not looking so purty/At least we got a beat-up accordion."

A fine, if meaningless, punchline indeed.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.