NOFX Ruined Last Night's Punk Show at House of Blues

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Katie Hovland
Punk rock is an unusual genre. Punk shows can be exhilarating, enthralling, chaotic, confrontational and offensive. Last night at the House of Blues, it was all of those and less.

I've been going to see punk bands for more than three decades and I thought I had just about seen and heard it all. Then I was exposed to Fat Mike, singing bassist for L.A.'s legendary punk outfit NOFX. These guys have been going at it since 1983 and they have made some decent money and some decent music along the way, but last night they were the antithesis of punk. NOFX have become a caricature of a punk band. Perhaps they have been that all along. Now, it's Fat Mike with his silly blue Mohawk shouting at some guy in the balcony, calling him a "fucking faggot" who was acting like a "prison pussy." As I was being tortured by NOFX, I thanked the punk gods for opening bands. All three, on this particular evening, saved the show.

Was this what punk rock has become? I was reminded of that horrible Mott the Hoople album, the one made after Ian Hunter had left the band. It was called Shouting and Pointing and that was NOFX last night. It was Fat Mike and crew playing some decent songs and then berating some guy for being Filipino, or as Fat Mike put it, "not a real Asian."

Shock value has always been and will always be, I hope, a calling card of punk, but this was something different. This was frat boys playing punk rockers, guys in their mid-40s playing out every sadly dated gay reference with idiotic glee. "We are not a peaceful band," said Fat Mike to the well inebriated throng. The response was tepid, almost nonexistent. It was like a punk band fronted by Rush Limbaugh, only worse, if such is imaginable.

Then, thankfully, Fat Mike would shut the hell up and NOFX would rip through "72 Hookers" or "Murder the Government," songs that pulsed with a punk spirit that harkened back to seminal hardcore acts such as Black Flag and Fear. But the songs were even surface punk. They were mean-spirited attacks without merit or intelligence. They reminded me of a seventh grader regurgitating the politics of his father or grandfather, shit he would later condemn if he had only gone to college.

First up, early on at 7:30 was Implants, a great, if horribly named outfit from Southern California consisting of members from such acts as Strung Out, Pulley, Ten Foot Pole and Death by Stereo. These guys were all right, playing meticulous and intricate metallic punk that featured shout-along choruses and not a single homophobic shout-out.



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28 comments
shampainphlegm
shampainphlegm

Dude - even the shirt Mike is wearing in your photo is a pro-gay punk band.  Get your shit together. 


You should try listening to some Me First and the Gimme Gimmes if you really like Pop/'Campy' punk (bass player - Fat Mike).  They even play covers of some show tunes and Styx - which I think is more your style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA992Xlxi7o

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

Yet another live music review by someone absolutely wrong for the assignment.  Is this the same guy who slammed Five Finger Death Punch for being 'too masculine'?  

Obs, your live music coverage has become a total parody.  Find some new blood to diversify your pool over reporters so you can have an appropriate, knowledgeable critic for each show.  It's not hard, there aren't THAT many shows you need to cover.  Get a metal guy, a punk guy, a hip hop guy, etc.  We aren't talking rocket science, we're talking editing a music paper.  


This isn't a matter of disagreeing with reviews, it's a matter of printing laughable reviews written by people who clearly know dick-all about who they went to see.  Sending a guy who hates metal to review a metal show isn't smart, but a decent journalist with some knowledge of the art can still review it successfully.


Do better.  Seriously.

NOFX-SUX
NOFX-SUX

Fat Mike is one of the worst musicians in music history. NOFX makes Insane Clown Posse look like The Rolling Stones. "Don't Call Me White" is easily one of the top 10 worst songs ever written. Punk in Drublic. Awesome fucking album name. I wish you would have been aborted, Fat piece of shit... I mean, Fat Mike.

NOFX-SUX
NOFX-SUX

NOFX has never been a good punk band. Everyone in this thread that defends NOFX should be curb-stomped and have their faces eaten off by bath salt crazed homeless black men.

mattisriot
mattisriot

i had to sign up just to tell you to shut the fuck up, you pussy!

DUNGEON
DUNGEON

HAHAHA what the fuck is this shit?? Is this a joke?

ericcrapton
ericcrapton

"I didn't like the NOFX show because Fat Mike wasn't PC, boo hoo, I thought Dillinger 4's set was good."

Maybe you should stop going to shows altogether, you fuckin pansy.

darryl
darryl

Aww.. So it turns Fat Mike hurt Mr Smyers feelings. :(

So lets cut him some slack! Even though his words are pure fiction and one would be hard pressed to find any journalistic credibility, his pain is real and needs our love.

*hugs* bro.

yourarobot
yourarobot

Have u ever been to a nofx show?? Darryl smyers is gay hahaha

engmofo
engmofo

Bwhahahahahahah………

Maybe you should have gone to the One Direction gig instead……

jamessavik
jamessavik

Maybe puke rock has run its course.

Slappy7
Slappy7

Patrick from Dillinger Four is one of the biggest dickheads I have ever met. I really wanted to kick his ass at three links after the show. What a cocksucker

Grimz187
Grimz187

Wow... Terrible review. Go back to community college & Coldplay fool. I hope you die in a car accident tonight.=-)

Fred-dorfman76
Fred-dorfman76

So NOFX offended the reviewers sensabilites and now he resorts to lying about what happened at the show.  Fat Mike never called the guy a "fucking faggot" at any point.  The guy heckling was yelling homophobic shit at the band trying to get their attention and Fatty responded.

Stick to reviewing shitty indy bands who won't be around in 3 years much less 30.

dpope3467
dpope3467

What show was this guy at? Because I went to the NoFX show at HoB last night and it was about as punk as it gets for being held at a multimillion dollar venue. NoFX engaged the crowd with hostility and hilarity, the floor was bonkers and the music was loud.....pretty much every thing you need in order to NOT ruin a punk show. This writer needs to stick to his hipster band reviews and stay away from my punk rock.

futhark25
futhark25

This is the most idiotic review I've ever read. Someone with such little knowledge of punk has no business writing a review about one of the most prominent bands of second wave. Get Darryl off the writing crew. I don't think I can trust any review by the Dallas Observer if they will print this trash.

ryanlsumner
ryanlsumner

The Observer has a responsibility to prevent drivel like this from seeing the light of day.  Just because your reviewer didn't like the show, doesn't mean their review is valid or should be printed.  Especially when their lack of knowledge and understanding of the genre and scene reveals that they have zero merit in this subject matter.  If they don't understand the assignment, they shouldn't be allowed to print it.


NoFX are the same assholes they've always been.  They're scamming everyone for a buck, sometimes making solid points, but always having fun.  They've been partying from day one and that isn't going to change.


saying that the Masked Intruders are more punk and that "i dont want to be alone tonight" is the best punk love song ever is a total joke... but might make sense to a reviewer who has never heard of the Buzzcocks, The Undertones or The Clash's Train in Vain.  Hell, even Green Day and Blink have better loves songs than that silly pop number.


If your parameters for punk judgement and ranking include Johnny Rotten and Soul Asylum, then you are horribly under-informed.


please ask someone who attended the show and has an ounce of understanding of the event to write a real review. Please also consider just deleting this sophomoric high school newspaper garbage.


scott_beggs1
scott_beggs1

wow, Darryl, I dont think you get NoFX. At all. this is ridiculous drivel.


JustSaying
JustSaying

What is with you assholes splitting up every fucking post into 2 or more pages?

frisnan8888
frisnan8888

NOFX still keeping a mild amount of danger & offensiveness in punk rock. finally. it's hipsters that write articles like this that keep punk safer than the pillow rack at wal-mart.

YoSoyATXMusic
YoSoyATXMusic

Really happy you liked Masked Intruder, but what kind of "punk" fan hasn't listened to NOFX? Plz. #eyeroll

afatwreck
afatwreck

You can always tell a reviewer has no idea about NOFX when he criticizes the lyrics to "Murder The Government" The song is a satirical jab at some "highly simplified "political" songs. I was there the show KILLED!  The non-PC banter has always been a staple of NOFX. How did this guy get a job writing about something he has no idea about? 

chapman7
chapman7

Secondly - To say Fat Mike is homophobic is laughable at best. Just google 'Fat Mike homophobic" and read the 1st interview "Sex Advice from NoFX".


Like I said, an ax to grind.

chapman7
chapman7

"The response was tepid, almost nonexistent."  Dude, seriously, were you even at this show? That was one of the biggest responses I've seen to ANY show in Dallas for many, many years. I suspect you just have an ax to grind, not liking the band. And that's cool. But your review couldn't be more dead-wrong.

Halfniak
Halfniak

@NOFX-SUX  

saying nofx sucks makes you sound cool. that's primarily why guys like you who want to look punk say that.

squea0k182
squea0k182

@NOFX-SUX 
Hey the early 90's called and they want fucking old punker asshole back.  Wait, don't "call me white sucks"? Are you one of those younger Tea Party type dudes? hmmm

ryanlsumner
ryanlsumner

@JustSayingthe more clicks there are, the more traffic it creates, the more you can charge advertisers. ;)

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