NOFX tour dates
Over the band's more than 30 years of activity, NOFX has managed to become one of the most influential and successful bands to grow out of the 1980's Los Angeles punk scene. After years spent touring underground clubs and playing house shows, the band has achieved enough popularity to headline concerts at venues and festivals.
Despite its long history, NOFX continues to release albums on the Fat Wreck Chords label owned by the band's singer/bassist Fat Mike. Some of the band's most popular albums include Punk in Drublic, Heavy Petting Zoo and I Hear They Suck Live!
NOFX was formed in 1983 by singer/bassist Michael Burkett (better known as Fat Mike) and guitarist Eric Melvin. Erik Sandin soon joined as the band's drummer. Aaron Abeyta (aka El Hefe) joined in 1991 as guitarist and trumpet player.
Fat Mike and Eric Melvin were both young, 16 and 17, respectively, when they started NOFX. At the time, they only had a rudimentary knowledge of playing their instruments and writing songs. Unperturbed by this, NOFX played countless shows throughout Southern California.
By the 1990s, NOFX had honed its playing and writing abilities. A slew of albums showed that the group could create catchy hooks as well as lyrics that alternated from profound to obscene, often within the same song.
NOFX's breakthrough album
NOFX gained early notoriety in Los Angeles for its chaotic shows and driving rhythms. The band didn't become a national success, though, until the release of its fifth studio album, Punk in Drublic in 1994. The album mixed a variety of punk rock styles, catchy riffs and irreverent humor. Punk in Drublic even borrows from reggae and country music styles, albeit in humorous ways. Many fans of punk rock still consider it a masterpiece of the genre.
Punk in Drublic has sold over 1 million albums. It reached No. 12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, a feat nearly impossible for a DIY band without exposure on radio and TV. Unlike most Southern California bands that benefited from a short-lived national interest in punk rock, NOFX didn't make music videos to publicize their releases. The band's members also shy away from most interviews.
NOFX released a tell-all autobiography titled NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories in 2016. The book provided a look into the troubled lives of the band's members, many of whom struggled with substance abuse, drug addiction and violence. True to the attributes that helped make NOFX popular, the book manages to reveal a harsh reality without losing a sense of humor.
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