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So long and thanks for all the shoes is the seventh studio album from the American punk band nofx. It was released near the end of 1997 and they had already had many successful albums before the release of this one so expectations were upon them to do another good album.
The first track off the album gets it off to a good start, its called its my job to keep punk rock elite, it's a fast paced punk song, in fact more of a rock song in parts however its got a really great singing melody and the drums are probably the main highlight to this one.
Murder the government is the third song off the album, it starts off with some really slow singing which sounds good but then the instruments come in and the song really gets going, however there isn't really any verses to it and it's a really short song but I think if it was longer it could be a really good song.
I'm telling Tim in my favourite song off this album, its track number eight and it's a really good fast punk song but its not really an upbeat one like I usually like from the band, there's something about his singing and the guitar that goes with it that sounds a bit lower than usual but it's a nice sound and the lyrics are catchy so this of definitely works well.
Eat the meek is a kind of ska song from the boys, it starts off with ska up notes and a saxophone and then the really slow singing comes in, it's a totally different style to anything iv heard them do before but its sounds great and the versus sound particularly good, I just never tire of hearing this one.
1. It's My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite
2. Kids of the K-Hole
3. Murder the Government
4. Monosyllabic Girl
5. 180 Degrees
6. All His Suits Are Torn
7. All Outta Angst
8. I'm Telling Tim
9. Champs Elysees
10. Dad's Bad News
11. Kill Rock Stars
12. Eat the Meek
13. Desperation's Gone
14. Flossing a Dead Horse
15. Quart in Session
16. Falling in Love
This is just a fantastic album from nofx, it offers so much in terms of different styles of song and its also one of their longer albums at 16 tracks too, all of which are excellent as well so if you're a fan of the band and haven't got this one yet make sure you go buy it.
All things considered, this might well be NOFX's finest hour, in terms of a full-length studio album. It might not have garnered them the most commercial success, but in terms of establishing a sound, finding a musical identity, displaying maturity within the puerile humour and controversial lyrics, and belting out fast, frenetic and cleverly written punk rock ditties, this delivers better than much that went before it, and much that has come since, from NOFX.
There are several recurring themes that all fans know are to be expected of a NOFX album, and they all appear on this album: attacks on the government, attacks on the music industry, and songs about drinking and partying, interspersed with commentaries on society, and hitting out at their critics.
The album starts as it means to go on, with "Punk Rock Elite" being the perfect opener. Fast, angry, and with anarchy coursing through its veins, before you have chance to recover, you're quickly into "Kids of the K-Hole". There are many highlights on this album, but I won't bore you with them all here.
Suffice to say, this hits all the right notes and then some. If you're a NOFX fan, you need this in your collection. If you're just learning about what NOFX are all about, this would be the perfect album to start you on your journey.
NOFX are and have been for absolutely aggeeesss now one of my most favoured punk bands! I bought this album quite a while ago now and i also own their more recent 'Pump Up The Valuum'. These are both amazingly good and humourous albums but i prefer So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes because not only does it have a cool title, but it is filled with some of NOFX's best works. NOFX are - Erik Sandin on drums, Eric Melvin on guitar, El Hefe on guitar and Fat Mike on bass and vocals. This album is their 5th release i think but i am also aware of countless mini-albums that have been released before-hand. Fat Mike and his merry men are the band most likely to be taking the piss out of someone or some particular thing/issue in their songs and if you listen to the lyrics you can usually work out what theyre trying to get across! Fat Mike has a very distinctive gruff voice that can be instantly recognised and also sets NOFX apart from a lot of other punk bands. They have their very own style of punk which is different to that of various other groups and so individualises and personalises their sound. I have never seen NOFX live but have heard that they are good and so as soon as they come on tour im booking tickets - for now ill have to stick with listening to the cds! Fine by me!! As is usual for punk bands almost every song on this album is 3 minutes or under making them short, catchy but still amazingly good! The cover and inlay designs for So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes are very simple using a combination of just three colours based on neopolitan ice cream and showing pictures of the !!stunners!! themselves...lol! The inlay also gives you the lyrics for each song which is helpful to stop you from making yourself look stupid when you attempt to sing along!! Another good point about this album is that its one of those that really does wind your parents up so its great for that extra emphasis on the door slammi
ng to really get them mad!! With every track NOFX's very individual and slightly off-kilter humour shines through and it is very enjoyable to listen to! The songs themselves are very energetic and some are also quite mellow which is something you dont often find on a NOFX album! I wouldnt play this album or in fact any of NOFX's stuff to your granny though as some songs may be thought of as offensive!! The tracks on this album are as follows - 1. Its My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite 2. Kids Of The K-Hole 3. Murder The Government 4. Monosyllabic Girl 5. 180 Degrees 6. All His Suits Are Torn 7. All Outta Angst 8. I'm Telling Tim 9. Champs Elysees 10. Dad's Bad News 11. Kill Rock Stars 12. Eat The Meek 13. The Desperations Gone 14. Flossing A Dead Horse 15. Quart In Session 16. Falling In Love Each and every one od the sixteen tracks on this great album are fantastic and never get old, the lyrics are somewhat thought-provoking but very funny and amusing to listen to but you really shouldnt take anything NOFX have ever said seriously!! I bought this album for under a tenner at The Rock Box in Camberley which is a great independent music store near where i live! If youre looking for fun, energy and catchy tunes then NOFX are definitely for you, you might not hear much of them as they arent very commercialised and dont appear on radio but they are still great musicians and have an amazing presence, even if it is only on your stereo!! I definitely recommend that anyone who has heard of and liked anything by NOFX gets this album because it really is a great work!!
Some great songs, but most are too short and aren't involved enough. "Pump Up the Valuum" is better. - Advantages: Lots of tracks on the album, Variation: a little something for everyone (even some ska), Happy and enlightneing (for when you're feeling down) - Disadvantages: Every song is incredibly short (some under one minute), Not really worth the money, as it's usually expensive, Not a very interesting cover (normally the band's covers are more original and humorous)
I first heard of NOFX from a friend at school, I had heard a couple of songs that I liked, and I thought I may as well get one of their albums, especially as this one was only a tenner. The album kicks off with the fast paced and overdriven 'It's my job to keep punk rock elite' other highlights are the slowed down 'all his suits are torn' and my personal favourite 'dad's bad news'. <01>It's my job to keep punk rock elite-"This music aint your f***in industry" <02>Kids of the K-hole-"cause I promised my heart to her, she cooked it medium well, then proceded to swallow it whole" <03>Murder The Government-"I wanna pull and shoot the NRA" <04>Monosyllabic Girl-"Oh everyone knows I'm in love with a monosyllabic girl" <05>180 degrees-"Go ahead, work, waste you life away" <06>All His Suits Are Torn-"Others just say who the hell is he and why should we care for him?" <07>All Outta Angst-"Society don't bother me theres something wrong with that" <08>I'm Telling Tim-"Cause it's not what you've done it's what you've been" <09>Champs Elysees-There are no lyrics on the cover to this(It's in french). <10>Dad's bad news-"You can see it from the hole in his head, a saner man would have used a bigger gun" <11>Kill Rock Stars-"Can't change the world by hatinh men" <12>Eat The Meek-"The factory mass producing fear, bottled" <13>The Desperation's Gone-"The blood leak from my head kinda concerned my friends" <14>Flossing A Dead Horse-Instrumental <15>Quart In Session-"Nothing seems much fun anyomre to me now that I quit the drink" <16>Falling In Love-"Death do
n't seem so bad, 'cause I'm with you" (hidden track at about 4:15 it gets cut off after a bit but i would have liked to have heard the whole song) The album as a whole is very uplifting and has sixteen tracks for only £10. But being punk, the longest song is 3:30, and the shortest at only 46 seconds. NOFX are: -Erik Sandin-Drums -Eric Melvin-Guitar -Fat Mike-Bass, Vocals -El Hefe-Guitar
From start to finish this album contains some of the finest punk tracks ever recorded. In the majority of songs there are fast drum loops and speedy guitar playing which is perfect for parties and getting in the mood to go out. I think this album proves that punk is still very much alive and as they put it "its there job to keep the punk elite". I think this is one of the finest punk albums ever and I suggest you go out there and buy it. If you have not had much experience with nofx or punk all together then I suggest this is the album for you. What bands are they like? Well they are not really like any other band they really are the only punk rock band worth listening to. How does it compare to their other albums? I think that this is probably there best album. The songs are consistently good. Not that the other albums are not any good I just think that this one is the finest, the peak of their career if you like. So go buy the damn thing.
NOFX founded in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1983 and despite a slow start, they have managed to become one of the most omportant names in Punk. Musically we can be forgiven for ever believing that NOFX lack talent, but as the music depicts more than just enjoyable choruses, they have produced a number of cracking albums, all of which are lyrically humorous. Having started on the 'Mystic Records' label, NOFX finally moved to Epitaph, a label that had the NOFX interests at heart. Following Liberal Animation (1988), S&M Airlines (1990), Ribbed (1991) and White Trash, Two Heebs And A Bean (1992), Punk in Drublic (1994) was released. The pumping guitars liven almost every inch of this record whilst the somewhat whiny voice of lead singer 'Fat' Mike retains all punk vocal authenticity, the upbeat style helping the music hang in the head for days after. This style lasts until the last two songs which help you to settle down into life's normal routines once again. For all the punk that exists, NOFX have created what is at the pinnacle of this scene. The afficionados can't have missed this album. A year later We Heard They Suck Live (1995) was released. It combined a true punk rock show with all the usual NOFX antics and self-created immaturity. NOFX can be truly appreciated live, the album doing them justice, leaving the listener wishing they had caught the band live sometime, unless of course you have already experienced one of the greatest shows in the world for yourself. After Heavy Petting Zoo (1996) NOFX released the vibrant So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes (1997). So Long kicks off with the most impressive energy charged track as a virtual introduction for what is to follow. However the style changes quite abruptly. The NOFX attitude to life is captured in a short track aptly named Murder The Government. This view cannot be widely shared but it makes for a truly rocking track that aids rebell
ious teenagers in their search for individuality. So Long incorporates a wider range of musical styles, from the Ska influenced trumpet tracks to Champs Elysées, a catchy version of a French song. The album ends with the penultimate song providing the best lyrical attitude to fame "My parents said I had no common sense but now look at who's got all the dough" . The amusing bonus track is as genuinely disrespectful to themselves as it can get, but a view that is unlikely to be commonly shared amongst the mainstream following. The most recent addition to the NOFX anthology is Pump Up The Valuum (2000), another truly masterful creation.
Contrary to what one of the other reviewers said, you should take punk seriously. Whilst on the surface this CD may appear to be utterly hilarious but if you really listen to the lyrics you will discover hidden meanings. "It's my job to keep punk rock elite" for example may appear to be a slightly arrogant and biggoted song to start with but when you put it in context of the punk bands selling out to majors and corporate labels it all makes sense. "Murder the government" may also seem funny but there is a serious undertone. The original version was from an EP called 'F*** The Kids' and featured more lyrics. The album may appear to be funny and whilst some tracks certainly are, it is still a serious CD. The punk idealogy still lives on and So-Cal bands such as NOFX are flying the flag for what is quickly becoming a scene dominated by wannabes. As for the CD being short, there are very few punk CDs that top 30 mins long.
Whoever said punk is dead? Well you've obviously forgotten the small matter of a band called NOFX. These guys are pure punk, and they offer much more on their cd's such as comical bonus style tracks, this cd is no different! Upon borrowing this from a friend I had heard their previous stuff, and was expecting more of the same, however this it was, but I didn't instantly take to it. It seemed monotomous, and exactly the same as 'White Trash Two Heebs and A Bean'. But as I listened to it for a third, and four time, the album grew on me, it is now a staple part of my punk diet, and I cannot survive a day without my NOFX. The songs cover various issues ranging from the fact you should kill the government, or that you shouldn't trust your granfather. Obviously, as with all punk, it is not to be taken seriously, and that is one of the reasons why this cd is so much of a hit with me, the album is quite obviously out to make the audience happy, which I would like to add it does successfully.
I'm not the biggest punk fan myself but being a skateboarder I borrowed this off a mate and I would have to say that it is unbelievable. I enjoy fast music and this is all that. If you prefer something slower than perhaps you should try an older NOFX title. If anyone questions the life of punk this is your answer, I can't find any faults at all with this album, it is definately NOFXs best and if your a fan of Pennywise or Offspring your like it. If not than it probably isn't for you. You should be able to find this Cd in must music shops, such as virgin and HMV but if not than amazon.com is the place for you.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 180 Degrees
2 I'm telling Tim
3 Dad's Bad News
4 Falling In Love
5 Kill Rock Stars
6 Punk Rock Elite
7 Murder The Government
8 Stuck In The K Hole Agin
9 Desperation's Gone
10 All Outta Angst
11 Champs Elysees
12 Quart In Session
13 Mono Syllabic Girl
14 Eat The Meek