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Pump Up the Valuum
Pump Up the Valuum
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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There are two sides to the punk coin. On one side, serious and somewhat political acts such as Fugazi are in it for the pulpit. NOFX is firmly stamped on the other side, where it's less soapbox than a threat of getting the...  more »


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All Artists: Nofx
Title: Pump Up the Valuum
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Epitaph / Ada
Original Release Date: 6/13/2000
Release Date: 6/13/2000
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Hardcore & Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 045778658428, 8714092658415, 8714092658422, 045778658466

There are two sides to the punk coin. On one side, serious and somewhat political acts such as Fugazi are in it for the pulpit. NOFX is firmly stamped on the other side, where it's less soapbox than a threat of getting their mouths washed out with soap. Not since the heyday of the Dead Milkmen has there been a more insincere and politically incorrect punk-rock outfit, and the world is a more entertaining place for it. Pump Up the Valium's lyrics are first-class juvenilia. The backwards fantasy "What's the Matter with Parents Today?" poses a Twilight Zone-like fantasy in which front man fat Mike laments how "Dad's dressing like Motley Crue" and "Mom's hair's dyed bright blue." There are also tracks such as "My Vagina" and "Herojuana," which are pretty self-explanatory. Some might find such nonstop irreverence tedious if the band weren't so tight while being impolite. --Jason Josephes

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NOFX Hit The Right Note
Ian Richards | 10/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After The Offspring and Blink 182 sold out, and Green Day turned to writing acoustic ballads, who could we turn to for real punk music? Who would continue churning out the immature lyrics that define punk rock? Try NOFX. 'Pump Up The Valuum' continues the punk tradition without turning as hardcore as the latest Rancid effort. If you're new to the band, and are offended in any way by frequent (and I do mean frequent) references to lesbians, vaginas and drug abuse, go listen to Britney Spears. If you (like me) think this is hilariously funny, get the damn record now. As an antidote to the formulaic chord sequences provided by most other bands, NOFX provide us with constantly changing riffs, and the songs as a whole are fantastic. The band's sense of humour is alive and kicking, as seen in the frantic and funny 'Clams Have Feelings Too (Actually They Don't)' - "Clams have the right to smile/Come to think about it they don't have a face." The album closer 'Theme From A NOFX Album', (possibly inspired by the Sex Pistols' 'Friggin' In The Rigging') also gives us some classic lines, while 'What's The Matter With Parents These Days?' puts a new twist on the generation gap. My only gripe with the album is its length - 30 minutes seems like a rip-off. But despite that, 'Pump Up The Valuum' is still crude, warped, degenerate, and absolutely brilliant."
The new NOFX
Bryan | Vancouver,Canada | 06/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's out! A new combination of classic punk with new edge from the kings of punk, NOFX. This long awaited release follows up the Decline with hard hitting, bass popping, riff filled punk rock. NOFX puts it on the block with their newest addition to the punk rock generation. This cd is filled with fast, hard, sometimes hilarious tracks to keep you moshin'. After the one song album, this cd returns to the roots of punk with a band that was there when it all began. NOFX is back!"
The inability to differentiate between good and bad music
xpabsx | Norfolk, Massachusetts United States | 05/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Well, as far as I can tell, all these kids that buy what they deem "punk" from really don't know BLAH about anything at all. Is this a vast generalization? yes, perhaps it is. Yet at the same time, I cannot believe people buy this album and then claim that Millencollin can match the melodies and tight guitar of Hefe and Melvin, or allude to "other great punk bands" like "blink 182 and Lagwagon." Um, hold on...Nofx's talent transcends all these 3-power-chord, MTV-ized, horrible, whiney bands. THis cd is not, in my opinion, Nofx's best in terms of what i would call topical genius. But, it is easy to realize the musical genius and developed talent of these guys. these other reviewers also warn the buyers of this cd "not to take nofx seriously." wait, so nofx has nothing of importance to say? Wait, have you ever listened to, like, the lyrics of, like, many of the of their other songs on, like, their other, like, 15 cds? or how about, like, all of the Decline? oh that's right, NO, you haven't! because you listen to good charlotte and call yourself punk, and then consequently go out and buy the new cd on display in the "punk" section of Tower REcords for 17.99 because it has a cool cover and sum 41 is next to it. this cd is tight and punk. but don't listen to me, go to tower records and see what they have to say about."