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 »ir 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« less
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
"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 amazon.com 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."
Read this and be ENLIGHTENED!?!
Chris Pollard | UK | 03/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While NOFX certainly don?t like the media and as far as I can see have tried to steer away from being a hugely successful band, which if they wanted to they could. Their latest full-length (not literally!) album Pump Up The Valuum see them getting ever more popular than they were before. Actually I would say that NOFX hate the media, with comments likes this you can see why: ??So a lot of people wonder why we don?t ever do interviews. Here are a few of our reasons, we mainly stopped because were tired of being exploited?? What they are basically saying is that they don?t want to be used in order to boost the sales of someone?s c****y magazine, they also don?t want to appear on teen magazines (I can sympathise!). NOFX are very happy with how successful they have become without the media and are quite happy to stay out of the mainstream. ~~A Little about NOFX ~~
They are a small punk band from someplace in America, who cares it is a very big place, they have had numerous albums, EP?s out so many that it is hard to remember them all. Their bass player, Fat Mike, set up his own record company, Fat Wreck Chords, which has many other successful (well not commercially, but successful) punk bands such as Lagwagon, Less Than Jake, No Use For A Name and many more. I?m sorry about that I appear to know less than I thought! The band consists of the following people, Melvin, Fat Mike, Smelly and El Hefe. ** By the way, never take NOFX seriously, their songs are jokes and so are the covers and inlays to their records! ** ~~Pump Up The Valuum~~
Released in 2000 this is NOFXs most recent release, although if I have not updated this before the next record please ignore. The front cover is unforgettable, it is a doll nurse, with a blue tint to her skin necking a bottle of pills. Anyway forget about that, lets talks about songs? * And Now For Something Completely Similar *
This is the first track the grace this gem on an album and is a stupid little song taking the ... out of TV channels and how they repeat a lot of the shows that they play. * Take Two Placebos And Call Me Laim *
This is the second song on the album and is a song about how it is c**p that people get used. The people being used should run away and hide somewhere so they can?t be used. * What?s The Matter With Parents Today? *
This is the third track on the CD and is ... take out of what?s the matter with kids today. In this song the roles are reversed and it is the kids getting stoned, drunk and hanging out where the kids should be. * Dinosaurs Will Die *
This is the fourth track on the CD and is an attack at corporate record companies. The Dinosaurs are these record companies and the only ones who will survive are those who write music for the love of it not for the money. * Thank God It?s Monday *
Here we are at the fith track and yet again another reversal of a popular say, ?Thank God Its Friday?. This song is about someone who only works on the weekend, so Mondays is his or her calling. * Clams Have Feeling Too (Actually They Don?t *
At the sixth track on the CD you must be thinking these people are weird and twisted, you?d probably be correct. This song is about comparing animals to different groups in society then singing about how bored clams must be with no feelings, which makes it okay to eat them. * Louise *
The seventh track on this CD is a lovely, clean, radio friendly song about a bloke named Louise! Actually scrub that, it is probably the last song that would be played on the radio. It is a song about a girl called Louise, who is a sex addict! * Stranger Than Fishin *
Welcome to the review of the eighth track on this CD, this is a song about strange things like how some musicians can make it, as they are so bad, or something like that? * Pharmacist?s Daughter *
On the ninth track on the CD the song is about how cool it would be to be in love with a pharmacist?s daughter! Lots of free drugs in return for his love! * Bottles To The Ground *
This is the tenth song on the CD, this song is about getting drunk. More specifically it is about how many rounds until you pass out or something along those lines? You make up your own mind if you decide to purchase this CD. * Total Bummer *
This is the eleventh track on this CD. It is a song about someone who doesn?t want to be lonely, sad and they can?t take it they just want everyone to go away. It is just the though of her that keeps him going? I think? * My V***na *
This is the twelfth track on this CD and is about a guy getting a sex change and all that this entails to the smallest detail. This is a very amusing song and would probably offend a few people, great lets play this one full volume! * Herojuana *
This is the thirteenth song on the CD and is a song about growing up and dr**s. Stating that the only real problem with dr**s is getting really good ones! And they want to know when tey get to make their own decisions. * Theme From A NOFX Album *
This is the last, fourteenth, song on the CD and is probably the worst. It is a nice little song, which is basically all about NOFX and how they got to where they are now and how they did it. It features an accordion, Timmy the Turtle, some really cool impressions from NOFX. ~~My Thoughts~~
If you are not into this kind of music or you are easily offended don?t get this, although I do say don?t take NOFX seriously! Apart from those of you this is a very good album and is worth the money that you will pay for it, unless you copy it, although I don?t recommend you do this, the inlay is adds to the feel of the CD, read it, it is very funny!"
vlad | Moscow, Russia | 08/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"NOFX is pleasefully refreshing this time. That drive, that energy and that real punk sound is what we have failed to have for a while. Now they're back, and everything is alright again. Turn it louder now!And never forget to pay a very special attention to: Take 2 Placebos and Call Me Lame, Dinosaurs Will Die, Louise (!), Pharmacist Daughter (! ), Bottles To The Ground, Total Bummer (! ), My Vagina, and Theme From a NOFX Album.The rest is less catchy but never worse than the mentioned tracks.In short, the cd is perfect. Less playable on the radio than The Offspring and Blink 182, nevertheless NOFX's got the real punk roots that feed all the three bands, and sounds very impressive and real punkish. Say good bye to some of your money and just buy this."