Formed in Berkeley, California, in 1983 and relocating to Los Angeles not long afterwards,
steered clear of major labels and commercial exposure over the course of their career, recording an impressive number of full-length albums plus an assortment of EPs and singles. The band started out as a trio comprised of vocalist/bassist
quit shortly thereafter and was replaced by Scott Aldahl for only two weeks, at which point
also joined in 1986, but his tenure was tragically cut short by a fatal car accident.
's touring schedule had become far-ranging and rigorous. The EP
's own Fat Wreck Chords label in 1987.
, which was released on the legendary punk label Epitaph; the band remained there ever since, despite the release of several albums -- such as 1995's
-- and EPs on Fat Wreck Chords, which gradually grew into a premier stable of punk revival artists.
Having appeared on 1990's Ribbed
and 1991's Liberal Animation
(which was actually recorded in 1988), Kidwiller
left the band in 1991, and Aaron Abeyta
became the permanent second guitarist (as well as trumpeter), adopting the nickname El Hefe
. Dragged into the mainstream spotlight by the mid-'90s success of labelmates Bad Religion
and the Offspring
compensated with albums like 1992's White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean
that were even closer to the anti-commercial extreme, exemplified by White Trash
's accompanying single, "Please Play This Song on the Radio," which lured un-alert radio programmers with a tight melody, but ends with a stream of obscenities. The El Hefe
-anchored lineup continued to blossom with 1994's Punk in Drublic
; often regarded as the band's best, the album was eventually certified gold. Releases on Fat Wreck Chords continued throughout the '90s, as did the full-length Epitaph albums, like 1996's grungier, less uptempo Heavy Petting Zoo
, 1997's punkier So Long & Thanks for All the Shoes
, and 2000's Pump Up the Valuum
and Bottles to the Ground
; the latter album followed an experimental Fat Wreck Chords EP titled The Decline
, which consisted entirely of the 18-minute title track. Next up was the Surfer
EP, which showcased select sloppy cuts in spring 2001, with the first 500 copies on colored vinyl.
In 2002, NOFX
sifted through countless tapes and recording sessions, eventually collecting 47 songs for 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records. "Pimps and Hookers," which was the only new song on the album, was recorded in one day. Later that year, BYO Records got the band to release the NOFX
split album BYO Split Series, Vol. 3
. This particular album had Rancid
covering six NOFX
tracks while NOFX
returned the favor by switching up six Rancid
songs. The four-song EP Regaining Unconsciousness
came out in March 2003 and served as a teaser for May's The War on Errorism
, released on Fat Wreck and littered with political criticisms. Given the band's outspoken and leftist nature, it was not surprising when they launched Punk Voter, a movement of punk bands that sought to politically empower disenfranchised youth and vote George W. Bush out of office. The organization still remained in action, even after Bush's 2004 re-election. Back on the music front, NOFX
next released the EP Never Trust a Hippy
in March 2006, the full-length Wolf in Wolves' Clothing
one month later, and the live album They've Actually Gotten Worse Live!
the following year. The band's 11th studio album, Coaster, arrived in 2009, paired with a documentary of the band's international 2008 tour in the form of the Fuse network's series Backstage Passport
. In 2012 NOFX
offered up a more self-aware set of songs on their 12th studio album, Self Entitled. A number of singles followed, and were collected on 2013's Stoke Extinguisher, which featured a new track, as well as the b-sides from the previous years 7" releases. Fat Mike
spent much of 2014 writing songs for a punk rock musical entitled Home Street Home. Along with the rest of NOFX
, he collaborated with members of Alkaline Trio, Dance Hall Crashers, The Living End and even Tony Award winning vocalist Lena Hall on the soundtrack, which arrived in early 2015 as the final touches were put on the theatrical production.