NOFX
They've Actually Gotten Worse Live


4.0
excellent

Review

by pogostick1 USER (10 Reviews)
November 20th, 2007 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: NOFX are a bunch of liars. This record is very good. And they havn't gotten worse live.

This is NOFX’s 2nd live album, a follow up to their 1995 live record ‘I Heard they Suck Live’, and they do capture the essence of a live show nicely with the mix of songs and comedy. However, people picking up this live album before the other one may be slightly confused at the lack of some of NOFX’s best hits such as ‘Linoleum’, ‘the Brews’ and ‘Bob’, and other staple tracks. This album though, has some other well liked songs as well as rarities and B-sides played live, and no songs cross over with the other album.

The sound quality is perfect, very clear without feeling too overproduced and virtually all the tracks have a different side to them than their studio recorded counterparts. For example, ‘You’re Wrong’ ‘Scavenger Type’ and ‘Whoops I OD’d’ all have been transformed from acoustic to traditional all instrument versions, whereas there is a dub version of ‘March to the beat of Indifferent Drum’ which is also very interesting. To humorous effect the lyrics to tracks are often changed under improvisation, to combine already poignant songs with recent affairs in Iraq, particularly with tracks such as ‘Murder the Government’ and ‘Franco Un-American’.

The banter between tracks is often hilarious but occasionally misses the target and when it does, this is the records weakest aspect. Perhaps for some of the jokes you may have needed to be in ‘San Fran’ at the time to ‘get’ them, and if comedy revolving around drugs, alcohol and other slightly dubious topics isn’t for you, then you should perhaps give it a miss; but for the most part a good job is done of transferring the irreverent humour from the stage to the CD.

However, fans of the band should enjoy it, and when the band plays their music the record really soars, particularly the faster tracks; they are truly fantastic. There are excellent renditions of ‘The Longest Line’, ‘Green Corn’ and ‘I’m Telling Tim’ on the disc among others. During one track, fan favourite ‘Lori Meyers’ the band play a few seconds of the intro then stop playing, upsetting the crowd who howl their sadness, before driving back into the song with venom.

The only real disappointment is at the end of the CD, when the band says they will play 'one more song', and that it’s ‘really long’, and some sections of the crowd start to cheer, as they know what’s coming. As the first dramatic, forceful beats come out, an ecstatic wave comes out and ‘The Decline’ starts to play. However, only for a minute and a half or so, because then it fades out and the record ends, which is a sad thing, as because it was not listed on the main track listing, but in the artwork when it started playing, I for one, was delighted. Perhaps with a full version of ‘The Decline’ the CD would have deserved a five star rating, but as it is, it ends in a crushing disappointment. On reflection though, its hard not to be slightly amused as you get the feeling the band are teasing you, and they know full well what they’ve done, as El Hefe does during the break during ‘Lori Meyers’; he yells to the disappointed crowd after they stop playing, “It’s too late now, we already got your money! F**k ya’ll!’.

To be honest they deserve it.

PS
(The solution to disappointment at the end of the disc when the Decline fades away is just to hit the play button again, and listen to this great live record one more time, ok?)


Track Picks:

You're Wrong
Franco Un-American
The Longest Line



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Comments:Add a Comment 
spoon_of_grimbo
November 20th 2007


2241 Comments


i lol'd when i read the bit about the decline at the end!!! if it was any other band i'd be pissed off, but it just seems like another nofx joke. i'll probably pick this up.

dub sean
November 20th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i will be pickin this shit up today

albert_bass
November 20th 2007


34 Comments


It's a cool live album and a good review.

On other account, I saw NOFX live on friday for the first time ever and they played all of "The Decline". I know you hate me (or not).

Serpento
November 20th 2007


2351 Comments


Hmm, I've heard NOFX are better live than in the studio. I might pick this or their first live album up.

Willie
Moderator
November 20th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the better live reviews I've seen lately... pos
... and I'll definitely be getting this.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Intransit
November 20th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I basically agree on all counts. The Decline being on there would make this probably a 5. Glass War live rules, and it's nice to hear a full band version of You're Wrong now.

204409
Emeritus
November 20th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I was going to review this but if it's already covered...

Mediocre album. Fun tracks with a few fun lyrical reinventions but in general it's just NOFX being NOFX but a little worse.

Willie
Moderator
November 20th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

NoFx being NoFx can't be too bad... ;)

204409
Emeritus
November 20th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never thought I'd say this but NOFX is too drunk on these recordings.

Doppelganger
November 21st 2007


3124 Comments


Album is seriously lacking in the "The Decline" department.

pogostick1
November 21st 2007


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have to say, i LOVE el Hefe's cackling laugh during the break in lori meyers, it's beautiful.

PhoenixRising
November 21st 2007


277 Comments


"Album is seriously lacking in the "The Decline" department."
They can't play the decline because they are actually terrible live. They dont care though, so its cool.

NOFX in a nutshell: http://www.mitchclem.com/nothingnice/395/

pogostick1
November 22nd 2007


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"They can't play the decline because they are actually terrible live. They dont care though, so its cool. "

haha that is a load of rubbish.
04/11/07, London Brixton Academy.

they played the decline perfectly, the full song. it was ridiculously good. they did not even make one error, it was flawless and beautiful. i heard they also played it on their other 3 UK dates, and i couldnt tell you how good it was cause i only saw the london one. and that was a fantastically tight rendition of it.This Message Edited On 11.22.07

jebus FX
November 23rd 2007


302 Comments


sounds fun, probably picking this up tomorrow

McP3000
November 23rd 2007


3941 Comments


I hate this band with a passion

dub sean
November 27th 2007


980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So I got this and I can't rate it yet because I only listened once
But it's teh awesomesauce

Intransit
November 27th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Phoenix you are kinda really stupid. They play the Decline the whole way through flawlessly almost every show now it seems. Don't talk until you have a clue as to what you are actually talking about.

Edit: Sorry, just noticed you were digging Tenacious D. I don't know why I would have even bothered reading what you said. This Message Edited On 11.27.07

jebus FX
December 1st 2007


302 Comments


Just got this and I gotta say it's simply AWESOME, i laughed a lot between some songs, these guys REALLY know how to play a live show.

AndyRictor2000
December 20th 2007


146 Comments


in response to McP3000, Texas sucks. I'm guessing you dislike this band because they criticize bush so much. And we all know Texas would be much better without Texans.

Serpento
December 20th 2007


2351 Comments


thats like how i hate rise against cause im an AMERICAN

Dumbest argument I've ever seen. NOFX are just bad, deal with it.This Message Edited On 12.20.07



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