NOFX
Ribbed


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dan Smith USER (74 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 25 replies | 13,347 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I must say I was wary of buying this album, as I own almost every album that NOFX made with El Hefe on guitar, and I had my suspicions that this album (made in 1991, before the arrival of El Hefe) would be inferior to their later works. Upon listening, I thoroughly kicked myself for ever thinking that a NOFX album could be bad.
Okay, so I am a huge NOFX fan, and so you could accuse me of being biased, but I genuinely think that this album can stand its ground next to most of their newer albums. It shows the origins of their sound, and how they developed it, not to mention the humorous lyrics which are now a staple part of NOFX's songs.

So, here we go, track by track:

#1: GREEN CORN
Straight from the start you hear that typical NOFX sound put to good effect with speedy drumming and riffs and Fat Mike's distinctive nasal-yet-tuneful vocals. Not the best song on the album, but shows their talent for writing killer album-openers, this time with a absolutely mental wailing solo.

#2: THE MORON BROTHERS
A song about two dumb thugs, strangely catchy, with a nice breakdown of "do-do-do's" in the middle, and the anthemic chorus really adds to the effect. One of the better songs on the album.

#3: SHOWERDAYS
The albums first really big stand-out track (ok, so I heard it before I bought the album!), which caught my listening mainly due to the lightning fast bass intro. A joyous ode to hating showers and generally being a grubby bastard. The riffs are reminiscent of "The Death Of John Smith" from "The Longest Line" EP, but that EP does show how much Fat Mike's voice has improved since this album. Overall a very good song, and very memorable.

#4: FOOD, SEX, AND EWE
The first ska number on the album, and not a bad one, just not very memorable. Resist the initial urge to skip, and you'll find a reasonably good song.

#5: JUST THE FLU
After the release of "The War On Errorism" Fat Mike apparently got a lot of stick from people who thought NOFX shouldn't try to be political since they never had been before. Well these detractors should take a look at this song. Although not directly decrying any particular government, this song is a cautionary tale of the dangers of nuclear war and how it will eventually kill us all if it goes ahead. Sadly this is still a danger we face today, it seems NOFX can see into the future...

#6: EL LAY
A royal piss-taking of trumped up trendies from Los Angeles, this song is short and to the point, with a similar effect to short songs like "Murder The Government" and "Monosyllabic Girl". Another memorable and fantastic song.

#7: NEW BOOBS
This a close contender for best song on the album. Kicking in with a great intro featuring a traditional NOFX spazzout riff, this song continues the theme of ripping it out of rich americans which started in "El Lay", with Fat Mike moaning "My boobs are not as big as i want them to be, i want 36D". Not only is this a catchy and hilarious song, it also contains a sort of album interlude at the end, which is equally funny, but i wont spoil it for you.

#8: CHEESE / WHERE'S MY SLICE?
Two songs in one? Sounds good to me! "Cheese" is a short but pretty good song which serves as an intro to "Where's My Slice?" an anthemic rant at greedy bastards everywhere, and another contender for best song.

#9: TOGETHER ON THE SAND
It seems El Hefe was not the only NOFX guitarist who was capable of taking lead vocals on a funny song (see "Johnny Appleseed"), as Izzy Drew Lynn, the lead guitarist on this album wrote and performed this song on his own. Although it sounds as un-NOFX as is imaginable, this is hilarious, and sounds like a hula-girl hawaii sorta song. Excellent!

#10: NOWHERE
Another political song, written during the Cold War, and not a bad song either. Pretty standard.

#11: BRAIN CONSTIPATION
Somehow this song sounds really happy, despite the depressing lyrics, and is another album highlight, although not the best. Kinda reminds me of "August 8th" (from "Heavy Petting Zoo") but heavier.

#12: GONOHERPASYPHILAIDS
A song about the dangers of casual sex and AIDS etc. with the usual NOFX humorous twist. Good song, but again not the best.

#13: I DON'T WANT YOU AROUND
Possibly the best ska song NOFX have ever done; its catchy, its got brass, its got stupifyingly fast bass, and the signature ska chords. The rhythm is kinda offbeat, but it adds to the quirky effect of the song. Another contender for best song of the album, and one of the catchiest to boot.

#14: THE MALACHAI CRUNCH
What the title means, I'll never know, but this song is edgy, fast, powerful, and condemns gangs who beat up people for fun. Again, one of the best songs on the album, and a great ending track, with a great bridge section too.

Overall, this isn't NOFX's best album (I'd say either "Punk In Drublic," "Heavy Petting Zoo," or "So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes"), but nevertheless, it is incredibly good, and not too long either. If you are new to NOFX, I would suggest starting off with a newer album, or the greatest hits, and working backwards, but nevertheless, this is a great album in it's own right.

So...

BEST SONGS: Showerdays, El Lay, New Boobs, Where's My Slice, Together On The Sand, Brain Constipation, I Don't Want You Around, The Malachai Crunch.


THE VERDICT: 4/5



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spoon_of_grimbo
January 28th 2004



2240 Comments


****, i was supposed to give it points outta 5 wasnt i?!

VERDICT: :chug: 4 outta 5 stars :chug:

brycey
January 28th 2004



205 Comments


food, sex and ewe is the best song on the album, in my opinion.

great detailed review, but you could have edited it, instead of posting again.

:thumb:

peber
January 29th 2004



4 Comments


"The Malachi Brothers are bad guys from the old tv series 'Happy Days'. Each of them crunched the opposite side of Fonz and Pinkie Tuskadaro's car so they couldn't participate in a derby, that's where 'The Malachi Crunch' got it's name " off No-eff-eks.com

thor6622
January 30th 2004



1 Comments


i think this is their best album...i dunno why i guess i like the older sound. I mean i like everything by nofx, but there new stuff is almost too good. the older, "crappier" sound is better in my opinion

rancidpunk
February 1st 2004



26 Comments


Good review yeah id give it 4 out of 5 too :thumb:

Wiggles
March 21st 2004



4 Comments


Yeah it's a pretty standard 4/5 album. I always thought it started getting patchy towards the end but Malachi Crunch is a top song.

babaca
May 2nd 2005



5 Comments


"the riffs are reminiscent of "the death of john smith" from "the longest line e.p", but this song does show how much fat mike's voice has improved since then."

the longest line E.P. was written after this cd, with el hefe. his voice couldnt have improved since 'The Death of John Smith' cause it was written and recorded years after 'Shower Days'. you need to get your NOFX knowledge correct!

overall though, great cd. i would have gave it 4.5/5 its a great cd, but lacks that little extra punch to put it up with classics like white trash and punk in drublic

spoon_of_grimbo
May 4th 2005



2240 Comments


'scuse me cockbreath, i was tryin to say that the badness of his vocals in this song compared to later stuff (death of john smith for example) shows that his vocals have improved. i was fucking tired when i typed this review, gimme a fuckin break!

STFDood84
March 19th 2006



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First NOFX album I ever heard, and I'm biased towards it, so yeah, this rules. I just find it funny how Fat Mike says he hates metal but he writes these metal-ish guitar solos and riffs that show up on Liberal Animation all the way up to White Trash... the guitar is killer and the songs are NOFX at their prime or at least on the cusp of it... 4.5/5.

spoon_of_grimbo
March 19th 2006



2240 Comments


hates metal? then why the hell did they cover iron man lol?!

omg, just noticed that rant i posted up there ^^ that was a while ago, i must've been in a rly bad mood!

Gnarmageddon
March 19th 2006



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent album. Shows that guitar solos can fit in nicely with pop punk.

STFDood84
March 19th 2006



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Read the NOFX.org Q&A, it's in there somewhere. And he's said it in a lot of interviews as well. Just weird b/c Steve Kidwiler was a total 80's metalhead (Hefe tools on him skill-wise tho...) and his riffs were very Metallica-ish.

atheistpeace
March 20th 2006



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

do you think nofx will sue if i used brain contipation as the name of a band?

spoon_of_grimbo
March 20th 2006



2240 Comments


loadsa bands name themselves after other people's songs, and anyway, NOFX probably wouldn't care even if it was illegal!

Gnarmageddon
March 24th 2006



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=STFDood84]First NOFX album I ever heard, and I'm biased towards it, so yeah, this rules. I just find it funny how Fat Mike says he hates metal but he writes these metal-ish guitar solos and riffs that show up on Liberal Animation all the way up to White Trash... the guitar is killer and the songs are NOFX at their prime or at least on the cusp of it... 4.5/5.[/quote]
Ribbed and S&M Airlines featured Steve Kidwiller (spelling?), and basically he was a metalhead. So those two albums were influenced a lot by him, as you can tell if you listen to them and compare them to the later stuff when El Hefe joined. There are a lot more solos.

[quote=atheistpeace]do you think nofx will sue if i used brain contipation as the name of a band?[/quote]
No.This Message Edited On 03.24.06

Zebra
Moderator
March 24th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ribbed is one of my favorite Nofx albums. 'Morons Brothers' and 'Just the Flu' are my favorite tracks. The only problem is that the last half of the album doesn't even come close to being half as good as the first half of the album.

TurnTheOtherWay
May 12th 2006



459 Comments


Fat Mike hates metal. I think in the SLATFATS booklet it says in the thanks section he thanks all the bands that ever played with NOFX, then quickly follows that with (except the metal ones). So yeah, he hates it apperently.

spoon_of_grimbo
May 12th 2006



2240 Comments


haha, he's a damn liar! so many nofx riffs and basslines are reminiscent of metal, even the more recent stuff. he's a closet headbanger!

The Sludge
June 3rd 2006



2169 Comments


Woah, nice effect to the review by not adding any capitolizations, assuming its effect, lol.

spoon_of_grimbo
June 4th 2006



2240 Comments


actually, i made this review back when there was no sputnik, and the reviews bit was just in threads on musicianforums. back then, no1 seemed too bothered about capitalisations, spelling, grammar etc. il go edit it now, i got nothing to do anyway lol!



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