NOFX
So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
October 13th, 2012 | 83 replies | 3,462 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of NOFX's most overlooked albums. The perfect mix of punk and ska.

In 1997, three years after the fan favorite Punk in Drublic, NOFX released the often overlooked So Long and Thanks for all The Shoes. It’s one of their most likeable albums, containing 16 songs packed with ska influences and their usual brand of humor.

The album gets off to a nice start with the aggressive opener ‘It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite’. The song takes a stab at “sell outs“ and has lines like "Music ain't your fucking industry". Other songs are extremely short but catchy such as ‘Murder The Government’ or ‘Monosyllabic Girl’. The band also show off their more creative side on songs like ‘Flossing A Dead Horse’, which is an upbeat ska instrumental, or on the ninth track where Mike sings in French alongside catchy horns. As usual, the lyrics in some songs are satirical and just downright hilarious making it a really fun record.

Most of the tracks are short and fast paced, but some are longer and are brought to life with trumpets and some surprisingly good vocals by Fat Mike. He’s never been the most impressive singer, but ‘Eat The Meek’ contains what could be the best vocal performance in his entire career. Not only is it the best song on the album, but it’s one of the most enjoyable ska songs I’ve ever heard.

It’s really hard not to enjoy So Long and Thanks for all the Shoes. It’s not their first album to mix in ska influences, but it’s the first one to do so flawlessly. Most the songs also have a more lighthearted feel to them than usual , making it a harmless little record. The album is the perfect mixture of punk and ska and it’s sure to please any fans of NOFX or those who fancy themselves some upbeat horns.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012



19464 Comments


Short review but cool album. Here's a stream on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFUYdX6Hgss

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012



19464 Comments


yea but it's still awesome. It's actually the first NOFX abum I ever bought.

Ire
October 13th 2012



41749 Comments


one of the better nofx albums

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012



49799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not one of their most overlooked by a long shot, it's a fan favorite, has more ratings than White Trash on here too

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012



19464 Comments


Well I always hear people going on and on about the decline or punk in drublic but I hardly ever hear people mention this album.

KILL
October 13th 2012



70599 Comments


bands not even that good god dammit

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KILL
October 13th 2012



70599 Comments


andcas your witty humour never ceases to amaze

Cygnatti
October 13th 2012



21349 Comments


why can't we all just luv one another? :3

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GiaNXGX
October 13th 2012



4867 Comments


And WW2.

GiaNXGX
October 13th 2012



4867 Comments


Atari are you becoming skeletor? Damn..

KILL
October 13th 2012



70599 Comments


andcas seems to be really heterophobic lately i'm not sure why hes so pissed????????

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012



19464 Comments


@XGX, this is just a really short review all my reviews arent like this. But yeah I'm gonna do my best to post a review every day ;)

Cygnatti
October 13th 2012



21349 Comments


because republicans

oh wait, I'm not supposed to answer my own question damn

KILL
October 13th 2012



70599 Comments


comin to take you bitches back

Cygnatti
October 13th 2012



21349 Comments


but what about canadia!

MMX
October 13th 2012



4784 Comments


They got turkey Bacon & Maple Syrup. What about them?

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Ire
October 13th 2012



41749 Comments


bands not even that good god dammit


too merican 4 u faggot

musicalgenius
October 13th 2012



147 Comments


but every member in the band is from brazil

TomArnoldsArmpit
October 13th 2012



2994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome record

TomArnoldsArmpit
October 13th 2012



2994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty sure he's speaking french on track 9, not spanish. dumbass.



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