NOFX
So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes


4.0
excellent

Review

by TurnTheOtherWay USER (8 Reviews)
March 26th, 2006 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


NOFX formed in Los Angeles in 1983. They had been around for quite a while when they released So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes in 1997. On this album, they tried to mix it up a bit. Along with the pop-punk/punk songs weíre used to from NOFX, they messed around with ska quite a bit, and shortened the length of most of the songs. Clocking in at around 33 minutes, the average length of the songs on So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes is slightly above 2 minutes (and even thatís been fluffed up by the silence leading to a hidden track at the end of the album), so it goes by fairly quickly for a 16-track album. Now, onto the review!

NOFX is:
Fat Mike Ė lead vocals, bass
Eric Melvin Ė guitar, backing vocals
El Hefe Ė guitar, backing vocals, trumpet
Smelly Ė drums

1. Itís My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite

NOFX starts out the album with a bang. Melvin pumps out some heavily distorted power chords in the intro, quickly to be joined by the rest of the band. Not much changes instrumentally as Fat Mike expresses his desire for punk rock to stay in the underground. Feedback takes us into the next track. A rather short song at 1:20, but still a highlight. 4.5/5

2. Kids of the K-Hole

The feedback at the end of the first track cuts out into a repeated bass note with the guitars playing little bursts of chords accompanied by Smelly on drums. This builds up nicely to the verses, in which Fat Mike sings over power chords, a standard punk drumbeat, and the occasional series of octaves on guitar. Melvin (I believe itís Melvin on lead, I could be wrong) throws in a nice, wailing fill every once in a while. All in all, a great song. 4/5

3. Murder the Government

A happy, upbeat song about destroying the government? I couldnít really see any other band writing songs like this. Some strumming of distorted major chords and lines of obliterating various symbols or factions of the government make this song unique at the very least. About halfway through, the major chords turn into power chords, but it still has a rather joyful sound. Itís over before it really begins, though, so I canít rate it that high. 3/5

4. Monosyllabic Girl

A song about Fat Mikeís love for a girl with a limited vocabulary. One thing I love about NOFX is that they can stick a song like this in between two fairly political numbers. It shows how diverse Fat Mike is as a songwriter. Nothing spectacular going on with the instruments, more or less just a four-chord progression and traditional punk drumming, but it sounds good together. Another extremely short song at only 54 seconds, however this one feels like it should be a short song, unlike Murder the Government, which felt like it was ended prematurely. 4/5

5. 180 Degrees

Another highlight. 180 Degrees opens with a hardcore sounding guitar riff similar to ďItís My JobÖ" at the beginning of the album, then kicks unexpectedly into a ska beat. Fat Mike gets a chance to show off his skill as a bass player on these ska parts when he doesnít tag along with Melvin or Hefe. This is one of the more political tracks on the album, and one of the best. 4.5/5

6. All His Suits Are Torn

A slower song that features palm-muted chords in the verses and somewhat quiet vocals from Fat Mike. This creates a dampened mood to the song, which seems to be about a man who worked hard to get somewhere, then threw it away. Not all that fond of this song. 3/5

7. All Outta Angst

This is your standard ska song. It features Hefe on horns during the breaks of singing. I really donít like ska, but Fat Mikeís walking bass line makes this song for me. However, I still feel itís one of the weaker songs on the album. But if you enjoy ska, youíll more than likely enjoy this. 2.5/5

8. Iím Telling Tim

Iím Telling Tim starts out with a simple chord progression thatís built upon by the second guitar and drums. In the verse, Fat Mike and Melvin trade lines over some standard NOFX instrumentation and randomly scattered pick slides. Nothing really special to be found here. 3/5

9. Les Champs Elysťes

This song opens up with some power chords in the intro before it bounces into a guitar-less verse, a rarity for NOFX. Fat Mike then flexes his bilingual muscles by singing in French. I donít speak French so I have no idea what heís singing about, but I think I heard a bonjour in there somewhere. Some nice horns in the chorus. 4/5

10. Dadís Bad News

Some bass begins Dadís Bad News before octave chords join it. The palm muting in the verse gives this song a darker feel than most NOFX songs. It seems to be about a father telling his son about a family curse. Decent track but not something youíll be skipping other songs to get to it. 3.5/5

11. Kill Rock Stars

A song about crazy feminists who just hate men. A lot. It starts with a call-and-answer between a guitar and synthesizer. Then it goes into a normal NOFX song. Energetic and punchy. However, it sounds generic and I can never remember what it sounds like unless I actually go listen to it. 3/5

12. Eat the Meek

Here we are. The masterpiece of the album. Eat the Meek doesnít sound like any other NOFX song Iíve heard up to this point. This is a reggae song, with a fabulous bass line. This bass line is my favorite part of the album. The whiny harmonies in the chorus actually seem to add to the song. This could very well be my favorite NOFX song. I feel it tops the ď45 or 46 Songs" version. 5/5

13. The Desperationís Gone

This song enters the song with a bass line that slowly is accompanied by the other instruments before it explodes into the verse. Fat Mike sings about how radio rock sounds all the same without any variation. Goes by a lot quicker than itís 2:24 time would suggest (Yes, I realize how ridiculous that sounds). 4/5

14. Flossing a Dead Horse

A NOFX instrumental. This features Hefe on trumpet. Thereís also a nice walking bass line. Fat Mike shows that when heís not following the guitars he can write some damn good lines. The guitar slowly builds throughout, starting by strumming some clean chords, and finally kicking on the distortion to pick up the beat near the end. 4/5

15. Quart in Session

A nice little song about how boring soberness is. The guitar in the chorus sounds a lot like the guitar in Iím Telling Tim. This song uses a guitar heavily under the influence of some heavy effects at near the end. Either that or a keyboard, and I couldnít really see NOFX using a keyboard. 3.5/5

16. Falling in Love

The closer of the album starts with a soft little riff accompanied by drums with a dampened effect on them to make them sound far away. Distortion, another guitar, and bass come in to give it more force. Then this all cuts out leaving Fat Mike singing about a plane crash that doesnít seem so bad because heís with his love. Fat Mike shows that he can write romantic lyrics and not just ones about lesbians and crabs and stuff. The short length hurts this song. I feel this could have been around the level of Eat the Meek if it was stretched to at least 3 minutes. However, itís still an excellent end to an excellent album. 4.5/5

There is a hidden track after Falling in Love. Itís part of the Howard Stern Show in which one of the King of All Mediaís DJís plays ďDrugs Are Good". Stern quickly shows his displeasure with the song choice and re-names the band ďNo Talent". Good stuff.

All in all, this is a very solid release by NOFX. Although there is a ton of variation, some songs do sound alike. Iíd recommend this to fans of pop-punk and ska, and certainly a NOFX fan.

Recommended Tracks:
Itís My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite
180 Degrees
Eat the Meek
Falling in Love

Keep in mind this is my first review, so try not to be too harsh on it. Any constructive criticism is welcomed. Thank you for reading.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
kno_kontrol
March 27th 2006


448 Comments


good review for your first review, even though I think this is their best album. And as for the keyboard thing on Quart in Session, its a keyboard, and they do use it in a few other songs, most Notably Franco Unamerican off of TWoE

pretty damn good review though,

RandyfromPennywise
March 27th 2006


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

What Plath said. I find track-by-track reviews tedious. Nothing against this because you've put a fair amount of effort in to it and it's detailed, but doing it track-by-track doesn't really cover the overall feel of the album, how it flows, the attitude etc., which I think is especially important for an album such as SLATFATS.

Keep reviewing though because it's a very good first review.

SLATFATS is a great, great album! NOFX? More like NOTalent!

I rate The Desperation's Gone 5/5.

TurnTheOtherWay
March 27th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the comments so far.

I find track-by-track reviews tedious.


And I agree with you. A track-by-track seemed like the simplest format, so I used that since it was my first review. Well, it turned out that I had to do a lot more work then if I just did an overall review. I'll probably do more of an overall type review next time.

Also I didn't realize how big this was when I typed it up in Word. Whoa...This Message Edited On 03.27.06

spoon_of_grimbo
March 29th 2006


2241 Comments


id mostly agree, althouth all outta angst, dads bad news, and quart in session should all be at least 4, if not 5 IMO.

Mike Rakhabit
April 19th 2006


34 Comments


Nice review 'cept quart in session, murder the government and im telling tim all eserved 4 at leats. One of the better NOFX albums in my view.

TurnTheOtherWay
April 19th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a note: I tend to rate individual songs fairly low. Songs like Dad's Bad News and Quart In Session are good songs. The others like All Outta Angst (even though I'm biased against ska) and Murder the Government I gave reasons for.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2006


15737 Comments


Wait a minute.... The Champs Elysees... we sang that song in FRENCH CLASS HOLY CRAP!

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

TurnTheOtherWay
April 19th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your French class kicks major ass then.
It probably wasn't the NOFX version (I think they covered it, not sure), but still, that's awesome. The only thing we (well, the teacher at least) sing in Spanish are cheesy Spanish love songs.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2006


15737 Comments


Oh yeah it wasnt the NOFX version.

metallicaman8
April 19th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm never really been able to get into "NOFX". In my opinion they cost to much on humor, instead of relying on their musical abilities. exaple: if i recall correctly in one of their songs the lyrics are as follows "I gotta pee, I gotta pee, I gotta pee, I gotta poo

Zebra
Moderator
April 19th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album got old quickly. Songs like Kids of the K-Hole and 180 Degrees are very well done but some tracks are just terrible (Quart in Session/Dad's Bad News). My favorite song is probably All Outta Angst just because I love the trumpet playing.
This was a detailed review, and I enjoyed the tbt input just because I own this album.


TurnTheOtherWay
April 19th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, that was on their B-sides album. I'm pretty sure that wasn't a serious song. There's actually some nice guitar work done on Pump Up The Valuum. If you want some more serious NOFX, check out the War On Errorism and Wolves in Wolves' Clothing. Those are more politically-based.
Personally, I love NOFX humor. Adds to the music at times IMO.

metallicaman8
April 19th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I actually do like some of their music, just not alot. "Drugs Are Good" is a good song

smokersdieyounger
May 7th 2006


672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really want to get this album, NOFX think its thier best one.

Pyramidman
May 7th 2006


1340 Comments


is their albim name a homage to hitchhikers guide to the galaxy?

cause if it is then i will buy the album right now

TurnTheOtherWay
May 7th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think it is in a way. Either way, buy it now. It's some good shit.This Message Edited On 05.07.06

RandyfromPennywise
July 15th 2006


752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hey just a tip, in the conclusion it should be "All in all", not "All and all".

I think I might review this album in the near future. Although this one [review] is good, of the three done on this album, one is a blurb and two are track-by-tracks, so I might do one that is neither of those. SLATFATS for the win.

sublime3xc
January 14th 2007


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

excellent album. definately worth downloading.
Eat the meek is an amazing song.

Rice
January 14th 2007


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dont dl this. buy it

Doppelganger
July 23rd 2007


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's just not rockin'



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