NOFX
The War on Errorism


3.5
great

Review

by Mister Mop USER (12 Reviews)
August 20th, 2006 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


War On Errorism

NOFX was formed in 1983, in Berkeley, CA, but soon after relocated to Los Angelos. During their lengthy career, NOFX has steered clear of major labels and commercial rubbish but has still managed to release quite a few full length albums and EPs.

NOFX at the time were:
- Smelly – Drums
- Fatty – Bass & Vocals
- El Hefe – Guitar
- Melvin – Guitar

The Review:
The band started as a punk trio with vocalist/bassist Fat Mike, guitarist Eric Melvin and drummer Erik Sandin. By 1985 Erik Sandin had quit and been replaced by Scott Sellers. Shortly after that, Scott Sellers quit the band and Scott Aldahl replaced him. Scott Aldahl was only with the band for two weeks before he was then replaced by old drummer Erik Sandin. In 1986 Dave Allen joined the band as a vocalist but was killed shortly after in a fatal car accident. Dave Casillas then joined the band as a second guitarist. In 1989 Dave Casillas was replaced by Steve Kidweller for NOFX’s first full length album ‘S&M Airlines’.

In 1991, Steve Kidweller left the band and Aaron Abeyta (El Hefe) became the band’s permanent guitarist. Several albums later the band released ‘War On Errorism’, the band’s most political album (as shown by the album cover).

On this album NOFX clearly are trying to put the ‘mock’ into democracy. With tracks like ‘Idiots Are Taking Over’ telling the world that leaders just keep getting stupider (*cough* Bush *cough*). They also seem to manage making very melodic and poppy songs into political commentaries with ‘The Irrationality Of Rationality’ and ‘Franco Un-American’, with the lyrics from the later song going, “I want to go up north and be a Canadian, or hang down south with the nice Australians, I don’t want to be another I don’t care-ican”. Of course there are also the typical punk love songs like ‘She’s Nubs’ and ‘We Got Two Jealous Agains’. Then the typical ‘I’m so stupid’ punk songs with ‘Whoops, I OD’d’.

1. The Separation Of Church And Skate (3:09) – 4/5
2. The Irrationality Of Rationality (2:32) – 2.5/5
3. Franco Un-American (2:25) – 3.5/5
4. Idiots Are Taking Over (3:22) – 4/5
5. Shes Nubs (2:05) – 2/5
6. Mattersville (2:29) – 3/5
7. Decom-Posuer (2:54) – 4/5
8. Medio-Core (3:05) – 3/5
9. Anarchy Camp (2:53) – 1.5/5
10. American Errorist [I Hate Hate Haters] (1:51) – 3/5
11. We Got Two Jealous Agains (2:03) – 4/5
12. 13 Stitches (1:55) – 2/5
13. Re-Gaining Unconsciousness (2:39) – 3.5/5
14. Whoops, I OD’d (2:49) – 3/5

What I Like About The Album
All the songs are very catchy and are not too hard on the ears. Most of it is just straight forward punk/ska but at the same time they manage to include many good solos and riffs in the songs, with standouts in ‘Decom-Posuer’ and ‘The Separation Of Church And Skate’. The drums are fast, pounding and consistent throughout all the songs (apart from Whoops, I OD’d) and the bass also does a good job with standouts in ‘Idiots Are Taking Over’. Also, all the songs sound very tight and rehearsed.

What I Don’t Like About The Album
There a couple of songs on the album that are just annoying like ‘Anarchy Camp’ and ’13 Stitches’. Another thing that annoys me is the “Doo Doo Doo” singing parts at the end of ‘Mattersville’. Apart from these things though, the album is really good.

Standouts:
- The Separation Of Church And Skate
- Idiots Are Taking Over
- Decom-Posuer
- We Got Two Jealous Agains

Overall this is a very good buy if you are a NOFX fan or a punk/ska fan (or if you just hate Bush). That is why this album deserves a 3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Jungler
August 20th 2006


4827 Comments


Even though I don't listen to alot of NOFX, I admire the fact that they have no problems speaking their minds.

This review is pretty bare. You have a good start going, but don't talk enough about the album for my tastes.

Intransit
August 20th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh shit, I just accidentally pos voted this.

FUCK

anywho, bare review. Sorry, just sparse

Neoteric
August 20th 2006


3243 Comments


It's not bad, I think it'd help if you had one or two more paragraphs and not put the tracklisting in bang in the middle of the review.

Zesty Mordant
August 22nd 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

whaaaa, "Anarchy Camp" and "13 Stitches" are among the best songs on the album, along with "She's Nubs" and "The Irrationality of Rationality" which you also rated low. You're crazy.

synyster1
November 16th 2006


291 Comments


im downloading this tomorrow

descendents1
December 29th 2006


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the tracklisting is jumbled

laserlife42
March 6th 2007


23 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

nofx....they tried, but they failed. The history of the band kind of seemed irrelevant.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 6th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

WANNA BE AN AMERICAN DILETTANTE?

Okay musically, but a joke lyrically. And not in the good NOFX joke kind of way.This Message Edited On 03.06.07

emogangstascotty
July 31st 2007


472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the ending to Mattersvilles, the chick sounds hot!. Anyway, Whoop's I OD is my fav NOFX song off this record. And hey they mention Australia in Franco Un-American, woo go us!

Koloz
April 26th 2010


13 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't like this paticular record as it seems all too polished for my liking.

okcomputer1016
August 17th 2010


73 Comments


3.5 is the perfect score for this album. I can't understand why NOFX is incapable of keeping filler out of their albums. Pump Up The Valium and Punk In Drublic were the exceptions I'd say, but here, there are about 50% really good songs and 50% blatant bullshit.

Satellite
November 22nd 2010


20818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

majority rule don't work in a mental institution.

effthesystem
June 26th 2011


147 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fat mike is the man

descendents1
June 29th 2011


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is not awesome

Ire
June 29th 2011


41787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya it is


until medio-core

Spec
July 15th 2011


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoops I OD'd

Ire
September 13th 2012


41787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

found this in the back of my lp collection and it was neato

ratowitz
September 15th 2012


175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

does the actual song '13 stitches' annoy you, or is it the intentional low-fi sound of the track?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


19790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

when did punk rock become so safe?

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


19790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Might bump this to a 4 it's better than i remembered



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