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Steve joins
Back in the day, there was this band called "New Improved God". Their bass player, Skip, and I had been friends for years. Skip introduced me to this guy Steve at the old downtown Scream. I told him NOFX needed a new guitar player and how Fat Mike would hate his long hair. So about a week later Steve came out to rehearsal. We ran though a couple of songs that were written for the "S & M Airlines" album. Fat Mike hated his long hair and Steve was in the band. "S & M" was recorded a month later almost to the day. Even before the album was out, we embarked on a three month tour of the States and Canada. We were back in town a few months, and then went to Europe for a month and a half. We came back to the states to rehearse (rehearse?), and then record "Ribbed". We were actually drawing a blank on the whole album cover/ name thing, when Steve said "*@!* it! Let's just have a picture of a huge condom on the cover!" What a f*king genius. We headed back out on tour, first the US and then back over to Europe, where we played with real bands like The Leaving Trains, Bad Religion, and Mudhoney.

Steve quits
Steve and I were at a Burbank Bar-B-Que, when he announced to me that he was leaving the band. As usual we were drunk and stoned, so I thought, maybe me don't hear so good, but this was not the case. He said it was nothing personal, he just needed a break from the band. I found out later that one of the main reasons he left was because of drug abuse (not his) in the band and that he just couldn't take it anymore.

El Hefe joins
Now we needed a guitar player again! What the hell was wrong with us? We were going to practice in San Francisco and try out guitar players. My friend Rob had a guitar, so I asked him for a ride to SF. Erik had a friend named Aaron who played guitar in a band called Crystal Sphere with a drunk named Mark Curry. This other friend of ours, Kevin, from Las Vegas, wanted to try out too. He showed up in S.F. with a NOFX tattoo. By all rights, he should have got the job, but we tried out the other guys anyway. Aaron was a really good guitar player. He played the trumpet too. Definitely too good for us. He was also f*king funny. The only problem was that we already had two Erix in the band, adding an Aaron would be just too confusing. So we gave Rob a try. He was good, but Aaron was the best. We just needed to give him a new name. Since he was the most qualified musician in NOFX, we christened him El Hefe.


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1983
Erik Sandin (drums)
Eric Melvin (guitar)
Fat Mike (bass, vox)
1985
Scott Sellers (drums)
Erik Sandin (drums)
Eric Melvin (guitar)
Fat Mike (bass, vox)
1986 (lasted 2 weeks)
Scott Aldahl (drums)
Dave Allen (vox)
Eric Melvin (guitar)
Fat Mike (bass)
1986
Erik Sandin (drums)
Eric Melvin (guitar)
Fat Mike (bass, vox)
Dave Casillas (guitar)
1989
Erik Sandin (drums)
Eric Melvin (guitar)
Fat Mike (bass, vox)
Steve Kidwiller (guitar)
1991 - present
Erik Sandin (drums)
Eric Melvin (guitar)
Fat Mike (bass, vox)
El Hefe (guitar)

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