How old are you guys?Is NOFX going to play The Decline at shows? When I saw you guys in Anchorage Alaska a few years ago I asked Fat Mike to play Death of John Smith and he didn't because he said it was difficult. The Decline is a great song but seems twice as hard to play than Death of John Smith. So what its going to be?
I DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN PULL IT, WE'LL SEE. FAT MIKE
When I was in elementary school I listened to Queen and Elton John.Hmmm. Isn't that interesting that my first favorite bands had very gay, very fashionable frontmen? I guess that's what I first liked about Fat Mike. After that I got into Adam and the Ants (same pattern). Then the Go-Go's. Then there was a COOL radio station in LA called KROQ that would play Dead Kennedys and Adolescents and lots of New Wave. That got me into Punk Rock. I wonder what ever happened to that radio station. There certainly isn't anything like that around today. Oh yeah, my first actual Punk Rock record was Circle Jerks-"Group Sex" By: Eric Melvin
Wwhat was the most fucked up thing that happened to u guys while on tour?
This is pretty fucked up: In the summer of 1989 we played Minneapolis. That night we met a cool kid, I can't remember his name, but he was all by himself at the show so we asked him if he wanted to go to a party with us. While we were inside having a good time some local skinheads decided that they didn't like this poor kid and beat him until he died! I still wonder if he would still be alive if we didn't invite him with us? smelly
from: Dave Zeidman Somewhere, NS - Tanzania, United Republic of
January 16, 2000
What are all the old members doing now?
Dave Casillas-no new band that I know of. He is going to school
S cott Sellers-M.I.A.
Steve Kidwiler-Plays guitar in a Cowpunk band called Speedbuggy By: Eric Melvin
I love playing music and I cannot see how a person can start off playing music and living off of it in this day and age. I have a few shitty songs and no band to play them with. When you were starting out, how could you afford to pay the rent and have time to be a full time musician.
For the first ten+ years we all had day jobs. You can still be a full time musician with a job. Just don't tell them that if the opportunity comes to go on tour, you are out of there faster than shit through a goose. When it's time to play out of town, use sick days. If you have to go on tour for weeks at a time, just explain to them that you have to go do your thing, some employers might actually be happy for you. And if you're not some slacker they might hire you back when you get home. Besides, it's really hard at first to tour, 'cuz you won't make any money, so you need a job to save some dough to pay for gas, food and psychotherapy. By: Eric Melvin
You guys have been together along time (duh). And you are obviously all good friends. But you spend months on the road together , so has there ever been a time when you think you have had enough of each other? And also when will your next UK tour be?
That's really two questions, isn't it... In the earlier days we used to get angry at each other and yell and scream and fight all the time. Shit happens. We do what we do because we love it. If anyone wasn't happy, they quit, and the rest of us kept going. We might go to Europe next May or June. Maybe the UK too. By Eric Melvin
Is it true that you guys have been to a rehabilitation clinic lately, because of your alcohol affair?? Did you quit drinking??
It's always fun to fuel a rumor, but I'll be honest. We have NOT been to a rehabilitation clinic lately. Our drummer, Erik has not drank alcohol or done any drugs in more than seven years. The other three of us like to party like it's 1999. By Eric Melvin
BORING! I use a wah pedal on "Eat the meek". That's it. Oh yeah, sometimes I use my Melvinator. And once in a while I pull out my Superfuzzoticspectrophaseshiftalotarchorups, but it uses up a lot of 9 volt batteries. By Eric Melvin
This is for Melvin, Smelly, and Mike. When NOFX first started out, how much did you know about your instruments (how long were you playing them.)? Like what I am trying to say is how much technical knowledge did you have?
You can find the answer to that question @ http://www.absolutelynoknowledgewhatsoever.com. Mike and Erik were in bands before, so they had some experience. We pretty much learned as we went.
Does erik really own a coffee shop? if he does, how would i go about applying for a job there?
First of all, my name is spelled E-r-i-c. I used to own a coffee shop on Melrose Ave in LA, but I closed it down in March of 1998. If you had any experience, I might have hired you. I certainly could have used some experience.
By Eric Melvin
Hey, Who is Tim. His name is mentioned in a lot of your songs and also appears in some of the album insert thank you sections.
TIM IS SHORT FOR TIM YOHANNAN, THE GODFATHER OF PUNK. HE PUBLISHED AND WROTE FOR MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL (THE ALLTIME BEST PUNK FANZINE, AS WELL AS FLIPSIDE) TIM PRETTY MUCH DECIDED WHAT WAS PUNK AND WHAT WASN'T. HE PISSED A LOT OF PEOPLE OFF. HE DIDN'T KISS ANYONE'S ASS. HE OFTEN GAVE NOFX SHIT, BUT WE ALWAYS STAYED FRIENDS. I ALWAYS RESPECTED HIS OPINION EVEN THOUGH I DISAGREED WITH IT HALF THE TIME. TIM DIED IN 1998, BUT HIS LEGACY WILL BE AROUND FOR A FUCKIN LONG TIME.
I heard some rumor somewhere that you guys are all over mtv in South America. Somehow I don't think this is true?
YEAH, IT'S FUCKED BUT A FEW YEARS AGO MTV IN SOUTH AMERICA PLAYED AN OLD VIDEO OF OURS A FEW TIMES. THEY DIDN'T HAVE OUR PERMISSION, I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY GOT A COPY OF THE VIDEO, AND WHEN WE GOT WIND OF IT WE CONTACTED THEM AND HAD THEM TAKE IT OFF. I THINK IT ONLY GOT PLAYED TWICE, BUT THAT'S TWICE TO MANY. SO ALTHOUGH MTV U.S. AND MTV EUROPE HAVE NOT AND WILL NEVER PLAY ANY NOFX VIDEO, THOSE FUCKERS IN SOUTH AMERICA FUCKED US. OH WELL.
just wondering if you plan on staying together for a while longer? lots o' rumors flying around about having only one album left on epitaph and such. keep fuckin' shit up cause we all luv ya! the decline is the your best stuff yet!!! randal
WE'RE NOT BREAKING UP ANY TIME SOON. WE'RE JUST HAVING TOO MUCH FUCKIN FUN. AS LONG AS YOU GUYS( AND GALS) KEEP SUPPORTING US I THINK WE'LL STICK AROUND FOR A LONG WHILE. WHEN IT'S NOT FUN ANYMORE, THEN WE'LL SEE. I DON'T KNOW, BUT WHEN YOU'VE BEEN IN TO PUNK ROCK FOR MORE THAN HALF YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN'T JUST GIVE IT UP. IT IS OUR LIFE.