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from: Rusty
marion, OH - United States
January 21, 2000

How do you feel about 311 saying that you guys are original in the song "Come Oringinal".

I think that is sweet of those nice boys to say such a nice thing about us. Melvin

Eric Melvin


from: Jordan Johns
Middle, IA - United States
January 16, 2000

How old are you guys?

"I MIGHT BE AN ADULT I'M A MINOR AT HEART", IAN MACKAYE 1980


from: Jesko
Cruiserville, FL - United States
January 16, 2000

Melvin, why did you switch over to a Les Paul? That B.C. Rich that you played was your trademark, did you break it, or do you just dig Les Pauls more?

I still have that B. C. Rich, it stays home with me while my Les Paul goes on tour. The Les Paul is a heavier guitar and sounds that way too, so I like it better now. By Melvin


from: Mark
Somewhere, IA - United States
January 16, 2000

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


from: MauroPM
Somewhere, IA - United States
January 16, 2000

this one to fatMike...what´s most important to you: NOFX or FatWreck? (think wisely and please answer it)

NOFX Fat Mike


from: Josh
Somewhere, MO - United States
January 16, 2000

Who were your favorite bands when you were a kid?

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


from: Who The Hell Knows
Somewhere, YT - Zimbabwe
January 16, 2000

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. Scott Aldahl-M.I.A. Dave Allen-R.I.P. Steve Kidwiler-Plays guitar in a Cowpunk band called Speedbuggy By: Eric Melvin


from: Anthony Pallatto
Somewhere, GU - Sao Tome and Principe
January 16, 2000

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


from: PETER
Somewhere, CT - Somalia
January 16, 2000

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


from: max
Somewhere, IA - Pakistan
January 16, 2000

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


from: kevin stetz
Somewhere, MN - Moldova, Republic of
January 16, 2000

what kind of effects does eric use on his guitar?

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


from: Nate
Somewhere, MN - Moldova, Republic of
January 16, 2000

Where was the first show you got paid to play?

At a club called Roxanne's in Pomona. We got paid $4.00. Isn't it funny how we remember things like that? By Eric Melvin


from: Chris Mooney
Somewhere, MN - Moldova, Republic of
January 16, 2000

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.


from: ryan
Somewhere, NF - Latvia
January 16, 2000

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


from: Jeff
Somewhere, MN - Suriname
January 16, 2000

What amp brands do Eric and El Hefe use??

messa boogie baby only the best. i use the mark three and melvin uses the mark four. no im sayin... i ite gone. el hefe


from:
Somewhere, ND - Puerto Rico
January 16, 2000

hey eric sandin do you a double-bass pedal 'cause it sounds kinda like one?

NO!!!!!! I AM TIRIED OF THIS QUESTION!!!!!! double bass drum pedals are for lame heavy metalers who wish they could play punk rock! love, smelly


from: Trent Peterson
Somewhere, MI - Sri Lanka
January 16, 2000

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. Thanks, Trent

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. Fat Mike


from: steve
Somewhere, AZ - Switzerland
January 16, 2000

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. Fat Mike


from: randal schuld
Somewhere, AZ - Switzerland
January 16, 2000

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. Fat Mike


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