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from: Cale
Lethbridge, AB - United States
October 13, 2000

obviously you'll never answer my questions unless i ask every week. why are you playing in the vans warped tour?you say you don't want to be exploited?i have a feeling the only reason someone wanted you in the show was because you're a popular punk band and will make lots of money.tickets are more expensive than mainstream all-day festivals.please tell me if i am wrong.thanx, no thanx if you leave me hanging again.

you are wrong and know not what you speak.no, we do not feel exploited. we play the warped tour, because it's totally fun. we get to hang out and party with lots of other cool bands. and tickets are usually 20 bucks. not a lot for like 30 bands. in fact, the warped tour is the most fun I have all year so leave me alone.

Fat Mike


from: Amanda
NSW, 0 - Australia
October 06, 2000

hi!how come everyone gave you there shoes???? was there a point in it? did you keep the good ones?

yeah, how come people keep throwing shoes at us? I would keep the good ones but there never are any, it would be nice to get some heels and pumps occasionally.

Fat Mike


from: Callum
Champagne, IL - United States
October 06, 2000

Lets say mike that your old sixteen yearold -5inch spike-hair self was walking around on the street in 1983 and suddenly he meets and starts talking to smarter older bad back veganveggie 30yrold mike of today. Would he think you as a fat old lame thirty year old or a pretty cool young at heart(minorthreat) adult punk rocker?

I think the young skinny mike would like the older fatso. I'm sure the old guy would go to the liqour store and score some booze for the young lad. Now that I think about it, besides 35 pounds and a bad golf habit, I don't think i've changed much at all. well, I get laid a lot more now(cuz I'm married) and I can afford higher quality drugs. Grow up....no thanx.

Fat Mike


from: Dicken
San Diego, CA - United States
June 11, 2000

This ones for fatty, What kind of goofy looking bass did you use back in the day. The ones with no head. I wanted to get one but i cant find them anywhere. I dont even know what type of bass they are. Could you tell me please because I remember seeing you with a few of those bad boys. Thanx Mike

it was called a hamer. it was a steinburger rip off. I smashed it one night. Maybe I'll get a new one.

Fat Mike


from: Ryan
Angwin, CA - United States
June 11, 2000

Hey guys, sorry but this is kind of an involved question. What is it that you dislike about Christianity? Is it the establishment? The concept? Or do you just dislike the lobbyists in Washington, Christian Coalition, etc. Would you consider yourselves athiests? In the Decline (by far your best work yet, and you sure as fuck better play it in concert, so get to work!) you more or less imply that all Christians are gun-toting NRA pushers. As far as I know, the Bible is totally anti-guns. I can only see that some hypocritical Christians would be pro-firearms, do you think it is fair to put that on all Christians? Thanks for your time and keep kickin ass!

It's not christianity, it's any group of people that think they are superior to others. As far as the NRA goes, it seems to me that most of their supporters are conservative and religious. Left wing liberals are against guns. I just think it's wierd that the religious right wing are against gun control(generally). there's always exceptions to the rule.

Fat Mike


from: Scott
Seattle, WA - United States
June 11, 2000

Do you guys have any pre-show rituals?

Eric and I start drinking about 2 hours before the show. El Hefe warms up on the trumpet, and Erik warms up his arms. Oh yeah, we usually sacrifice a baby lamb and use it's warm blood to make protein shakes for extra energy.

Fat Mike


from: Eric
Schereville, IN - United States
June 11, 2000

I rescently started listening to the Violent World comp again and I was wondering who does the Glen impression at the end of Last Caress. I figure it is either El Hefe, some guy you know or you dubbed off some old misfits recording. Whoever it is, its awesome, rock on.

It was the very talented Spike of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes fame.

Fat Mike


from: Forrest
Boulder, CO - United States
June 11, 2000

Music piracy via the internet seems to be a big issue these days, especially with popular software/services like Napster, which allows people to easily obtain and share MP3 audio files. In fact, most every song NOFX has ever recorded is available, and is readily accessible for free via Napster. Do you support the Recording Association of America (RIAA) in their courtroom protest against MP3s, or, in the

Ya know, I'm kinda on the fence here. I totally back all freedoms on the internet, but a lot of hard working bands are getting cheated out of royalties they need to live off of. Making a living from playing music is hard enough on its own. I think Napster makes it a little harder for us musicians and a little easier for the general record buying public. I think the whole issue is pretty grey, but if it comes down to freedom against big business, I will stand on freedom's side every time.

Fat Mike


from: Sean
Katy, TX - United States
June 11, 2000

At the Warped Tour '98 in Houston, TX when you guys tossed all that cash into the pit, was that your own cash? How much was it?

It was our cash, and it was $5,000 in singles. We felt bad cuz the venue sounded so shitty, so we gave our money back to the fans. I guess some got more than others.

Fat Mike


from: Pablo Honey
Goshen, NY - United States
June 11, 2000

Who would you thank the most for who you are at this point?

MTV

Fat Mike


from: Michael
Sanger, CA - United States
June 11, 2000

I've read basically all of these Q&A's on this site and I haven't seen this question yet. What song did the Howard Stern show play that is put on the end of So Long???

"Drugs are Good" off the HOFX lp.

Fat Mike


from: Mike
Algonquin, IL - United States
June 11, 2000

Fat Mike, i noticed that your voice went through a dramatic change throughout your career. Did you take voice lessons, and if not how did you improve it so much. I ask because I sing in a punk band and my voice needs some serious work.

Thanx. I took 4 or 5 lessons years ago, but they we're totally lame, and didn't help me at all. I think I got better cuz we could afford more time in the studio. Or maybe it was years of singing along with Bad Religion albums(especially Suffer).

Fat Mike


from: Alexandre
Montreal, 0 - Canada
June 11, 2000

It's funny because almost no one knows that the song

I first heard it in french class when I was in 5th grade. It always stuck in my head, and I never forgot it. Then I saw the cd in France, bought it, and thought it would make a great punk song. that's it.

Fat Mike


from: Steiner
Oslo, 0 - Norway
June 11, 2000

Hi. I've just bought your latest album, Pump up the Valium, and it totally kicks ass. I've seen the album in mp3 on the internet, but I figured the legends deserve my support. This leads to my question: I pay about $27 for your album. How much do you get paid for a sold copy?

I can't tell you exactly, cuz our contract with Epitaph is between us and them. I can tell you that out of the $7.25 (or so)wholesale price Nofx gets a lot of it. Sorry you had to pay $27. Ya know, you can get it directly from us for like $10. Thanx very much for your support, all those free downloads really hurt record sales.

Fat Mike


from: Corrie
San Francisco, CA - United States
June 11, 2000

Hey Mike, You just anwsered that kid's question about hearing Nofx on the radio and you admitted to not wanting any mainstream attention including press. So, why are there ads for Pump Up the Valuum in both SPIN and ROLLING STONE? In my humble opinion those are both very mainstream forms of media. It seems hypocritical to me. Can you clear my weary mind?

By advertising in these mags, we are trying to let our fans know that we have a new album out. We are using them for our benefit. By doing interviews and photo shoots, we are the ones who get used so they can sell more issues. We're not helping them, we're using them. Maybe it is a little hypocritical, but ya know, gotta draw a line somewhere.

Fat Mike


from: Dominik
Neu-Ulm, 0 - Germany
June 11, 2000

Hi NOFX! I just got your new album the other day, and while I was listening through it I reconized that at the end of "Thank God it's Monday" the backing Vocals are singing in german. My problem now is that I only understand the part where they're singing "Montag ist sehr gut." So please tell me what is the other german singing in that song if it's even german. Thanks for answering and your show in Lindau really kicked ass! Bye! DOMINIK

That's the only german line. The rest of it is japanese, french, and hebrew.

Fat Mike


from: Justin
Glassport, PA - United States
May 19, 2000

the other day on the radio (pittsburgh radio station the x) i heard nofx whats up with that i thought you didnt want to be played on commercial radio?

If youíre wondering why youíre hearing NOFX on the radio lately, youíre not alone. We have always seemed to get played on the radio a bit. Even when we told them to fuck off on the Heavy Petting Zoo album, they still played us. Itís not that it really bothers me that we get played on the radio once in a while, itís that I hate commercial radio. It totally sucks. But apparently they like our new album enough to play it. How they got our new album? Well, it looks like we kinda blew it. We have a song on our new album called, Dinosaurs will Die. Itís about the slow, painful, and highly anticipated death of the major music industry. We thought it would be cool if radio played a song that was about its own destruction. Seemed like a good idea at the time. What happened was that a few stations played Dinosaurs, but the majority of stations picked a different song to play. And theyíre playing it a lot. So now it seems that we made a bad decision. Oh well. Our policy of hatred and non cooperation towards mainstream press and commercial radio still stands, but I guess if some of those stations wanna play a little NOFX instead of a lot of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, thank god. But why does there have to be an instead? Why canít commercial radio play all kinds of shit? Why the same song 10 times a day? Itís not that radio inherently sucks, itís that all the pay-offs, and ass sucking, and over playing of the same songs sucks. There was a commercial radio station in Hawaii called Radio Free Hawaii. It ruled. They played everything from Frank Sinatra to Nirvana to Operation Ivy. They placed ballot boxes all over the island so you could vote on what you wanted to hear, and they played it all. It was awesome. Then one day the other evil station on the island bought them out and shut them down. Now thereís nothing but crap on the airwaves. My advice to all of you:ÖÖDONíT LISTEN. Turn off the fuckin thing. Put on a cd or a record, or better yet listen to Fat Free Radio. Ö.All independent punk all the time. See ya. FAT MIKE


from: Kyle
Pullman, WA - United States
April 28, 2000

This is for Mike. I noticed that you have a very tight picking style when you play bass. Do you have any metal influences? If not then where did you pick up the speed picking ability?

First of all, I hate metal. Secondly, please don't ever mention metal and my name in the same sentence, or even the sentence next to my name. Lastly, did I mention that I don't like metal. To answer your second question...I dunno..

Fat Mike


from: Edx
0 - Brazil
April 27, 2000

Is it true M&M/Mars is suing NOFXīs ass for that olīPUNKERS t-shirt? thanx

yeah.. isn't that lame.

Fat Mike


from: Tecs
Verona, 0 - Italy
April 19, 2000

How much money does an average NOFX album cost to record&mix? And how much did The Decline cost?

average album takes about a month and costs about 30-40 thousand dollars.

Fat Mike


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