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from: Ben
Brookfield, WI - United States
January 31, 2000

Why do thy call Fat Mike, Fat Mike?

THE AGE OLD QUESTION. HOPEFULLY THE LAST TIME I HAVE TO ANSWER IT. NOFX WENT ON TOUR IN 85 AND I WEIGHED 135 POUNDS. THEN I WENT TO COLLEGE FOR A YEAR, AND ATE LARGE AMOUNTS OF FREE FOOD. IT SEEMS THAT BEFORE THE YEAR WAS OVER, I WAS TIPPING THE SCALES AT 165. THEN WE TOURED AGAIN IN 86, AND WHENEVER WE GOT TO A CITY WE HAD PLAYED BEFORE, KIDS WOULD COME UP TO ME AND TELL ME I GOT FAT. SO EVERY ONE IN THE BAND STARTED CALLING ME FAT MIKE, OVER A MEASLY 30 POUNDS.NOT A VERY GOOD STORY, BUT THE NAME STUCK. AND SO DID THE 30.

Fat Mike


from: kevin
baltimore, MD - United States
January 31, 2000

what do you guys think of the mp3 explosion going on on the internet? i mean, within a few minutes anyone could download everything bands like nofx have ever recorded without paying a cent for it. plus, the practice will become more and more popular as more kids become knowledgable about the internet. thanks guys- y'all kick tremendous ass. i guess i'll just end by saying 'fuck'.

That's one of my favorite endings. It's still a little early to really guess how the mp3 flare up is going to affect the music business or our little corner of that world. It could be the death of all the one hit wonders that major music labels and commercial radio live and breathe by. Is that a bad thing? People can download the one good song and save their $15. As far as NOFX, does this really mean that no one's gonna buy our records anymore? Maybe. Couldn't it make our music more accessible to more people? Probably. Will we still play live and go on tour? Hopefully. So do I really care? Not much, but let's have this discussion again in about six months.

Eric Melvin


from: Philly
Kingston, ON - Canada
January 31, 2000

Hey guys you are like a cool band. Tell me what you do in your spare time. I masterbate.

Me too. -EL HEFE


from: Jared
NH - United States
January 28, 2000

This may sound like a dumb question, but I heard The Offspring's "You gotta keep em separated" on the radio the other day, before they sold out, and during the song, a voice that sounds like El Hefe's says "You gotta keep em separated." I was wondering if in fact the voice actually is the illustrious El Hefe?

Absolutely not, how dare you. fuck off ass munch. -EL HEFE


from:
Weir, KS - United States
January 28, 2000

So what do you 4 each do when you aren't on the road. You've probably made enough dough to where you don't gotta go to workplace anymore, right?

Well, we do pretty good now, but as for me, hefe and melvin, we will have to work when we end the band. Right now I do motocross videos called MOTOXXX and construction work on the side. -SMELLY


from:
Pittsburgh, PA - United States
January 28, 2000

What were some of the jobs you guys had before you could live off of the money you made playing, etc.?

Shit, I've done everything, janitor in a factory, Kentucky Fried Chicken, washed cars, worked at a newspaper, wood working facotyr, lots and lots more. All hard ass manual labor because I'm not too smart. -SMELLY


from:
Vineland, CA - United States
January 28, 2000

Yo this question is for smelly. Who is the best punk drummer, well besides you??

I suck, there is way too many drummers to list, pluse most are my friends so if I skipped one it might piss my friend off. -SMELLY


from: Justin
MO - United States
January 28, 2000

I was wondering if any of you guys like any other kinds of music besides punk. Do any of you write songs in other styles that you don't play in the band? If so, might we ever see an album from any members in a different style? Oh, and yes, my email address IS named after your best album.

Why as a matter of fact I listen to all kinds of music. I have recorded pop, hip hop, and other funny music. I plan on releasing some hip hop music in the year 2000. I will have a website up soon. Hopefully there will be a link off the NOFX website. -EL HEFE


from: Scotty
Pitt Meadows, BC - United States
January 26, 2000

What was your favorite album to make?

fuck the kids 7 inch. 13 songs recorded and mixed in 1 day. the way a punk record should be done.

Fat Mike


from: Greg
Santa Paula, CA - United States
January 26, 2000

You guys have written a lot of songs about the homeless, Freedom Like A Shopping Cart (my favorite), Hobophobic, Scavenger Type, and so on. My question is how much and to what charities do you give to. I'm 17 and have just started making money, very little but, I really want to help and it seems like every charity is corrupt nowadays. I've even heard rumors that the fuckin Red Cross mishandles money, anyways I just wanted to know if you know any charities that the money donated actually gets to the needy. Thanx, and play The Decline at Ventura Theatre if you can, that'd kick ass.

I don't know if the money goes to the needy or the greedy, but these are some of the orginizations that we give money to:PETA(people for the ethical treatment of animals), FOOD NOT BOMBS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, and AIDS RIDE.I think theres a couple more but I can't remember.

Fat Mike


from: Bjorn
Bochum, 0 - Germany
January 25, 2000

What was the biggest crowed you ever played in front of? Forget all the festivals, I mean how many people came only to see NOFX?

NOFX AND LAGWAGON OUTDOOR SHOW IN TORINO ITALY IN 98. 9000 PAID.

Fat Mike


from: Truesie
Belfast, 0 - United Kingdom
January 25, 2000

I just bought a load of shit off of this website so I'd kinda like an answer to this question. Don't you think your attitudes to drugs an' stuff could influence kids into doing something really stupid.

No. Stupid people do stupid things, and most kids are stupid. I know I was when I was a kid. Shit I still do stupid things, but taking drugs isn't one of them. Life is about having fun, and experiencing as many things as possible. People who have a problem with drugs and alcohol, shouldn't do them, but for most of us who aren't addicts, getting fucked up now and then is not a problem. If you drive a car 150 miles an hour you've got a problem. It's not driving, it's you. If you take a handfull of acid, or pills, or drink a gallon of vodka, you've got a problem. It's not the drugs, it's you.

Fat Mike


from: Tony
Seminole, FL - United States
January 25, 2000

Alright ya gatta at least answer this one.....What have yer albums punk in drublic and white trash made it too.ex, Gold, Platnium? thanks

STRANGELY ENOUGH, PUNK IN DRUBLIK JUST WENT GOLD A COUPLE MONTHS AGO.IN THE U.S. THATS 500,000 COPIES. IT KINDA TRIPS ME OUT CUZ I WAS STOKED WHEN RIBBED SOLD 10,000 WORLDWIDE. WORLDWIDE PUNK IN DRUBLIC SOLD ABOUT A MILLION, SOME OF OUR OTHER RECORDS SOLD ANYWHERE FROM 400,000 TO 800,000. KINDA COOL FOR NEVER HAVING HAD A HIT SONG OR EVER BEING ON MTV.THANX TO ALL OF YOU.

Fat Mike


from: gerg
UT - United States
January 24, 2000

OK. This may be obvious to some people, but it's been digging at my soul. Does fat mike really own Honest Don's too?

DUH

Fat Mike


from: Matt
Lorain, OH - United States
January 24, 2000

How long was it before you guys played your first show?

I THINK WE HAD ABOUT 4 REHEARSALS BEFORE WE PLAYED OUR FIRST SHOW. WE ONLY HAD 4 SONGS, BUT THAT WAS ENOUGH. FAT MIKE

Fat Mike


from: Bill
Newark, NJ - United States
January 24, 2000

Fat mike.. what college did you attend?

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY-I MAJORED IN SOCIAL SCIENCE AND MINORED IN HUMAN SEXUALALITY. WIERD.

Fat Mike


from: Kyle
St. Paul, MN - United States
January 24, 2000

An online dictionary I had defines punk rock as rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger or social alienation. Being punk rockers yourself, how would you guys define punk rock?

PUNK ROCK IS STARTING A BAND WITH SOME FRIENDS WHO HAVE NEVER PLAYED AN INSTRAMENT BEFORE, AND PEOPLE COME TO YOUR SHOWS AND ACTUALLY LIKE YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU TOTALLY SUCK.

Fat Mike


from: Christine & Jacque
schaumburg, IL - United States
January 24, 2000

Hey Mike,what is you favorite song you ever wrote?

NO REAL FAVORITE, HERE'S 5 THAT MEAN A LOT TO ME 1 S/M AIRLINES(our first good song me thinks) 2 WE THREW GASOLINE ON THE FIRE... 3 THE DESPERATIONS GONE 4 DIG 5 DROP THE WORLD HOW'S THAT? FAT MIKE

Fat Mike


from: Philip
0 - United States
January 24, 2000

Most kids that discover punk are quickly discouraged by their parents. Being in a band, touring, neglecting school, and sometimes just not giving a fuck are all a part of this. I was curious as to what your parents think of NOFX. In the begining did they support of discourage your decesion to devote your life to playing in a punk band? What do they think now that the band is actually succesful?

well, my dad always told me that I should do whatever I wanted if it made me happy, but he also told me to stay in school and I did. my mom on the other hand made me go to a therapist for 6 months when i was 16 because I went to school with 5 inch spiked hair everyday. but all in all, as long as I kept going to school, my parents were pretty cool. when we became sucsessful they were like,"we always knew you were gonna make it"... figures.

Fat Mike


from: Matt
Boston, MA - United States
January 24, 2000

In some of the questions dealing with the whole anti-sellout issue (interviews, mtv, radio, etc.)the answers you guys give don\'t give a sense of opinion. Therefore, I ask: is the whole anti mtv thing because you just like to do things that way, or because of a sense of punkrock correctness?

We have an opinion, it's that we don't blame other punk bands for selling out, it's just not something that we are interested in doing. When punk started getting really big in the mid 90's, we spent a lot of time discussing what direction we should go in. We saw a lot of our friends bands get huge on radio and MTV, and we decided that we didn't want to be part of it. FUCK THAT. We felt so fuckin lucky to have so many fans that have been supporting us for so long, that we were not going to fuck them over by selling our band to mainstream media. That is not what our scene is about. Yeah NOFX is a pretty popular band, but we are very proud of the fact that we didn't get there with any help from MTV or commercial radio. We got there from touring a lot and putting out records that have more than two good songs. A lot of people call us sell outs, but I don't see it that way. Punk rock saved my life, and I don't feel that I turned my back on it one bit. Apologies-none.

Fat Mike


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