Dave’s Politi-punk Song-a-da-Week, Part Uno

by on April 12, 2011 · 12 comments

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Okay folks, Frank and Patty have given me a platform to post a random piece of marginally-listenable music once a week Anna, sorry if this is ripping you off, but what’s the sincerest form of flattery? I’ve chosen my videos among a handful of available YouTubes, going with what I feel does the best to convey the song’s message… lots of times it’s the band’s official video.

To start off, I’m forcing anyone gullible enough to click my link to watch some NOFX. This was the band that really got me going about a decade and a half ago, and the one that caused me to awaken the contrarian political beast within me in the early part of the ’00s. Most staffers have seen me in my common state of casual dress, which usually requires sporting at least one of the band’s logos on a shirt, hat, or hoodie…while the “Man, I remember those guys!” and “Dood, I dug them when I was a kid!” comments are great, I loved my fearless editor’s reaction to my jacket above all others – I was sporting a capital ‘FX’ with the universal ‘no’ sign slashed across it. He thought I was in such a state of mourning over the FX Networks cancellation of the ‘Terriers’ soap opera that I’d commissioned hoodies to express my displeasure with the network.

When the latest incarnation of 94.9 was fairly new on the air and I had the programming director’s ear (that ended after a rather heated e-mail exchange concerning They Might Be Giants’ “Build a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul” or some nonsense of similar nature) I actually won a t-shirt for writing a horrendously scathing e-mail to the afternoon DJ. He read my letter on-air and then played the following ditty…

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar annagrace April 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

Dave- Bring it on! Great clip!


avatar Dave Rice April 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Anna!


avatar Goatskull April 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I love that song and the album that it comes from “The War on Errorism”, tho NOFX I think has kind of run out of steam in recent years.


avatar Dave Rice April 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Got to agree to some extent…I really liked ‘So Long and Thanks For All the Shoes’ and ‘Pump Up The Valium,’ but so far ‘ The War on Errorism’ appears likely to go down as their best work…but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a couple gems on their newer work that will show up here eventually.


avatar Goatskull April 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Punk in Drublic was a good one too.


avatar Dave Rice April 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

That would be the first of their stuff that I heard as a teenager, and also awesome…another good one was White Trash, two Heebs and a Bean…before or after the mid-90s through mid-00s is kinda hit and miss, though.


avatar Goatskull April 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

“That would be the first of their stuff that I heard as a teenager”
Geeze I feel old. I was already in my 30’s when that came out.

“another good one was White Trash, two Heebs and a Bean”

I’ve been listening to punk since the mid 70’s and at 49 it’s still in my blood and I can’t seem to shake it.


avatar Goatskull April 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I know this if getting off topic Dave but just you case you don’t know about this local annual event (you probably do) then this is worth going to.


avatar Shane Finneran April 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

love this. some classic lines in there:
“I read some Howard Zinn — now I’m always depressed”
“I don’t want to be another I-don’t-care-ican”


avatar Dickie April 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

gotta admit I never heard of this band . . . maybe I was bit too old for punk . . . but no . . . I loved Bowling for Larva [remember them, local fans?] . . . and Dave I will look forward to your next tunes . . . how ’bout a little “White Trash, two Heebs and a Bean” . . . never heard of them either
and I think your song-of-da-week is a great complement to Anna’s videos . . .


avatar Goatskull April 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

“White Trash, two Heebs and a Bean” That’s not a band. That’s the name of an album by NOFX.


avatar Goatskull April 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

A better way to put it isn’t you were too old for punk but rather punk wasn’t or isn’t your cup of tea. The very first bands to be labeled “punk rock” were from the early 70’s. If all of the original Ramones were still alive, they would be in their mid 60’s. David Johansen of The New York Dolls (remember them?) is getting up there towards 70 but still touring and performing. Even the members of NOFX are in their early 40’s now so they’ve been around qhite a while.


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