NOFX's Fat Mike

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By Josiah HughesLet's talk about the middle aged punkers with jobs you just described. Punk is still sort of thought of as a young people's music and yet you're a perfect example that it doesn't have to be. Is that even an issue for you anymore or do people accept NOFX as exactly what they are?
Yeah. Our crowds are older. Kids still like us but I don't think people have to defend themselves for liking NOFX. I mean, half the kids that listen to us don't even understand our lyrics probably. I mean, I did graduate college. I'm not writing fucking lyrics that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers would write. I've always thought we've written music for adults. Not when I was 16. You know what's coming out later this year, which should be interesting, is we're going to release our first EP that was never released.

Wow, can you tell me a little more about that?
NOFX have an eight-song seven-inch that was so bad we decided not to release it.

Why release it now?
Because it's funny now. It's bad musically. Fucking terrible.

What's it called?
It's called the Thalidomide Child EP. I'm not sure when it will be out but it will be out. I think it's going to come in a seven-inch box set but we'll see. I found it at Fat Wreck Chords. I found the original quarter inch tape. We transferred it to DAT and they were like "holy shit, this is terrible." I go "I know, that's why we never released it because it's terrible." And everyone at Fat Wreck Chords goes "Come on, we've gotta release it." So it's going to be an eight-song seven-inch and only one of the songs has ever been heard before. You'll hear. It's pretty fucking terrible. It's cool, it was recorded in 1984, so it's kind of cool. It'll come out sometime this year.

Do you have other NOFX releases planned?
We have a hardcore record. We've been trying to put this out forever but it's actually coming soon now. We have the test pressings actually at Fat Wreck Chords. We did ten cover songs of hardcore songs.

Wow, what bands are on that?
You have to figure it out because we don't list them.

What about a new NOFX album. Are you working on one yet?

The other thing I was going to ask you about was that Fucked Up once mentioned you were going to do a split seven-inch with them and that sort of fell through. I'm wondering what happened with that?
I'll tell you what happened. Nothing happened. We talked about it and then we never did anything about it. We discussed it. Damian asked me if I'd want to do it and I said sure, but then there's the part about actually having to do it. That didn't happen so much.

I was wondering if you'd care to comment about the whole Ben Weasel SXSW thing that happened earlier this year.
Wow you're trying to get a bunch of good shit from me aren't you! I made a small comment on Twitter I think. But, you know, what is there to say? He lost his cool on stage. He punched an audience member. I don't think it's horrible because he punched a girl. I think it's horrible because he punched someone who's smaller and weaker than him. If he punched a 6'5" girl I wouldn't have a problem with it. If he punched a 6'5" fucking wrestler girl, it's still not cool, but you know. I heard earlier in the night he called her a whore and then she started throwing ice at him. So he was just being kind of a dick the whole night. He was fucking bitching that I wasn't there. He was telling the crowd "our label president isn't even here, why should I be here?" It's like, dude, why the fuck would I be there? I live in California. My band's not playing, your band is playing. I should fucking fly out from California and watch you play? Fuck you! I'm not really a label president. I'm a fucking punk rocker in a punk band and I happen to own a record label that I go to a few hours a week. It's not my fucking purpose in life.

Have you talked to him since then or are you on bad terms with him?
I don't talk to him. I've got nothing to say to that fucking dude. The thing is, I didn't talk to him before. I haven't talked to Ben Weasel in ten years. It's funny, that guy from the Queers said, "How come you don't back your friends?" But I haven't talked to that fucking guy in ten years! He told Fat Wreck Chords, when we had to do a deal, he said, "I'd like all business matters to be run through my manager." So it's pretty clear he doesn't want to talk to us, why should we talk to him?
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This interviewer is terrible. He had a legend of this caliber on the phone and asked him this pointless questions making this hardly worth reading.
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Great interview.
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Excellent interview. The questions weren't pointless. He actually got Mike to open up, and with being online, it was fairly long. Best Fat Mike interview I've ever read, that's for sure.
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I don't think the first commenter knows how the "Page 2" link works...
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fat bastard mike doesnt respect thunder bay phhhhfff flyin toronto to winnipeg you bastard
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