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NOFX
45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough To Go On Other Records
2002 Fat Wreck Chords
www.nofxofficialwebsite.com

Thereís only one Jewish oriented song on this double CD set and like most of the 45 or 46 songs, itís under two minutes. But itís a real standout. Zyklon B Bathhouse is a scathing indictment of the McDonaldís next to the old Dachau death camp. "Ronald McDonald / Paint a happy face on a McMurdurer / Same train / Same station / This time the cars are corporate." Those are the words of Michael Burkett. He along with Erik Sandin are the two Jewish members of the NOFX (pronounced No F. X).

Back in 1992 they released an album called White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean. It was originally called White Trash, Two Kikes and a Spic, until Sandinís grandmother heard about it. For over ten years theyíve been pumping out short, catchy and tongue-in-cheek music. Unlike the other groups they have toured with, NOFX is often not upbeat or happy sounding. Their lyrics are introspective and range from first amendment rights and poverty to silly ditties about other bands they donít like and women they do.

Their best selling album, 1994ís Punk in Drublic, contained two Jewish oriented songs, Donít Call Me White and The Brew. The later became something of a Jewish punk anthem. Itís catchy chorus talks about skinheaded Hebrews sporting anti-swastika tattoos and beating up goyim, as long as theyíre home for synagogue. Both songs appear on this yearís Split Series in which the band Rancid plays NOFXís songs and vice versa. Rancid is a great group but their renditions lacking.

On the 1997 track All Out of Angst, Burkett sings about a man searching for meaning in his life who laments that he midn as well move to "Pakistan" and "learn the laws of Islam." It could be the lyricist talking about his career. Or perhaps it's about John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban.

The new album contains more of the same. As the title indicated, itís basically just a collection of B-sides, and unreleased tracks.


Zyclone B Bathhouse
45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough To Go On Other Records
2002 Fat Wreck Chords

Zyclone B bathouse
A super place for cleansing ethnically
Train ride provided
Although the fare only sports the under class
As the train goes by they'll turn away
Only Doppler is effected not their hearts
With a better them than me
And a better off this way

Ronald McDonald
Paint a happy face on a McMurderer
Same train same station
This time the cars are corporate not fascist state
What is life quality or quantity?
Since when does that get decided by majority?
And who's more decent one man or a dozen men?
Answer: One man


Don't Call Me White
Punk in Drublic
1994 Epitaph Records

The connotations wearing my nerves thin
Could it be semantics generating the mess we're in
I understand that language breeds stereotype
But what's the explanation for the malice, for the spite

Don't call me White Don't call me White
Don't call me White Don't call me White

I wasn't brought here I was born
Circumcised categorized allegiance sworn
Does this mean I have to take such s--
For being fair skinned, no
I ain't a part of no conspiracy
I'm just you're average Joe

Don't call me White Don't call me White
Don't call me White Don't call me White

Represents everything I hate
The soap shoved in the mouth to cleanse the mind
The vast majority of sheep
A buttoned collar starched and bleached
Constricting veins the blood flow to the brain slows
They're so ordinary White

Don't call me White Don't call me White
Don't call me White Don't call me White

We're better off this way
Say what you're gonna say
So go ahead and label me
An a--hole cause I can
Accept responsibility for what I've done
But not for who I am

The Brews
Punk in Drublic
1994 Epitaph Records

Friday night we'll be drinking Manischewitz
Going out to terrorize goyim
Stomping shagitz, screwing shicksas
As long as we're home by Saturday mornin'
'cause hey, we're the 'brews
Sporting anti-swastika tattoos
Oi Oi we're the boys
Orthodox Hasidic o.g. oiís

Orthopedic Dr. Martinís
Good for waffle making
Kicking through the shin
Reputation gained through intimidation
Pacifism no longer tradition

Cause hey we're the 'brews
Sporting anti-swastika tattoos
Oi Oi we're the Brews
The Fairfax ghetto boys skinhead Hebrews

We got the might
Psycho meshuganas
We can't lose a fight
As we are the chosen ones
Chutzpah driven
We battle then we feast
We celebrate
We'll separate our milk plate
From our meat

Hey we're the Brews
Sporting anti-swastika tattoos
Oi Oi we're the boys
Orthodox Hasidic o.g. oiís

All Outta Angst
So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes
1997 Epitaph Records

I'm not insane
I'm not bummed out
I got no one to blame
Nothing to change
I got no evil to fight

One thing's for sure
I'm all out of angst
Society don't bother me
And there's something wrong with that

So I'm off to Pakistan
Learn the laws of Islam
Have fundamentalism
Forget that rock 'n' roll
No cigarette no drink
In fact it's difficult to think
About getting laid
When you don't even get to see her face
I'm not insane

I'm not insane
I'm not liquored up
I got nothing to do
Nothing to lose
I got no place to call home
One thing's for sure
I'm all out of angst
Society don't bother me
And there's something wrong with that

Next step Mongolia
Don't get to golf or bowl with ya
Throw out that handicap
No stepping out 'til spring
In fact it's difficult to sing
When it's twenty below
And that's during the day
I'm not insane


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