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Within Punk Zine No Use For A Name
Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers review that is released August 11th on Fat Wreck Chords.
August 11, 2017
When it comes to classic FAT bands, NO USE FOR A NAME certainly needs no introduction. NO USE FOR A NAME was one of the first bands on Fat Wreck Chords and remain a cornerstone of the label roster. Their unique take on California punk emphasized equally innovative and catchy melodies, paired with top-flight musicianship. Despite the tragic passing of singer and songwriter Tony Sly in 2012, their presence can still be felt today, as their influence is evident in the work of many other bands. Over the course of their more than 20-year career, NO USE FOR A NAME amassed an impressive catalog of albums, packed with hit songs. From their debut FAT release—The Daily Grind—almost 25 years ago—to their final studio album—The Feel Good Record of the Year—in 2008, NUFAN has and always will be a Fat Wreck Chords staple. Along with their massive catalog of classic originals, NUFAN has always been keen to record a good cover song. You can find a handful of them on various albums and compilations. We have combed through NUFAN’s entire recording archive to bring you a collection of every non-album cover song ever recorded in their time on FAT. Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers has a bunch of tracks the die-hard NUFAN fans will be familiar with, but many more rare tracks that have been out there, but lingering in obscurity. From Kiss to The Misfits and from Depeche Mode to Cheap Trick, NUFAN can put their stamp on just about any genre. They even covered “The Munsters” and “Laverne & Shirley” theme songs. No shit. ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES fans, check it out, this is covers album you’re going to need in your collection. And as the title suggests, stay tuned for the release of Vol. 2 in the near future.
REVIEW: If you haven’t been listening to Punk Rock since the glory days of the late eighties that led into the changing evolution of skate punk in the nineties you might have not known who No Use for A Name was unless you were a devoted Maximum Rock N Roll reader pledged to the holy punk bible of its time., it was 86’s compilation that featured the original line up’s “Gang Way” Unless of course you where flipping through some vinyl or cd’s and happened to come across the “Daily Grind”. It was the summer of 93 and punk rock was at its highest surge literally creeping out of every corner around the globe. Iconic longtime punk rock indie label Fat Wreck Chords signed a band that had quite a different vibe and sound that was refreshing and similar in the likes of Pennywise in the chord and drum fills. Of course like every other amazing punk band it was backed by an extremely talented writer that would push the limits of a genre about life’s struggles and personal feelings throughout the years (Born Addicted). As each Fat Wreck compilation came out it seemed NUFAN didn’t release something new instead they would release a punk rock cover. Eventually this would lead into a couple of guys getting together and forming a band that only focused on covers (Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies). I don’t think there’s a punk in the world that doesn’t know of the cover the Pogues “Fairy Tale of NewYork” off of “More Bitterness” or the Sinead O Conor cover of ‘This is a Rebel Song”.Over the years and over the albums there was always something that Nufan covered including the Rarities Vol 1 opener of the “Vapors” new wave classic Turning Japanese. This latest release of what appears to be B sides and outtakes and a general collection of the covers over the years had to come out in two parts because of its staple of killer tracks. The cover of Dag Nasty “I’ve heard is by far one of the best tracks added to this release. The Socal scene has produced some really iconic stuff over the years and remains to be one of the most notorious sounds and influences in the punk world. The Lavern and Shirley cover of the sitcoms theme song “Making our dreams come true”. It’s been awhile now since Tony’s passing and yet NUFAN fans continue to stay true to wanting more and this album delivers on that. The feel of the album has a really edgy raw feel to it that strikes really deep to what No use for A Name was in the earlier works. The fact that it’s not over polished and remastered gives the true at heart punk exactly a fantastic set lists to hit play and enjoy. A true reflection of what NUFAN stood for and how they loved doing what they did and influencing so many bands of the scene that became.