1992, Music

White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean (1992) by NOFX

There was a time in my life that I think I would have really liked the sophomoric humour of NOFX. Unfortunately for them, but probably fortunately for me, I was into Oldies and then into prog rock when I was a teenager, so there is no way I would have listened to a record like this.

And sophomoric it is. This is the kind of thing that is endlessly amusing to teenage boys but likely strikes anyone older (or female) as dumb and horribly immature. Kids won’t get all the jokes (though parents would be quite mad kids listened to this).

And if the humour doesn’t work for you – and it doesn’t work for me 90+% of the time – there’s nothing else here unless your ideal version of punk is Skate Punk. This is, with two notable exceptions, very much just straight ahead Skate Punk, the whiny, boring, goofy version of punk that was inexplicably popular for oh, I don’t know, a decade or more.

The two exceptions to this include a bizarre, (pop) Louis Armstrong-esque cover of a Minor Threat song, which may count as the aural equivalent of Blackface. I really don’t know what to do with it. The small part of me that remembers enjoying transgressive humour solely for its nature kind of loves it, but the adult in me thinks it’s kind fo appalling.

I get it. Adults are supposed to be offended. But this music is generic skate punk even though it’s clear that at least some of these musicians could play better if they wanted to.

I also get that NOFX is probably the Skate Punk band and so much of what they did is seminal if it isn’t good, but I don’t really care.


All songs were written by Fat Mike except “Straight Edge,” originally by Minor Threat.

  1. “Soul Doubt” 2:46
  2. “Stickin in My Eye” 2:24
  3. “Bob” 2:02
  4. “You’re Bleeding” 2:12
  5. “Straight Edge” 2:11
  6. “Liza and Louise” 2:22
  7. “The Bag” 2:45
  8. “Please Play This Song on the Radio” 2:16
  9. “Warm” 3:30
  10. “I Wanna Be Your Baby” 2:56
  11. “Johnny Appleseed” 2:37
  12. “She’s Gone” 2:56
  13. “Buggley Eyes” 1:21


    1. I get that they’re influential and, I think, in a different mood, I would have at least accepted that better. But, for whatever reason, I was not in the mood to listen to songs about fisting lesbians and how swearing isn’t allowed on the radio.

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