ATN's Jennie Yabroff reports: NOFX are in the studio, grossing fans out just
as fast as they can. The band is currently recording their new CD, Heavy
Petting Zoo for Epitaph records at Razor's Edge in San Francisco, and
the LP cover is quite a treat. Lovingly rendered in the style of Norman
Rockwell, the drawing depicts a man and a sheep engaged in an act known in
France as soixant neuf, and here in the U.S. as totally deranged. But
remember, this is NOFX, not NOFNC, and the band really doesn't give a fuck
who it offends. One track off the album is titled "August 8th," in
commemoration of the day Jerry Garcia died, and according to Jeff at Epitaph,
the song is less than reverent. Jeff himself is a big Garcia fan, but says
NOFX takes no prisoners and holds nothing sacred, having gone so far as to
immortalize him in the song "Jeff Wears Birkenstocks," on which they berate
him for being a hippy. Produced by Ryan Green, Heavy Petting Zoo is
scheduled for a January 30th release, immediately after which the band will
depart on a U.S. tour.
Also out January 30th is Down By Law's latest, All Scratched Up also
on Epitaph, but these two albums aren't the first of '96 for the label. That
honor goes to newly signed band The Humpers," who will ring in the new year
with their January 6th debut release, Live Forever Or Die Trying.
Advance word on the Humpers is they are a mixture of the Ramones, the Dead
Boys, and the Clash, and they play solid beer drinking music. Recently
they've been seen with Clawhammer, doing that whole punk rock revival thang.