NOFX: Forget the Women and Children; Lock Up Your Pets!

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.