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Collateral Damage: NOFX Live!

2007-11-13 16:16
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At their first SA show at the Old Biscuit Mill a lucky packet of devoted old skool punk heads, hardcore skateboarders, ska-lovers and a few very young and very drunk school kids braved the round-the-block long queues to show their support. Almost everyone dressed ‘punk’, ditching the skinny jeans for band-shirts and black baggie shorts or unearthing old Docs and tattered skate shoes. Some fans even had undercuts and black nails. Everyone had to prove that they were original punk. It was very 90s.

As was the anxiety-spawning admission queues which saw more than 500 ticket holders anxiously waiting for more than two hours in a dark, windy Woodstock up until a mere 20 minutes before NOFX hit the stage. Not that anyone cared that there were only three people taking tickets and putting on armbands at the door. Some kids were so happy to get in they pogoed through the gate with loud ‘woo-hoos’, arms flailing wildly.
Finally, after another half an hour’s wait, NOFX took to the stage. "We’re not a real band. We’re a punk band and punk bands are allowed to f*ck up as much as they want to," wisecracked lead singer Fat Mike by way of an ice-breaker. He kept the slapstick coming throughout their set. "Have you guys ever seen a real Mexican before," he asked, pointing to their guitarist, El Hefe, as part of the introduction. "And two Jews?" he pointed to himself and Eric Melvin.

The masses went wild, crowd-surfing and soaking the pit with beer, while head-banging and moshing. Almost everyone knew all the words and sang along to every song.

After the gig, when everyone cleared out, we counted almost 15 single shoes, a watch and a cell phone…all part of the collateral damage. Also proof that the NOFX gig was one killer party – the band rocked, there were no inhibitions, no control, the real old-school punk way.

- Annel Malan

NOFX don’t do emo-punk. They don’t wear skinny jeans or make-up. And no, they don’t straighten their hair. They wear shorts. And their guitarist has dreadlocks. So no, they definitely don’t care about fashion. But yes, they do care about staying true to hardcore, first-generation punk music’s DIY drive.

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