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REDD-FAT-7212xNo Use For A Name
Rarities Vol. 1: The CoversNo Use For A Name is one of THE most successful and prolific acts to come out of the 90's skate-punk scene. But there's a lot more to it than that. Just have a look at their family tree, it has bands like Spazz, Foo Fighters, and Suicidal Tendencies to count among its branches. No really, think about that: the dude from that infamous grindcore band was in NUFAN?!? Their long, unpredictable journey has been full of twists, turns, and alternate routes that led them to be one of the best-selling outfits of their genre. They've done it all: Warped Tour's main stage, MTV, a live record, and an even a recent greatest hits album entitled, All The Best Songs. Hey, you know you've made it when you finally get a greatest hits collection! Not bad for some goofy kids from San Jose who started out with a couple hardcore 7s
Early No Use releases appeared on New Red Archives, a San Francisco punk label operated by Nicky Garratt of the UK Subs. Believe it or not, in the late 80's it actually made sense that they would be labelmates with Reagan Youth, Social Unrest, and Christ On A Crutch. An AllMusic review describes their early material as, hulking hardcore with mighty fists full of metal. Angry and Threatening. This was a gritty, hardcore punk band, known mostly for their growling vocals and dark lyrical themes. Then came the first unforeseen occurrence: frontman Tony Sly unexpectedly developed into a proficient songwriter and mastered melody like few punk bands can ever do. Nobody knows where those gifts come from and you never see it coming, but suddenly No Use For A Name was starting to make music that people actually liked.
As is natural, the band kept evolving, and things changed in a major way for the band when they signed to Fat Wreck Chords in the mid-90's. Their 8-song Fat debut, The Daily Grind EP, drew comparisons to Bad Religion and was a marked step up, but it was 1995's, ¡Leche con Carne!, that would cement No Use For A Name as a successful band for years to come. The album was their best yet and bore a hit song (Soul Mate) that landed them on alternative radio charts, which, for a scrappy punk band, was a complete deviation from industry norms. Stranger yet, was that they made a music video and MTV even played the damn thing! What followed obviously was commercial success in the form of six-figure album sales, another anomaly in the world of indie-punk bands and something that would set the stage for later melodic punk bands like Blink 182, et al. From then on it was steady sailing with a string of successful records and tours from the band. Most notably was 1997's darker, and somehow faster, Making Friends; followed by 1999's hyper-catchy More Betterness!. It was during these halcyon days that Chris Shiflett held down 6-string duties for NUFAN before accepting an offer to join Foo Fighters on lead guitar.
The years went by for the perennial punk powerhouse and the band did numerous world tours, amassing album sales that would eventually total in the 7 figures. Pretty remarkable when you think about it. The new millennium was also a fruitful time for the boys. It started in 2001 with the release of their Live In A Dive album, which was very successful abroad where people were especially hungry for No Use's live performances. In 2002 they released their poppiest effort, Hard Rock Bottom, which was stocked with upbeat tempos and radio-friendly melodies. Their most recent and seemingly final studio album came in 2008. Ironically titled The Feel Good Album Of The Year, the album was a tinge darker and more aggressive than their recent releases and the band reminded us all that their songs still had urgency and bite.
After 25 years, No Use For A Name disbanded in 2012 when frontman Tony unexpectedly passed away. Anthony J. Sly (November 4, 1970 - July 31, 2012) died at home, in his sleep on a Tuesday morning, at age 41. Fat Mike-label head and long-time friend to Tony-was staggered by the news and offered, One of my dearest friends and favorite songwriters has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed. No one could've predicted his passing, and needless to say, it shook the very foundation of the Fat Wreck family and the underground music community as a whole. Tony was loved and respected by a wide variety of artists and musicians, and nowhere is that more evident than the roster of contributors to The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute; a compilation of NUFAN songs covered by bands like Bad Religion, Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, and many more. Bands from the Americas, Europe, Australia, UK, and even Israel contributed to this final chapter in the storied career of No Use For A Name. The collection will be released on October 29th, 2013, and all proceeds will go towards the Tony Sly Memorial Fund, which has been established to help Tony's wife Brigitte and their daughters, Fiona and Keira.1. Turning Japanese
2. Hybrid Moments
3. I've Heard
4. Selwyn's Got a Problem
5. Enjoy the Silence
7. Dream Police
8. Fairytale of New York
9. Making Our Dreams Come True
11. Don't Cry for me Argentina
12. The Munsters' Theme
13. Beth$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ScorpiosScorpios is a collaboration by Joey, Jon Snodgrass, the late Tony Sly (No Use For a Name), and Brian Wahlstrom. After years of touring together as solo artists and playing on each other's songs, the foursome wrote and recorded these 10 tracks as a unit. The result is some of the most gratifying work of their respective careers.1. Scorpios
2. Happy Anniversary
4. We Won't Speak of This Again
5. Daisy Train
7. Weighing In
8. Lonely Parade
9. Waiting for a Spaceship
10. Moonshiner$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
12 Song ProgramAbandoning the signature electric guitars and aggressive rhythms of NUFAN, Tony sets out armed with only his soothing and captivating melodies, guided by an acoustic guitar and a smattering of various other classic instruments.1. Capo, 4th Fret
2. Via Munich
3. The Shortest Pier
4. Already Won
8. Toaster in the Bathtub
9. Love, Sick Love
11. Second Act (end credits)
12. Fireball$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FAT-9010xTony Sly & Joey Cape
Acoustic Volume 2Before the current barrage of seasoned punk rockers trying their hand at acoustic music, Joey Cape and Tony Sly, frontmen of Lagwagon and No Use For a Name, forged a path into the genre with their acclaimed 2004 split release, aptly titled Acoustic. The release featured acoustic arrangements of Lagwagon and NUFAN hits as well as a couple originals, and proved to be wildly popular with fans of their bands.
They didn't know it at the time, but the album served as a launching point for both Joey's and Tony's solo careers. Since they cut their teeth recording Acoustic, Tony and Joey have flourished as solo musicians. Over the past 8 years, their dedication and focus has progressively shifted toward solo work, resulting in the release of 2 solo albums each. The writing and recording process, not to mention countless tours and shows, have all served to hone their aptitude for acoustic music.
With a much greater command of the genre, the guys decided to revisit their original concept and release Acoustic Vol. 2. Once again Tony took 5 classic No Use For A Name songs and Joey selected 5 Lagwagon tracks, and transformed them into acoustic masterpieces. The guys also kept up tradition by each writing and recording brand new original tracks exclusively for the release. The product, Acoustic Vol. 2, is an album of reinvented classics, captured through a lens of complex instrumentation and subdued aesthetic. Joey's and Tony's mastery of the acoustic medium absolutely shines, breathing a completely new mood and feel into fan favorites and upping the ante on the second installment in the Acoustic series of releases. Vinyl includes digital download of full album.
Last year Tony and I collaborated with Jon Snodgrass and Brian Wahlstrom and released an LP called Scorpios. It was great fun, but the original split we did in 2004 for Fat Wreck Chords, entitled Acoustic has often been in our conversation over the years. We perform so many No Use For A Name and Lagwagon songs in our acoustic sets. After extensive touring together and almost 8 years since Acoustic, it seemed like a good time for a sequel. The new split, simply called Acoustic Volume 2, came together naturally and effortlessly. I have always liked the idea of an acoustic version of a band's song. It's nice to hear it stripped down. My feeling is, the song often rings more true and its original inspiration is honored. - Joey CapeJoey Cape
1. I Must Be Hateful
2. Know It All
4. Alison's Disease
6. Broken Record *
7. Black Box
9. Under the Garden
10. Chasing Rainbows
11. Pre-Medicated Murder
12. Liver Let Die *
* Brand new song$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Songs Of Tony Sly: A TributeOn July 31, 2012, we lost a true original, Tony Sly. While we continue to mourn Tony our friend, we also celebrate Tony the artist with the official release The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute. We can't express how much it means to us and Tony's family that each of the artists and bands on this album took the time and effort to contribute such meaningful and interesting interpretations of Tony's songs. - Fat Wreck Chords
Anthony J. Sly (November 4, 1970 - July 31, 2012) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the front man of the punk rock band No Use for a Name. Most recently, he was also known for his acoustic solo career, with two acoustic split albums he released with Lagwagon front man Joey Cape and two solo albums of his own.1. Karina Denike - Biggest Lie
2. Mad Caddies - AM
3. Strung Out - Soulmate
4. Rise Against - For Fiona
5. Bad Religion - Let It Slide
6. NOFX - The Shortest Pier
7. Snuff - On the Outside
8. The Bouncing Souls - Homecoming
9. Old Man Markley - Feel Good Song of the Year
10. Lagwagon - Discomfort Inn
11. Teenage Bottlerocket - Via Munich
12. Frank Turner - Keira
13. Get Dead - Pre-Medicated Murder
14. Pennywise - Devonshire and Crown
15. Alkaline Trio - Straight from the Jacket
16. The Gaslight Anthem - Capo 4th Fret
17. Yellowcard - Already Won
18. Swingin' Utters - Not Your Savior
19. The Flatliners - Fireball
20. Simple Plan - Justified Black Eye
21. Useless ID - Frances Stewart
22. Jon Snodgrass & the Dead Peasants - On the Outside
23. American Steel - Dark Corner
24. Frenzal Rhomb - Flying South
25. Anti-Flag - Toaster in the Bathtub
26. Joey Cape with Scorpios - International You Day$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King Jammy Presents New Sounds Of FreedomKing Jammy is one of reggae's most prolific and innovative producers, with New Sounds Of Freedom he shows himself strong once again.
New Sounds of Freedom adds a new chapter to a story that now bridges three albums. In 1977 Black Uhuru recorded "Love Crisis" a 10
song classic from the defining era in reggae. The rhythms were laid at Harry J's Recording studio with Sly & Robbie, Chinna Smith, Johnny
Osbourne, Winston Wright and Gladstone Anderson among others. Then voiced and mixed at King Tubby's studio. The album was later
remixed by Prince Jammy at King Tubby's and released in 1981 as Black Sounds of Freedom.
The 1981 version serves as the inspiration and jump off point for these raw and vibrant new tracks featuring original vocal performances
from Chronixx, Gentleman, Alborosie, Dre Island, Tony Rebel and others. The 10 song collection will be released on CD and vinyl LP.1. Peace Treaty Style - Alborosie
2. Walls Of Babylon - Dre Island
3. King Selassie Throne - Chronixx
4. Dog Nyam Yuh Suppa - Tony Rebel
5. Another Day In The Ghetto - Bounty Killer
6. Leave Satan Business - Gentleman
7. Peace And Love - Kabaka Pyramid
8. Mystic Chant - U Roy
9. Leggo Babylon Wickedness - Shaggy & Beenie Man
10. People Bawling - Louie Culture$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
44/876Sting & Shaggy will release their new collaborative, island-inspired album, entitled 44/876, via Island Records.
Sting, wove Jamaican rhythms into his early work with The Police as well as his solo repertoire. While Shaggy, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and cutting his musical teeth in the dance hall clubs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The two initially joined creative forces to record "Don't Make Me Wait" as a tribute to the Caribbean sounds that influenced them both - and ended up recording an entire album full of joy, melody and uplifting music.
44/876 was recorded in Jamaica and New York with Sting & Shaggy being joined by various musicians and writers including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, Morgan Heritage, Branford Marsalis, Agent Sasco and Sting's longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller as well as writers Taranchyla, Dwayne "iLL Wayno" Shippy, Shane Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk and Patexx. The sessions were produced in part by Sting International ("Oh, Carolina," "Boombastic" and "It Wasn't Me,") and by Martin Kierszenbaum who has previously written/produced songs for Sting, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Sting International, Robert "Hitmixer" Orton, Sting International and Tony Lake mixed 44/876.1. 44/876 (feat. Morgan Heritage and Aidonia)
2. Morning Is Coming
3. Waiting For The Break Of Day
4. Gotta Get Back My Baby
5. Don't Make Me Wait
6. Just One Lifetime
7. 22nd Street
8. Dreaming In The U.S.A.
9. Crooked Tree
10. To Love And Be Loved
11. Sad Trombone
12. Night Shift$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ranked 316/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
They say you can never go home again.
Yet, on their new Interscope Records release and fifth album, Rock Steady, No Doubt has embarked on a globe-spanning musical adventure that proves, once and for all, that home is where the heart is.
At the heart of the quartet's fifteen-year musical journey is a sound, a style and a sensibility that celebrates their enduring bond with millions of fans worldwide: the sheer pleasure of pure pop - danceable, hummable, instantly accessible songs that have become indispensable additions to the soundtrack of our life and times. And now with Rock Steady, that soundtrack signals a return to some of the key creative elements that have made No Doubt one of today's most popular and enduring bands. Simply put, No Doubt is ready to party.
"It's the hardest thing in the world just to be simple, to let the music and the words speak for what you're feeling and, hopefully, to share that feeling. And the feeling we all shared on this album turned out to be pretty simple, too: we were in a good mood."
So says vocalist, lyricist and glorious gamine Gwen Stefani on the inspiration that ignited the dozen deliriously entertaining new tracks comprising Rock Steady. With all-original material penned by Gwen and No Doubt's dynamic songwriting duo of Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and a roster of producers that pretty much covers the cutting edge of the studio art, Rock Steady, recorded in such far flung locations as London and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jamaica, is without question the most eclectic, wide-ranging and stylistically diverse offering in the band's extraordinary career. It is also a loving tribute to the musical roots that have nourished No Doubt from their very inception.
"We were on tour pretty much all of last year," explains drummer Adrian Young, "and whenever we had some down time, we found ourselves listening to lots of dancehall. It was kind of like getting back to where we once belonged." Dancehall, the exuberant evolution of reggae, ska and calypso currently rocking the clubs and studios of Jamaica, proved a potent point of departure for the group when they convened in early 2001 to begin work on a new album. "We were part of the whole ska revival back when we first got together," continues Adrian. "The fact is, we had to work hard to prove we had a wider range, and I guess we did that. Because this time around we didn't feel like we had anything to prove. The whole point was to follow the music, wherever it led."
"Following the music" would lead the quartet to a variety of exotic locales as they indulged their instincts and experimented with sounds and settings that would capture the sensational new music beginning to emerge. "This album was less about technique and more about attitude," asserts Tony. "We took it one day at a time and it became a very spontaneous process. Tom had set up a studio at his place in L.A. and we'd meet there just to try out different ideas. Whereas before we'd write everything with a guitar or bass, this time we started with just beats and grooves and keyboards and built from there. After a week or two of songwriting, Gwen had a trip planned to London. Since we were having such a good time we just packed up and followed her over there. We knew we were onto something."
"It felt like starting over," is Tom's assessment. "We had spent two years working on Return Of Saturn because we felt it was important to prove we could do a record that had depth and substance. Once we got that out of our system it was time to have some fun."
Return Of Saturn, the group's smash 2000 release, did indeed establish No Doubt's ability to fashion songs of substance as well as style. It also conclusively demonstrated that the group's 1995 breakthrough release, Tragic Kingdom was more than a flash in the pan, although it was a distinctly dazzling flash that elevated the group to world class status with a solid string of hit singles. "We'd already done most of what we'd set out to accomplish," continues Tom. "We wanted try something fresh."
Something fresh and, as it turned out, something tried and true. "With all the dancehall we'd been listening to it was only natural that some of that rhythm would seep into our new songs," Gwen adds. "We ended up going to Jamaica without really knowing exactly what we'd find when we got there. That was the whole plan from the beginning not to have a plan."
What No Doubt found in the lush musical environs of the island was a creative collaboration with some of Jamaica's most revered producers including the legendary team of Sly & Robbie who sat behind the board for the album's debut single "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All," a tune written by Gwen with Eurthymics mainstay Dave Stewart during the group's London sojourn. They would also go on record with the fast rising dancehall duo of Steely & Clevie, who worked their magic for the incendiary selection, "Start The Fire." Remarks Tom, "Going to Jamaica and working with the great artists there had always been a dream of ours. Having that opportunity is one the best things about having some success. It's more important than any amount of fame or fortune."
As the spring of 2001 turned to summer the pace of recording stepped up, along with the group's increasingly bold ventures into new creative territory. In Los Angeles they added hip-hop to the mix with the streetwise sensibilities of The Neptunes, co-writers on the album's opening track, the scorching "Hella Good." Next they huddled with high-profile mixmaster Nellee Hooper on Rock Steady's title track as well as such standout selections as "In My Head," "Running," "Detective" and the above mentioned "Hella Good." Along the way they logged time with William Orbit for "Making Out," Ric Ocasek on "Platinum Blonde Life" and "Don't Let Me Down," and the inimitable Prince who co-produced and provided backing vocals on the drop dead gorgeous "Waiting Room."
But mixing and matching songs and producers was only part of the creative evolution that took place with Rock Steady. Says Tony, "Our attitude from the beginning was that we'd do whatever it took to make the music work. We've always been a very self-contained unit. This time we wanted to open it up, to find out what other people could bring to the party."
"The whole album was an exercise in spontaneity," adds Gwen, "and that challenged me to write more directly from my thoughts and feelings. I threw away my thesaurus and put aside my influences, everyone from Joni Mitchell to Sylvia Plath. I wanted to write songs about how it felt to be alive right now and that feeling, despite everything that going on in the world, is optimistic and full of hope. This is a time to affirm what's good and positive in our lives and if we can convey even a small part of the fun and excitement we had making this music, then we've done what we set out to do."
Hot on the heels of Rock Steady's release comes news of an extensive touring schedule that includes select dates with U2 as well as an extensive itinerary of international headlining dates. "We're primarily a live band," comments Tony. "That's how we started and that's how we maintain contact with our fans. Over the past couple of years, as the No Doubt machine got bigger, it's been more difficult to maintain that connection. But this time around,we're determined to stay true to the spirit of the music. It's about having a good time, about dancing in aisles and singing along. We all need that and it's what this tour is going to be about."
"After fifteen years together you naturally create all kinds of rules about how things should be," concludes Gwen. "There comes a time when you've got to throw the rules out and start all over again. That's what keeps it fun and interesting. For us that time has come."
It's a sentiment that gets to the heart of the brilliant music on Rock Steady, an album that finds No Doubt comfortable at home with the risks and rewards of true originality. It's also proof positive that, when No Doubt throws a party, everyone's invited.LP1
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
7. Don't Let Me Down
1. Start The Fire
3. In My Head
4. Platinum Blonde Life
5. Waiting Room
6. Rock Steady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now