Posts Tagged ‘No Use For A Name’

This video has been going around the punk scene lately and for good reason. It rocks. It is a drum medley of every Fat Wreck Chords full length release (excluding live albums, compilations and re-releases) in chronological order of the label’s first 20 years. Thanks for all the tunes, Fat!

Audio Mix: Michael Ferfoglia
Medley compiled by Kye Smith
External drums performed and recorded by Kye Smith
Cameras provided by eLuminate Training


00:00 – Lagwagon – Duh


00:05 – Propagandhi – How To Clean Everything
00:09 – No Use For A Name – The Daily Grind


00:14 – Lagwagon – Trashed
00:20 – Strung Out – Another Day In Paradise


00:22 – Face To Face – Don’t Turn Away
00:27 – Good Riddance – For God And Country
00:32 – No Use For A Name – Leche Con Carne
00:37 – Tilt – ‘Til It Kills
00:42 – Wizo – Uuaarrgh!
00:43 – Lagwagon – Hoss


00:48 – Snuff – Demmamussabebonk
00:53 – Hi-Standard – Growing Up
00:59 – Strung Out – Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues
01:05 – Propagandhi – Less Talk, More Rock
01:14 – Good Riddance – A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion
01:19 – Goober Patrol – Vacation
01:21 – Snuff – Flibbidydibbidydob
01:26 – Swingin’ Utters – A Juvenile Product Of The Working Class
01:31 – Screeching Weasel – Bark Like A Dog


01:34 – Screw 32 – Under The Influence Of Bad People
01:38 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Have A Ball
01:43 – Hi-Standard – Angry Fist
01:52 – No Use For A Name – Making Friends
01:56 – Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum
01:59 – Bracket – Novelty Forever


02:02 – Good Riddance – Ballads From The Revolution
02:10 – Tilt – Collect ‘Em All
02:12 – Strung Out – Twisted By Design
02:18 – Snuff – Tweet Tweet My Lovely
02:21 – Swingin’ Utters – Five Lessons Learned
02:28 – Mad Caddies – Duck And Cover
02:34 – Screeching Weasel – Television City Dream
02:39 – Goober Patrol – Unbearable Lightness Of Being Drunk
02:42 – Lagwagon – Let’s Talk About Feelings


02:54 – Sick Of It All – Potential For A Fall
02:55 – Good Riddance – Operation Phoenix
03:01 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Are A Drag
03:08 – Frenzal Rhomb – A Man’s Not a Camel
03:15 – Tilt – Viewers Like You
03:22 – No Use For A Name – More Betterness
03:26 – Consumed – Hit For Six
03:31 – Hi-Standard – Making The Road


03:37 – Snuff – Numb Nuts
03:40 – Bracket – When All Else Fails
03:41 – Avail – One Wrench
03:45 – Swingin’ Utters – Swingin’ Utters
03:50 – Less Than Jake – Borders And Boundaries
03:55 – Sick Of It All – Yours Truly


04:01 – Propagandhi – Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
04:11 – Zero Down – With A Lifetime To Pay
04:17 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Blow In The Wind
04:22 – Frenzal Rhomb – Shut Your Mouth
04:31 – Mad Caddies – Rock The Plank
04:36 – Anti-Flag – Underground Network
04:44 – Rise Against – The Unraveling
04:52 – The Dickies – All This And Puppet Stew
04:57 – Good Riddance – Symptoms Of A Leveling Spirit


05:02 – The Lawrence Arms – Apathy And Exhaustion
05:07 – Strung Out – An American Paradox
05:12 – Dillinger Four – Situationist Comedy
05:14 – No Use For A Name – Hard Rock Bottom
05:23 – Avail – Front Porch Stories


05:30 – Swingin’ Utters – Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, And Bones
05:35 – Mad Caddies – Just One More
05:40 – Lagwagon – Blaze
05:52 – Rise Against – Revolutions Per Minute
06:01 – NOFX – The War On Errorism
06:09 – Good Riddance – Bound By Ties Of Blood And Affection
06:12 – Frenzal Rhomb – Sans Souci
06:21 – None More Black – File Under Black
06:25 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Take A Break
06:30 – Sick Of It All – Life On The Ropes
06:32 – The Lawrence Arms – The Greatest Story Ever Told
06:35 – Anti-Flag – The Terror State
06:40 – Against Me! – As The Eternal Cowboy


06:46 – Descendents – Cool To Be You
06:50 – The Epoxies – Epoxies
06:56 – Joey Cape & Tony Sly – Acoustic
07:02 – Only Crime – To The Nines
07:06 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Ruin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah
07:14 – Strung Out – Exile In Oblivion


07:18 – Smoke Or Fire – Above The City
07:25 – Chixdiggit! – Pink Razors
07:31 – The Epoxies – Stop The Future
07:35 – No Use For A Name – Keep Them Confused
07:40 – The Soviettes – LP III
07:45 – The Real McKenzies – 10,000 Shots
07:55 – Against Me! – Searching For A Former Clarity
08:03 – Propagandhi – Potemkin City Limits
08:13 – Western Addiction – Cognicide
08:17 – Lagwagon – Resolve


08:23 – Randy – Randy The Band
08:27 – The Loved Ones – Keep Your Heart
08:33 – The Lawrence Arms – Oh! Calcutta!
08:38 – The Sainte Catherines – Dancing For Decadence
08:42 – Love Equals Death – Nightmerica
08:45 – NOFX – Wolves In Wolves’ Clothing
08:50 – None More Black – This Is Satire
08:53 – Good Riddance – My Republic
08:58 – Dead To Me – Cuban Ballerina
09:02 – Strike Anywhere – Dead FM
09:07 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Love Their Country
09:12 – Bad Astronaut – Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment


09:14 – Only Crime – Virulence
09:18 – Smoke Or Fire – This Sinking Ship
09:24 – Citizen Fish / Leftover Crack – Deadline
09:29 – Mad Caddies – Keep It Going
09:35 – Strung Out – Blackhawks Over Los Angeles
09:41 – The Flatliners – The Great Awake
09:47 – American Steel – Destroy Their Future


09:55 – The Loved Ones – Build & Burn
10:05 – No Use For A Name – The Feel Good Record Of The Year
10:10 – The Real Mckenzies – Off The Leash
10:16 – Star Fucking Hipsters – Until We’re Dead
10:19 – Dillinger Four – C I V I L W A R


10:25 – NOFX – Coaster
10:30 – Pour Habit – Suiticide
10:37 – American Steel – Dear Friends And Gentle Hearts
10:42 – Banner Pilot – Collapser
10:43 – Teenage Bottlerocket – The Came From The Shadows
10:48 – Strung Out – Agents Of The Underground
10:53 – Dead To Me – African Elephants


10:58 – Tony Sly – 12 Song Program
11:07 – The Flatliners – Cavalcade
11:11 – None More Black – Icons
11:14 – Smoke Or Fire – The Speakeasy


11:19 – Old Man Markley – Guts ‘N’ Teeth
11:31 – Screeching Weasel – First World Manifesto
11:38 – Pour Habit – Got Your Back
11:43 – Swingin’ Utters – Here, Under Protest
11:47 – Ellwood – Lost In Transition
11:55 – Cobra Skulls – Agitations
11:59 – Star Fucking Hipsters – From The Dumpster To The Grave
12:05 – Tony Sly – Sad Bear
12:13 – Frenzal Rhomb – Smoko At The Pet Food Factory
12:21 – Dead To Me – Moscow Penny Ante
12:26 – Banner Pilot – Heart Beats Pacific


12:31 – Useless ID – Symptoms
12:42 – The Real McKenzies – Westwinds
12:45 – Joey Cape & Tony Sly – Acoustic Volume 2
13:01 – Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
13:12 – Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes
13:16 – NOFX – Self Entitled

Well, I thought it was inevitable with the recent passing of Tony Sly, but it seems that No Use For A Name has made it somewhat official. They are no longer going to be playing together at all with that name. This breakup was allegedly confirmed by bassist Matt Riddle at the Macadam Festival in Quebec, Canada last Saturday, September 8th. The show was an epic night held as a benefit show for the Tony Sly Memorial Fund where the surviving members of the band reunited on stage along with a bunch of special guests. Apparently during the show Matt said,

“This is it. This is the last No Use For a Name show ever. No one wants to do this without Tony.”

R.I.P. Tony. You are dearly missed.

Tony Sly

Tony Sly

Last week I was saddened to hear that Tony Sly had passed away at the age of 41. According to reputable sources, one of my favorite singer/songwriters and front man for No Use For A Name apparently passed away in his sleep July 31. Tony was a prominent figure in the Bay Area music scene. Coming out of the South Bay with No Use For A Name, Tony has more recently been touring solo and working on other collaborations with Joey Cape of Lagwagon. In fact, Tony had just finished up a tour with Joey right before his passing. His last known played song was on that tour. It was Linoleum by NOFX in Gainsville, FL on July 29, and you can watch it here:

Tony’s passing was made public through Fat Wreck Chords who had the following to say:

“It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father – one of the true greats. Fat Mike had this to say: ‘One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.'”

The internet also blew up at the word of Tony’s passing with condolences sent from all over:

“We are truly saddened to hear about the passing of our friend Tony Sly. He was an amazing song writer and an amazing person. RIP Tony Sly.” –Rise Against

“So sad to hear of Tony Sly’s passing. One of the nicest guys ever. Our thoughts are with his family & friends. He’ll be greatly missed.” –The Offspring

“With the heaviest of hearts. Saddest of days. All of our thoughts are with Tonys family….” -Lagwagon

“Tony Sly, you wrote some solid songs. When we were just starting out, you generously let us crash your hotel floor. Stay gold man. Godspeed.” –The Ataris

“Terrible news today about Tony Sly passing away. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.” –Face To Face

“We’re extremely sad to hear about the passing of Tony Sly. RIP brother. You will be missed.” –The Bouncing Souls

“RIP Tony” -Chris Hannah (Propagandhi)

“goodbye to a good friend, tony sly
go easy, tony sly. thanks for all the good times.” –Bad Religion

“In life, there are few people that you can say because they lived you are a better person. Because you were apart of each others lives they made you better…… More appreciative, work hard, and define yourself. Tony Sly was that person in my life. I was blessed to grow as a person playing his songs and finding myself in ‘his’ expression. He gave me a chance to full fill my dreams as an artist and I would not be where I am today without him. I will forever miss you and may you rest in peace. I will hold our memories and our times close to my heart forever. Thank you Tony.” -Dave Nassie (Ex-guitarist of No Use For A Name)

“Our good friend and No Use For a Name band member, Tony Sly has passed away. Pulley toured with NUFAN many times back in the heyday. We will miss him and the music he made very much. R.I.P.” –Pulley

“Rest In Peace Tony Sly, it’s sad day knowing you’ve passed away, thanks for the great music-Moderator.” –Enemy You

“Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the family of Tony Sly . On behalf of Strung Out you will be missed and your music will live on and inspire for generations.” –Strung Out

“We are sad to hear of the passing of Tony Sly today. Thanks for the years of great songwriting and shows. RIP.” –Goldfinger

“Tony Sly made me want to be a better singer. Thank you for the “Redemption Song” duets and the great memories, musical and otherwise. RIP, my friend.” –88 Fingers Louie

“RIP Tony Sly, there’ll be many a shot for you this weekend. Thoughts go out to family and friends.” –Frenzal Rhomb

“Remembering a friend. One of the best. Goodnight Tony.” -Lagwagon

“RIP Tony. So many great memories. Such a tremendous loss. You will be missed.” –Good Riddance

Tony got launched into music at the age of 18 with his induction into No Use For A Name in 1989, two years after the band was started. He immediately proved to be an essential part of the band, not only because of his singer/songwriting skills, but also his head for the music industry. He helped the band release its full-length debut in 1991 with Incognito, which was produced by Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records and was released by Bay Area record label, New Red Archives.

No Use For A Name went on to sign with Fat Wreck Chords for their third album, The Daily Grind, in 1993. It was not until 1995 that the band started getting really popular when they released Leche Con Carne. This album featured the song, “Soulmate,” which is supposedly the first Fat Wreck Chords single to ever get played on MTV. Check it out:

No Use’s last studio release was their ninth overall and was back in 2008 with The Feel Good Record of the Year. Recently, the band had been reportedly working on a new studio album. I wonder what will become of any remnants of that. Tony also recently released the solo album Sad Bear in 2011. It is unknown if No Use will try and continue on without Tony.

There is a memorial for Tony this coming Friday August 10th. A release from Fat Wreck Chords on August 7, stated the following:

“The loss of a loved one is a stark reminder of how short life really is, especially when they go before their time. Last week, Tony Sly was taken too soon, dying peacefully in his sleep at age 41. He is survived by his wife Brigitte, their two daughters Fiona and Keira, his brothers Mike and Jonathan Sly, and his parents Pauline and John Sly. In our time of grief it has been the stories from all over the world shared by band members, friends, and fans that have brought solace in an inconsolable time. To his family, he was a loving husband, a father, a brother, and a son; to us he was a loyal friend, an artist, a poet, and a philosopher. He was a man unafraid to bare his soul to the world. Throughout his lifetime as a musician, whether it was fronting No Use For a Name, or during his solo career, it was as if he was speaking directly to each of us, and because of that, each of us felt a special connection to him. Of course the real connection was to his family, and his loved ones, but somehow when he sang ‘International You Day’ (for Brigitte of course) you felt that he was singing to you. Thank you, Brigitte, Fiona, and Keira, for sharing him with us. He was loved by so many, and will be forever missed.

With a heavy heart we will say goodbye to Tony this Friday, August 10th in San Jose at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, located at 80 South Market Street. Service starts at 9:30AM. Please arrive early as the street will be closed due to the area Jazz Festival. The service is public in hopes that all of you, friends and fans, who have loved and supported Tony, can join us to celebrate his life and his legacy.

Many have asked how they can support Tony’s family in this trying time. A memorial fund has been created to help support Fiona and Keira, and you can DONATE HERE.

Those of you unable to contribute financially, but still wanting to show support, can send letters and share memories of Tony with his family by writing to:

Tony Sly Memorial
PO Box 54405
San Jose, CA 95154

We have no choice but to say goodbye to the physical presence of Tony Sly, but he will live on in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in our memories; eternally through his music and his children. Goodbye, our friend.”

I hope to see some of you on Friday as I will be attending the memorial mass. RIP Tony. You are missed greatly.

Tony Sly’s Last Show:

It’s probably no secret that one of my favorite bands is NOFX. I try to get to their shows whenever they are playing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Back in January, I got to go see them for their two night run at the Fillmore with Old Man Markley, No Use For A Name, and Lagwagon. It was a great two nights, but the second night was probably the crazier of the two. On the second night, there was an incident now known as “Melvingate.”

Halfway thorough “I’m Telling TimEric Melvin was tackled by a drunk fan who made a very quick retreat into the crowd. Melvin soon followed with a jump after the guy. The greatest thing was that I just happened to catch it all on video. In fact, I caught the whole show on video. Instead of telling you all about it, why don’t you just come with me in my time machine back to the show!

You can check out the whole show at the following link:
or you can check out any of the individual videos from the show below.

Now, let’s go to Punk Rock show, kids!!

Of course, the show starts off with regular banter, but Hefe also gets a demo CD from a guy in the crowd who was there both nights. A guy they named, Gallagher, because he looked similar to the comedian.
Right into “60%,” Fat Mike is hit directly in the fact with a drink. Not cool, and the band asks for the crowd to turn in the culprit for $100. The show had a lot of energy and it was hard to stand still so the shot is pretty shaky.

Running through their set with “Murder The Government,” “I’m Telling Tim,” and “It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite.” Everything seemed to be going well until Eric Melvin gets tackled on stage at the beginning of “I’m Telling Tim.” He gets up and stage dives after the guy into the crowd where he is joined by Fat Mike and some of the Fat crew.

“Leaving Jesusland.”

“Totally Fucked.”

Playing “black music played by whites and Mexicans,” or “Eat The Meek.”

“Seeing Double At The Triple Rock.”

About 1/3 done with their set. Although they state that this show is definitely in their top 800 played, they do screw up the start to “Mattersville.”

“Fuck The Kids Revisited” and “Linoleum,” and you get to find out what snowballing is if you did not already know!

A guy gets up on stage and tries to take pictures, but is very quickly rushed off during “Wore Out The Soles Of My Party Boots.”

“The Moron Brothers.” Appropriately enough, the guy in front decides to be an ass and give people the bird.

Here, they change the name of the song a little from “Arming The Proletariat With Potato Guns” to “Arming Puerto Ricans With Potato Guns.”


“Blasphemy (The Victimless Crime).” They also call out a guy in the crowd, calling him Dave Mustaine.

Here, they screw up the start of “The Malachi Crunch,” but then they nail it in true NOFX style.

Finishing up their set with “The Separation Of Church And Skate.”

Starting their encore with “Doornails.” They also unveil their second night banner!

“Stickin’ In My Eye.”

“Don’t Call Me White.”

Continuing through their encore with “I Wanna Be An Alcoholic” and “Fuck The Kids.”

And, finishing up with show with “Kill All The White Man.”

Hope you enjoyed the show!!