Tuesday , September 22 2020

NoFX – White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean

NoFX’s White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean, besides having a hilarious politically incorrect title, is ’90s punk at its dangerous but lovable best. Released eleven years ago by the original and best version of NoFX, the title refers to band members Erik Ghint (drums), Fat Mike (bass, vocals), Eric Melvin (guitar) and El Hefe (guitar, trumpet, vocals) respectively.

Production by Donnell Cameron and the band is full, punchy and clean. The band’s amazing precision leaps out without losing power. Socially conscious without the portentousness of Bad Religion, the band’s humor shines throughout.

Standouts are the smoking “Soul Doubt” and “Stickin’ in My Eye”; a jazzy and ironic version of Minor Threat’s “Straight Edge”; a punchy and tuneful “Liza and Louise”; the Mexi-ska of “Johnny Appleseed”; and the neo-Rudy Vallee of “Buggley Eyes,” a Cameron favorite.

“We rented a Gibson jazz bass guitar and made an imitation stand up bass sound. Al’s Studio Rentals [film props] was next door to the studio, and they had this little gramophone in there, so we got that. My mom has some old 78’s. We recorded the scratchy sound of the needle on the leading grooves just before the song starts, and used that as sort of a wash. That was really fun,” Cameron told me.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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