(Guest pass courtesy of Patrick Houdek)
After charging through a musical pilgrimage from San Francisco to the booming L.A. punk scene, NOFX settled into an unwavering lineup and wasted no time in throwing down the best punk rock they could muscle. While the quartet was no stranger to hard work (they’d been together since 1983), it wasn’t until their 1994 studio release Punk in Drublic until they received wide acclaim. NOFX’s 1998 Metro show narrowly followed the release of their seventh studio album, So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes, which was inspired by their experiences being pelted by crowd surfers’ footwear onstage. The album, harkening back to the lethal austerity and focused fury of early punk, was dubbed NOFX’s “third best album” in its liner notes. With an arsenal of faultlessly blunt punk rock cuts and an ungainly stage presence, NOFX’s wasn’t anyone’s third choice. Any inklings of doubt will surely be quashed by this insane bootleg of the show. Give the show a listen here.