NOFX

Liberal Animation

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Recorded by Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion/Epitaph fame, NOFX, in 1988, proved to be a formidable challenge for even him. The sound is very raw and loose; the lyrics are slightly humorous at best and sophomoric at worst. Compared to the brilliant work that followed after the band became serious, it's a tough listen. Liberal Animation sounds as if a talented, up-and-coming band somehow got three days in a studio with a legendary producer but didn't yet know how to take advantage of such an opportunity, so instead turned it into a laughable experience. After selling it independently with dismal results, the band finally turned it over to Epitaph in 1991. One song, "Beer Bong," still creeps into the band's set list and features Fat Mike belching on command.

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