nofx, d4, and the DIY ethic
because we ask ourselves why we live in a place thirty degrees colder than your freezer, minnesotans just eat up validation from california or new york. chris riemenschneider's friday column in the strib gives a heads-up on a cool mention of an emerging local institution.
NOFX immortalizes minnpunks dillinger four and the club down the street in "seeing double at the triple rock." i didn't know d4 was recording on (nofx bassist) fat mike's fat wreck chords, but the pairing makes perfect sense. both bands subscribe to the punk DIY ethic of independent record labels, squirrelly politically charged rants, and public nudity.
my son shares fat mike's birthday, his sensibility, and his vintage metal-flake danelectro DC bass, so i hear lots of nofx these days (they're not advocacting bestiality, dad, they're making fun of it). i must have played punk in drublic around the house when he was still in diapers, so i can only blame myself. i know less about minnesota punks d4, but like their big chunky sound. in 'tude, they remind me a little of madison's pummeling and pioneering killdozer, which came up with titles like intellectuals are the shoeshine boys of the ruling elite that rival d4's a floater left with pleasure in the executive washroom. the fact that they own at least a chunk of the triple rock on cedar avenue is just a bonus. i'm kind of ashamed i've never been inside the place, but will have to organize a happy hour at some point. i'm guessing it probably isn't the best place to take our new grad school recruits, but who knows?
without further ado, here's the song (downloadable for free at fatwreck.com -- this is why i still love the punks) and selected lyrics:
It's 3 o'clock at the Triple Rock, another round of watching Paddy talk
It's where you wanna get snowed in when you get
Snowed in, outside it's 10 below, is it day or night, we don't care or know
What we know is that we don't wanna be
Anywhere but here, please don't make us leave
When in Minnesota and you got a drinking quota
I'm seeing double at the Triple Rock, we're still here watching Paddy talk
Then undress, then get out the duct tape
The one question still remains, how much more art can we take?
I'll let you know when the medication wears off ...