Love them or hate them (and quite frankly I don’t think they really give a shit either way), NOFX has been at it for a long time. While they still crank out new music, which is definitely worth your time by the way… they are most famous for their now trademark SO-Cal skate punk sound they really developed in the 90s. While often overshadowed by White Trash, Two Heebs, And A Bean and Punk In Drublic, NOFX’s third studio album Ribbed is easily one of my favorites by these punks.
Released back in 1991, Ribbed is most notable for being the last album before El Hefe joined the band on guitar, and it was also the last album that Brett of Bad Religion produced. With 14 songs, Ribbed is a lot more raw than their later works, yet showed the direction they were heading. Take Fat Mike’s voice for instance as it’s not the cleaner sound we’re used to: he’s straining, struggling, and passionate as hell. Filled with the obnoxious jokes we’re used to from NOFX (ranging from breast implants and terrible puns as heard on Food Sex and Ewe), Ribbed is a solid listen for anyone interested in learning what the band sounded like before they became a household name.
You probably won’t hear many, if any, of these songs live but songs like “Moron Brothers” and “Shower Days” are easily some of my favorite that NOFX have ever written. If you dig skate punk, this is a must.