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Thursday, January 19, 2012

NOFX's Fat Mike on Taking Drugs, Being a Father, and Joining the Mile High Club

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Are you living in the city these days?

I live in Noe Valley.

How does being a father change the experience of living in S.F.?

You gotta pay for private school. It's a lottery where your kid goes to school. So you know, I'm not dropping off my kid at some ghetto school. I'm not dropping off the rich white girl at some ghetto school [laughs]. That's just the reality of San Francisco. What's it like being a father in a punk band is a more interesting question, the way I'm living.

Well, what's that like?

That's weird because I'm a casual drug user and pretty much I sing about everything in my life -- things you don't want your children to know about. So I gotta deal with that. But you know, she's 7, she probably won't find out the evils of my lifestyle until she's 14 or 15.

Do you plan introducing her to it at some point? Like, "This is what I was really doing when I was 'away on business'"?

Well, she knows I'm on tour. But the Internet is pretty far-reaching now, and she does have an [iPod Touch], so it won't be too hard for her to start looking me up on the Internet and seeing bad things that I've done. And read my lyrics.

What are you going to tell her about that stuff?

I'm going to say, 'You should be like your dad, and don't do drugs until you're in your 30s, after you graduated college and made your first million dollars.' That's a good time to start doing drugs. That's when I started doing drugs, was in my 30s.

Speaking of drugs, what's your pre-show party routine?

I take a valium and drink vodka drinks. Maybe three or four.

I hear you guys are working on a new record.

Sure.

Any idea on a name or a date yet?

No. We're going to record in April, and we have about nine songs demo'd. But more importantly -- what I think is more interesting is that I just did a soundtrack for this fetish film called Rubber Bordello. My girlfriend's a dominatrix, so she makes fetish films, and she did one that takes place in the 1900s. So I got some cool musicians from around San Francisco and made a ragtime soundtrack. The film comes out in February and the soundtrack comes out in February.

Someone told me to ask you about the time you got a membership into the mile-high club.

It's not very interesting. At the time, my ex-wife, there was a plane you could hire and they had a bed in the back, it was a single-engine plane. And they flew you around San Francisco for an hour, and you fuck in the back of the plane. The only difference was that she tied me up, so there was some bondage going on. So I was kind of in the bondage mile-high club.

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