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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Brace Yourselves, Fat Mike Has Written a Musical

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM

click to enlarge Jeff Marx, Soma Snakeoil, and Fat Mike - SHERVIN LAINEZ
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  • Jeff Marx, Soma Snakeoil, and Fat Mike
If you're the kind of person who really loved Cats and Mamma Mia!, but thought both musicals would have benefited from the inclusion of fetish film actresses and musical numbers with titles like "Bearly  Legal" and "Fecal Alcohol Syndrome," well do we have news for you.

Fat Mike, better known as the frontman of NOFX and a guy you really shouldn't sneak up behind, especially if his back's hurting, announced today that he's penned a "punk-rock musical concept album" called Home Street Home, out Feb. 10 (on Fat Wreck Chords, of course) in advance of a stage production TBA. "Ever since I saw Rocky Horror when I was 8, I've been intrigued by musicals," writes Fat Mike in the press release, which really makes a surprising amount of sense. 

With music written by Fat Mike and his ladyfriend, the actress-writer Soma Snakeoil, alongside the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q composer and lyricist Jeff Marx, the story follows Sue, "a 16-year-old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture and alternative lifestyle of the streets." It's based on "true stories of the authors' experiences."

And all in time for Valentine's Day!

Even if your honey isn't exactly into deviant street subculture, the album credits are a veritable who's-who of West Coast punk, with appearances by No Use For A Name's Tony Sly (RIP), Dance Hall Crashers' Karina Denike, Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, and members of the Descendents, Lagwagon, Old Man Markley, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and more. And on the heels of Green Day's ascent into widespread mainstream respectability/final nail in the sellout coffin following the stage production of American Idiot, we have to wonder: Is this now some required part of the aging process for '90s Bay Area punk bands? Et tu, Rancid? Anyway, full track list below:

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Home Street Home
01. Monsters
02. Three String Guitar
03. Urban Campers
04. Fecal Alcohol Syndrome
05. Three Against Me
06. High Achievers
07. Gutter Tarts
08. Bad Decision
09. Missing Child
10. I'm Suicide
11. Let's Get Hurt
12. Safe Words
13. Another Bad Decision
14. Seeping Beauty (Reprise)
15. Bearly Legal
16. Because I Want To
17. Life... Oh What a Drag
18. The Agony of Victory

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