snfu were a punk band from canada, they broke up a year or two ago after a 20 year or so career. all the lps they released had 7 word titles. they are probably the only band i have ever seen at my peak listening time of the band. I got to see and meet them twice, once way back in 1996 or 95 and then again with bad religion a few years later (i got to meet bad religion too). the first time i saw them they played to 11 people at the civic youth center in canberra, the second time was at a packed ANU bar with frenzal rhomb and b(L)a(n)d religion. After their first visit i decided to start listening to their records, i liked them, infact i still do. Of all the mediocre pop punk/melodic hardcore epitaph/fatwreck etc etc bands of that time they are the only one i still listen to on a regular basis. In my humble opinion the records actually got better over time aswell. it would seem to me that of all the epitaph/fat bands had a moment where there were 'some' great songs on one record then they would just play new versions of that song endlessly, i'm not saying that SNFU are innocent of this its just that the one song they wrote and then re-birthed endlessly was stacks better than the output of all of their contemporaries.
the final two SNFU releases (as far as a i know) were the ping pong ep and the lp in the meantime and in between times, the ep i am only just discovering and feeling my way through the song "i'm your carpet" is amazing and i would suggest it to all people. The lp saved me from a depressing winter last year. You know how when you're feeling down or bland or a bit despondant its easy to latch onto something - anything, a bottle, a girl, a football team just something outside of you to lift your spirits? well last year it was this lp that got me through some cold and meager months.
the song sick lee and coward lee has a line "even the slightess speck of sun will lift you up when you're down", upon hearing this i walked out of my office cubicle to see if it was true, unfortunately for me it was raining and grey as it was most of last winter, but when the sun did come out it was true and my mood lifted for a bit. it was cos of this record that i quit my cushy temp job and went to work at VU library, tried in vain to bring 'da heavy head dance' into common party vernacular, according to the song the heavy head dance is when you hand your head real low and sway from side to side, the tag line being there's more to life than thrash so lets get stoned and dance. the lyrics like all SNFU records are completely off the wall but seemingly these lyrics are a wee bit more hopeful? i'm not sure how to put it words are failing me right now, the jist is if you can find it get yourself a copy, ask me and i'll even tape you a copy. did you hear about the one legged bridge jumper who broke his good leg in the fall?
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