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

You may not have been alive in 1983, when punk rock icon NOFX was started in Berkeley. That was nearly 30 years ago, after all, and the world was a very different place: Ronald Reagan was president, “big” East Bay punk bands like Rancid or Green Day didn't exist, and Thriller was only a year old. Since then, while you were learning to walk and talk and shit politely, NOFX sold more than 6 million records. It put out a ridiculous number of fast, sarcastic, often gut-bustingly funny songs about topics like discovering one's lesbian side, George W. Bush, being called “white,” and drugs and alcohol. (Drugs and alcohol being a favorite, both as song topics and activities.) NOFX refused to join a major label, and actively discouraged its songs from getting on the radio. It grew a gigantic fan base anyway.

And while the band retains its independence today, some things have changed: Frontman Fat Mike, for example, is a father (and a golfer). He's also the head of Fat Wreck Chords, a San Francisco punk label that's home to artists like Rise Against and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Ahead of NOFX's two (sold-out) shows at the Fillmore this Friday and Saturday, we called up Fat Mike to talk about fatherhood, his label, and recreational pharmaceuticals.

How's the tour been so far?

It's been excellent. Not a lot of sleep, but a lot of drugs, lots of sold-out shows.

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