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Because production time prohibits some artists from releasing full-length albums about timely topics, they write the songs anyway and put them up on their website (like the Beastie Boys, System of a Down and Tom Paxton). The boys in NOFX don't give a fuck about being timely. And why should they? How much longer after the 9/11 tragedies was the record-buying public bombarded with 9/11-themed CDs? Forever.

The boys in NOFX have grown up a little since the group's 1983 inception. On its latest body of work, The War on Errorism, NOFX gets political. The band is mad about the 2000 "election," and its anger doesn't stop with the lyrics. The group's first interactive CD contains a trailer for Unprecedented, an indie flick about the 2000 presidential theft. It also includes a link to the band's new website, www.punkvoter.com, where little punklings can register to vote against Dubya.

Errorism is an arsenal of tunes attacking the System, the Machine, the Man and punk rock for not being punk rock anymore. To be punk rock used to mean anti-establishment, anti-corporation and anti-radio. Now the genre is so watered-down it's unpalatable.

Sometimes, the message and the music on Errorism don't quite fit together and the lyrics seemed forced, like they're trying to squeeze a cylinder peg into a triangle hole. The song that works the best is "Franco Un-American": "I'm eating vegetarian cuz a Fast Food Nation/I wear comfortable shoes cuz a globalization/I'm watching Michael Moore expose 'The Awful Truth'/I'm listening to Public Enemy and Reagan Youth."

Not every song on the album is political: Some are about chicks and drugs. But it's all very NOFX: Fun and stingingly sarcastic, with a beat you can dance to.

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