Anniversary: NOFX’s Heavy Petting Zoo turns 25

In the same year that NOFX release a reworking of one of their most popular songs (which wasn’t actually a single) as the lead single for a new, upcoming album, the band’s sixth full-length, Heavy Petting Zoo, turns 25. Opening with the short, punk burst of “Hobophobic (Scared of Bums),” the following track, “Philthy Phil Philanthropist,” offers ska verses reminiscent of Millencolin’s Life on a Plate, whilst other instruments thrown into the mix give it that predictable unpredictability that makes NOFX’s music so engaging. Originally released at end of January 1996, the album is comprised of 13 songs of various speeds and degrees of heaviness, and it’s that variety which keeps things interesting. For example, the slow-and-heavy “Hotdog in a Hallway” is s...

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