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SNFU
SNFU at Starlite Room, Edmonton
SNFU at Starlite Room, Edmonton
Background information
Origin Edmonton
Alberta
Flag of Canada Canada
Genre(s) Punk Rock
Post Punk
Years active 19811989;
19912005;
2007
Label(s) Rake Records
Alternative Tentacles
Epitaph Records
Cargo Records
BYO Records
Associated
acts
Slaveco
Members
Ken Chinn
Ken Flemming
Brian MacCullum
Former members
Marc Belke
Brent Belke

Warren Bidlock
Jimmy Schmitz
Dave Bacon
Curtis Creager
Ken Flemming
Rob Johnson
Matt Warhurst
Evan C. Jones
Jon Card
Ted Simm
Dave Rees
Sean Stubbs
Chris Thompson
Shane Smith
Trevor Macgregor
Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 398 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (680 × 1024 pixel, file size: 308 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to en. ... For other places with the same name, see Edmonton (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Edmonton (disambiguation). ... Motto: Fortis et liber(Latin) Strong and free Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Official languages English (see below) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong - Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 28 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (split from Northwest Territories) (8th [Province]) Area Ranked... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Post-punk was a popular musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... See also: 2007 in British music 2007 in hip hop Musical groups established in 2007 Record labels established in 2007 // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cargo Records is a London, UK based distributor of independent record labels selling to UK retailers and distributors around the world. ... BYO Records is a Los Angeles, California based independent punk rock record label created by Shawn and Mark Stern, two of the three brothers of the seminal California punk rock band Youth Brigade (the third being Adam Stern who plays bass but does not run BYO). ...

SNFU is a Canadian hardcore band which started in 1981, disbanded between 1989 and 1991, broke up in 2005, and reassembled in 2007. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


The band originally hailed from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, later relocating to Vancouver. Over twenty five years, their career saw them move through various sub-genres of punk rock, including hardcore punk in the early '80s, skate punk in the mid-late '80s, and melodic hardcore in the '90s. The band was known initially for its sardonic lyrical and visual aesthetics, mostly the product of lead singer Ken Chinn, (aka Mr. Chi Pig) and aggressive guitar work by twin brothers Marc "Muc" and Brent "Bunnt" Belke. Flipside fanzine voted them "Best Live Band" in 1987, beating the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fugazi. Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Hardcore punk, now commonly known as hardcore, is a subgenre of punk rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ... Skate punk (also known as skatepunk, skate-punk, skate-thrash, surf punk, or skate-core) was originally a derivative of hardcore punk , so named because of its popularity among skateboarders, and the fact that many members of skate punk bands were themselves skaters. ... Melodic hardcore is a subgenre of hardcore punk. ... Flipside was a punk rock fanzine published in Los Angeles, California from 1977 - 2001. ... A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... “Fugazi” redirects here. ...


While originally an acronym for "Society's No Fucking Use", the meaning of those four letters changed over the years, with the band eventually becoming ambiguous on assigning them a specific reference.


The band had an unusual quirk of releasing albums with seven words in the title. Through their career, they've featured seven different bassists and eight different drummers.


Former guitarist Marc Belke is adamant that the band is no more, his website and MySpace page for the band have left no room for new SNFU work[1]


Chi has said in interviews that "SNFU dies when [he dies,]" and, in 2007, has led a new lineup for a handful of live shows.

Contents

History

The '80s - band forms, first four LPs

Singer Chinn and the Belke brothers initially met at a skateboarding competition in the early '80s. Their shared interest in the burgeoning punk rock movement led them to agree to form a band. The first of many SNFU rhythm sections featured Warren Bidlock and Evan C. Jones, playing bass and drums respectively. A skateboarder performing a frontside lipslide Skateboarding is the act of rolling on or performing tricks with a skateboard. ...


After a debut EP, "Victims of the Womanizer," their first, very influential album was ...And No One Else Wanted To Play, which was recorded in late 1984 and eventually picked up by the Californian label BYO Records. Jimmy Schmidtz had replaced Bidlock by this point. was the first full-length album from Edmonton, Albertas punk band SNFU. It was released on BYO Records in 1984. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... BYO Records is a Los Angeles, California based independent punk rock record label created by Shawn and Mark Stern, two of the three brothers of the seminal California punk rock band Youth Brigade (the third being Adam Stern who plays bass but does not run BYO). ...


Following the success of their debut, SNFU recorded two more studio LPs in the '80s. Both of these featured different rhythm sections. The first was If You Swear, You'll Catch No Fish, recorded in 1986 and with Dave Bacon on bass and Jon Card playing drums. Card is notable for having worked with several popular Canadian punk rock bands, including the Subhumans, D.O.A., and, as a guest musician, NoMeansNo. The second was Better Than A Stick In The Eye, with Curtis Creager and Ted Simm in the band. This album was recorded in 1988 and was distributed by Cargo Records, a larger label than the band had previously dealt with. In 1989, Simm departed and Card briefly returned to replace him, but the band disbanded in late 1989 for reasons mostly unstated publicly. Shortly after the breakup, the band released The Last Of The Big Time Suspenders, a CD consisting of live material, demos, and studio outtakes. If You Swear, Youll Catch No Fish was the second full-length album from Edmonton, Albertas seminal punk band SNFU. It was released on BYO Records in 1986. ... This page is about the Canadian band called The Subhumans. ... D.O.A. is a hardcore punk band from Vancouver. ... Nomeansno is a rock music group originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and now located in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Better Than A Stick In The Eye is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1988. ... Cargo Records is a London, UK based distributor of independent record labels selling to UK retailers and distributors around the world. ... The Last Of The Big Time Suspenders is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1991. ...


The '90s - reformation through Brent Belke's departure

During the 90's, Chi fronted a Vancouver punk outfit that called themselves "The Wongs". They released an EP under this name. The Belke brothers also worked on a melodic rock side project called the Wheat Chiefs.


In 1991, SNFU resurfaced. In tow they had yet another new rhythm section (with bassist Ken Flemming, whose tenure was brief, and drummer Dave Rees,) stronger melodic presence and, after a small-run EP on the Hom Wreckards imprint, Beautiful, Unlike You and I, a record deal with Epitaph Records. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Rob Johnson, aka "the Buck" or "Starbuck," soon replaced Flemming, and this lineup had the distinction of being the only SNFU lineup to appear on multiple proper studio albums. They released Something Green And Leafy This Way Comes (1993,) The One Voted Most Likely To Succeed (1995,) and FYULABA (aka Fuck You Up Like A Bad Accident, 1996,) all on Epitaph. 1998 saw the release of Let's Get It Right The First Time, a live album on their own label, Rake Records, featuring live versions of popular songs from their past, mostly material from the Epitaph years and their debut LP. Something Green And Leafy This Way Comes is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1993. ... The One Voted Most Likely To Succeed is a music album by Vancouver punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1995 through Epitaph Records. ... Fuck You Up Like a Band Accident - an album released in 1996 by Vancouver band SNFU. Categories: 1996 albums ...


The final release for the classic '90s lineup was a five-song EP called the Ping Pong EP, which was released in 2000 on the Alternative Tentacles label. The Ping Pong EP is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 2000. ... Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. ...


At the end of the decade, the band announced the departure of both Rees and Brent Belke, the latter of whom was leaving to pursue a career in filmmaking in California. The band decided to remain a four-piece, and hired drummer Sean Stubbs to replace Rees.


2000-2005

The band toured sporadically through the 2000s. Stubbs was soon replaced by a string of new drummers, including Chris Thompson and Shane Smith. In 2002, Johnson left, and was replaced by bassist Matt Warhurst. Shortly after, Trevor Macgregor became the band's drummer. This lineup recorded the band's final album, "In The Meantime And In Between Time," which was released on Rake in 2004.


At the end of the summer of 2005, after 23 years of existence, 9 full-length albums (plus one EP) and many worldwide tours, SNFU members announced that they had decided to disband[2].


2007

July 21 and 22, 2007 saw a band taking to the stage as SNFU once more. Mr. Chi Pig on vocals, Ken Flemming (from SNFU 1991) on guitar, Brian MacCullum (Karen Foster) playing bass.[3] On August 25th, Mr. Chi Pig, accompanied by a band he refers to as "asSNFU" traveled to small British Columbian town Grand Forks to play one show supported by progressive Canadian instrumental punk band Removal.


Critical analysis

Although they occasionally dabble in social commentary, SNFU are lyrically known for their love of gross-out humor ("My Mold Collection," "The Cannibal Cafe,") violence ("Bodies In The Wall," "The Great Mind Eraser,") and tabloid-esque pop culture commentary and satire ("Bobbitt," "Quentin Tarantino Can't Act!", "Better Homes And Gardens.") Chinn's vocal delivery involves an informed melodic instinct, favoring fifths, octave leaps and speak/sing dynamics.


The Belke brothers' guitar work is dense and active, closer to traditional hard rock than punk in execution, despite decidedly punk riffs. Although they've gone through many bassists and drummers, SNFU have maintained a high calibre of musicianship, making them more musically accomplished than most punk rock bands. Hard Rock redirects here. ...


SNFU is also notable for having played on the first wave of several musical movements within the punk rock scene. Hardcore punk became omnipresent among punk bands shortly after SNFU began playing it in 1982. Skateboarding was also quickly adopted by punk rockers, particularly in North America, around the time that SNFU incorporated skating influence into their music. In the early '90s, a breed of punk rock best described as melodic hardcore, which included influence from pop-punk and grunge musics, became very popular when bands such as Green Day, NOFX and the Offspring began playing it. Although SNFU's popularity never touched these contemporaries, they can accurately claim to have adopted the musical style at the same time. Hardcore punk, now commonly known as hardcore, is a subgenre of punk rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ... A skateboarder performing a frontside lipslide Skateboarding is the act of rolling on or performing tricks with a skateboard. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Melodic hardcore is a subgenre of hardcore punk. ... Pop punk (also known as punk pop and other names) is a fusion genre that combines elements of punk rock with pop music, to varying degrees. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... NOFX is an American punk rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. ... For other uses, see Offspring (disambiguation). ...


Current members

Vocals

  • Ken Chinn, aka Mr Chi Pig - 1981-1989, 1991-2005, 2007

Guitar

  • Ken Flemming - 1991 (bass), 2007 (guitar)

Bass

  • Brian MacCullum - 2007

Former members

Guitar

  • Marc Belke, aka Muc - 1981-1989, 1991-2005
  • Brent Belke, aka Bunnt - 1981-1989, 1991-1999

Bass

  • Warren Bidlock - 1981-1983
  • Jimmy Schmitz - 1983-1985
  • Dave Bacon - 1985-1986
  • Curtis Creager - 1987-1989
  • Ken Flemming - 1991
  • Rob Johnson, aka Starbuck - 1991-2002
  • Matt Warhurst - 2002-2005

Drums

  • Evan C. Jones - 1981-1984
  • Jon Card - 1984-1986, 1989
  • Ted Simm - 1986-1988
  • Dave Rees - 1991-1999
  • Sean Stubbs - 1999-2001
  • Chris Thompson - 2001-2002
  • Shane Smith - 2002-2003
  • Trevor Macgregor - 2003-2005

Discography

was the first full-length album from Edmonton, Albertas punk band SNFU. It was released on BYO Records in 1984. ... If You Swear, Youll Catch No Fish was the second full-length album from Edmonton, Albertas seminal punk band SNFU. It was released on BYO Records in 1986. ... Better Than A Stick In The Eye is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1988. ... The Last Of The Big Time Suspenders is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1991. ... Something Green And Leafy This Way Comes is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1993. ... The One Voted Most Likely To Succeed is a music album by Vancouver punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1995 through Epitaph Records. ... Fuck You Up Like a Band Accident - an album released in 1996 by Vancouver band SNFU. Categories: 1996 albums ... Lets Get It Right the First Time is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 1998. ... The Ping Pong EP is a music album by Edmonton punk rock band SNFU. The album was released in 2000. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.snfu.com
  2. ^ http://www.snfu.com/home.php
  3. ^ http://www.thecobalt.net/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=5795&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

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