Bonus Fat

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Bonus Fat
Compilation album by the Descendents
Released 1985
Recorded 1979 at Media Art studios and March 1981 at Music Lab in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Genre Punk rock
Length 10:04
Label New Alliance
Producer Spot, David Nolte
Descendents chronology
I Don't Want to Grow Up
Bonus Fat

Bonus Fat is a compilation album by the Manhattan Beach, California-based punk rock band the Descendents, released in 1985 through New Alliance Records. It combines the band's 1979 debut single "Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World" with the 1981 Fat EP and the track "Global Probing", which had originally appeared on the 1981 New Alliance/SST Records compilation Chunks.

New Alliance initially released Bonus Fat as a 12" EP.[1] In 1987 New Alliance was sold to SST, who re-released Bonus Fat on EP, cassette, and compact disc. In 1988 it was paired with the band's debut album Milo Goes to College as Two Things at Once.


Ned Raggett of Allmusic gave Bonus Fat three stars out of five and focused his comments on "Ride the Wild" and "It's a Hectic World", calling them "gentle, surf-inspired power pop more than anything else."[2] He noted that "It's a Hectic World" is "even more explicitly surfy in ways, but with a nervous, flat new wave edge to it as well — not quite Devo if they grew up on the coast, but there's something to that comparison."[2] Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone remarked that the inclusion of these two songs "can't be considered much of a bonus."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Dad Sucks" (from the Fat EP, 1981) Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo 0:35
2. "Mr. Bass" (from the Fat EP, 1981) Navetta 2:05
3. "I Like Food" (from the Fat EP, 1981) Bill Stevenson 0:16
4. "Hey Hey" (from the Fat EP, 1981) Lombardo 1:31
5. "Weinerschnitzel" (from the Fat EP, 1981) Stevenson, Pat McCuistion 0:10
6. "Global Probing" (from Chunks, 1981) Navetta 1:05
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ride the Wild" (from "Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World", 1979) Navetta 2:30
2. "It's a Hectic World" (from "Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World", 1979) Lombardo 1:52
Total length:






  1. ^ Blush, Steven (2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Los Angeles: Feral House. p. 310. ISBN 0-922915-71-7. 
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Review: Bonus Fat". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  3. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2004). "Descendents Biography". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  4. ^ "F.A.Q.". Descendents. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  5. ^ Somery (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. 1991. SST CD 259. 
  6. ^ Two Things at Once (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. 1988. SST CD 145.