Coaster (album)

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Coaster
Studio album by NOFX
Released April 28, 2009
Recorded November 2008 – February 2009 at Motor Studios, San Francisco, CA
Genre Punk rock, ska punk
Length 32:48
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Producer Bill Stevenson
NOFX chronology
The Myspace Transmissions, Vol. 11
(2009)
Coaster
(2009)
Cokie the Clown
(2009)
Frisbee
Vinyl cover.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (85%) link
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
AngryMusic 8/10 stars link
Bombshellzine.com 9/10 stars link
DecoyMusic.com 3/5 stars link
Punktastic 4/5 stars link
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) link

Coaster (released on vinyl as Frisbee[2]) is the eleventh studio album by the American punk rock band NOFX. It was released on April 28, 2009 through Fat Wreck Chords.

Writing and production[edit]

Writing and recording sessions for Coaster took place from November 2008[3] to February 2009.[2] The band worked with Bill Stevenson, who produced Wolves in Wolves' Clothing (2006) and Self Entitled (2012).

Release[edit]

The album was the first new Fat Wreck Chords release priced under $10 in the US under the label's new promise that all CDs from the label would cost under $10, with many priced less than $8.[4] Regarding the label's new pricing model, NOFX lead singer and Fat Wreck Chords owner Fat Mike stated the following:

Some of those who preordered the album through the Fat Wreck Chords website also received a limited edition, hand-numbered CD with two bonus tracks.

The album was simultaneously released on vinyl under the title Frisbee with alternative artwork.[2] As with the CD release, vinyl preorders came with a bonus 7-inch single with the same two bonus tracks. The vinyl release also came with a free MP3 download of the album.

The vinyl release features an alternative intro to the opening track "We Called it America". The song 'Creeping Out Sara' is about meeting Sara Quin of indie band Tegan and Sara. The vinyl edition of the album has an alternate version called 'Creeping Out Tegan' which has alternate lyrics and is about a meeting with Sara's identical twin sister and bandmate Tegan Quin. The vinyl release also features an alternate trumpet solo and organ intro on the track 'Best God in Show.'

A few songs not included on the album that were written and recorded during the Coaster sessions were released on the Cokie the Clown EP in November 2009.

Artwork[edit]

The covers of both Coaster and Frisbee are in a style reminiscent of graphic design from the 1970s. The lyric booklet included with Coaster also includes photos of the band members from that time period.

The cover art of Coaster shows a compact disc being used as an alcoholic drink coaster with the disc art side facing down (data side facing up). The rear cover shows various older NOFX albums also being used as coasters with the disc art facing up. The disc art itself declares "Absorbing Alcohol Since 1983" (the year the band formed).

The alternate Frisbee artwork depicts guitarist Eric Melvin catching a vinyl record as he would a frisbee.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak Position
Billboard 200 36
Rock Albums 9
Independent Albums 4
Digital Albums 36
Alternative Albums 7
Tastemakers 6

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fat Mike. 

No. Title Length
1. "We Called it America" (Opens with an Alec Baldwin(CD) or Jack Lemmon(Vinyl) quote from the film Glengarry Glen Ross) 2:07
2. "The Quitter"   1:52
3. "First Call"   2:33
4. "My Orphan Year"   2:59
5. "Blasphemy (The Victimless Crime)"   2:54
6. "Creeping Out Sara" (Appears as "Creeping Out Tegan" on Frisbee) 2:45
7. "Eddie, Bruce and Paul"   3:53
8. "Best God in Show"   3:29
9. "Suits and Ladders"   2:25
10. "The Agony of Victory" (Side note in album booklet reads "Note: This is not a NOFX song. This is a song that we covered from a yet to be released soundtrack album. Stay tuned for more details...") 2:07
11. "I Am an Alcoholic"   2:36
12. "One Million Coasters"   3:08
Total length:
32:48
Bonus CD or 7" tracks (pre-order bonus with Coaster or Frisbee respectively)
No. Title Length
1. "I've Become a Cliché"   3:13
2. "The Quitter" (Demo) 1:46
Total length:
4:59

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Aaron Novik – bass clarinet on track 11
  • Jason Freese – keyboard on track 8
  • Karina Denike, Spike Slawson – backing vocals on "lots of things"

Production[edit]

Artwork[edit]

  • Ryan Harlin — graphic design
  • Lisa Eriksson — additional layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson, Oli (June 2009). "NOFX – Coaster." Rock Sound (123): 86.
  2. ^ a b c "NOFX promise Coaster." Punknews.org. February 24, 2009.
  3. ^ "Bill Stevenson working on new NOFX record." Punknews.org. November 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Fat Wreck Chords cuts CD prices to under $10 in the US." Punknews.org. April 29, 2009.