Answer That and Stay Fashionable

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Answer That and Stay Fashionable
AFI - Answer That and Stay Fashionable cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 4, 1995 (1995-07-04)[1]
StudioArt of Ears, Hayward, CA
GenreHardcore punk[1][2]
AFI chronology
Fly in the Ointment
Answer That and Stay Fashionable
Very Proud of Ya
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[1]

Answer That and Stay Fashionable is the debut studio album by American punk rock band AFI. It was originally released on July 4, 1995 through Wingnut Records and rereleased on April 22, 1997 through Nitro Records.[3]


Answer That and Stay Fashionable was recorded in Hayward, California at Art of Ears, the studio of Andy Ernst, in 1995. It was produced by AFI, along with Doug Sangalang, Tim Armstrong and Brett Reed.

All of the tracks except "Open Your Eyes" are copyrighted to Anthems for Insubordinates, the band's uninitialized name at that time.

The album originally included a hidden track, a cover of The Police's "Man in a Suitcase", which is absent on the rerelease. In its place is a cover of The Circus Tents' "Open Your Eyes", originally released with an alternate mix on the Fly in the Ointment EP in 1995.

Many audio samples are included throughout the album, such as a clip from Reservoir Dogs (1992), which the cover artwork also alludes to.[4] Also featured is a clip from The Comic Strip episode "Bad News Tour", from which the album derives its name, and National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985).[5]

The tracks "Two of a Kind" and "Yürf Rendenmein" were later rerecorded for AFI's second album Very Proud of Ya.

The album cover is a parody of the theatrical release poster for the film Reservoir Dogs.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Dave; all music is composed by Geoff, except where noted.

1."Two of a Kind"  1:31
2."Half-Empty Bottle"Geoff 1:39
3."Yürf Rendenmein" 
  • Geoff
  • Dave
4."I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But Mom Won't Let Me Get One)"  1:12
5."Brownie Bottom Sundae"  1:47
6."The Checkered Demon" 
  • Mark
  • Geoff
7."Cereal Wars"  1:17
8."The Mother in Me"
  • Geoff
  • Dave
9."Rizzo in the Box"
10."Kung-Fu Devil" Mark2:15
11."Your Name Here"Geoff 2:28
12."Ny-Quil"  2:07
13."Don't Make Me Ill"
  • Geoff
  • Dave
14."High School Football Hero"Geoff 1:53
15."Man in a Suitcase" (The Police cover; hidden track)StingSting3:13
Total length:51:18
14."Open Your Eyes" (The Circus Tents cover)Matt WedgleyThe Circus Tents1:16
15."High School Football Hero"Geoff 1:55


Credits adapted from liner notes.[6]

  • AFI – producer
  • Tim Armstrong – co-producer (tracks: 2 & 11)
  • Adam Carson – drums, percussion
  • Andy Ernst – engineer, recording
  • Davey Havok –– lead vocals
  • George Horn – mastering
  • Geoff Kresge – bass, vocals
  • Brett Reed – co-producer (tracks: 2 & 11)
  • Doug Sangalang – co-producer
  • Markus Stopholese – guitars
  • Steve Z – photography
  • Recorded at Art of Ears, Hayward, CA
  • Mastered at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA


  1. ^ a b c Heller, Jason (June 22, 2010). "AFI Answer That And Stay Fashionable". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Answer That & Stay Fashionable". All Media Network. AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  3. ^ "AFI – Answer That And Stay Fashionable CD". CD Universe. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  4. ^ "AFI's 'Kung-Fu Devil' sample of Restaurant Conversation scene in Reservoir Dogs". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Where Did Those ATASF Samples Come From?". AFI News Headquarters. May 20, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Answer That and Stay Fashionable (Liner notes). AFI. Wingnut. 1995. WRCD-1370.CS1 maint: others (link)