The Biggest Lie
It was always an honor and a pleasure when Tony would invite me to sing on one of his solo records or a No Use for a Name album. It was easy and fun to work with him and the lads, and I will always be especially grateful for the time they gave me the the lead singing role for the Sinead O'Connor song, "This is a Rebel Song."
Back in the day, we did a lot of touring together, Dance Hall Crashers and NUFAN, and it was a good fit because everyone got along really well. The NUFAN guys were good hardworking family guys, dedicated to music rather than the scene, and they were wicked funny. It was during that time that I learned Tony and I had a couple of random things in common. Our British background (his
On the Outside
We were on a Fat Wreck package tour in 2000, it was NUFAN, Tilt, Snuff, Mad Caddies & Consumed. We went across Europe together taking in France, Spain, Portugal & Italy. It was in Italy where we were playing a venue next door to a five-a-side football (soccer) pitch. Having had numerous chats on the virtues of footy with Tony on this tour he was keen to ask the venue if we could have a kick around on said pitch.
Long story short, it ended up with a challenge
Back in the days when Leche Con Carne and Making Friends came out, No Use For A Name were a huge inspiration for the Donots. "Invincible" was always our favorite track of that era. It pretty much summed up everything we liked about NUFAN and Tony's songwriting: That up-tempo energy of the rhythm section, the drive and great solo bits of the bass and guitars and some of the catchiest melodies of that time. Tony always had an amazing sense of melancholy in his melodies and
"Pre-Medicated Murder” is not only one of our favorite NUFAN and Tony Sly songs but its also one of our favorite songs to perform live. During the recording process it was important for us to step away from the tragedy and embrace the celebration of Tony's music. Josh Garcia engineered the track at Motor Studios, which was incredibly fitting considering Josh’s recent touring history with NUFAN. “Pre-Medicated Murder” and the rest of Tony's expansive
Toaster in the Bathtub
A big part of the reason that we choose "Toaster In The Bathtub" for Tony's tribute album had to do with a conversation that I had with Fat Mike about Tony's solo records. We agreed that those songs deserved to have more light shed on them and that Anti-Flag should cover one.
When I set out to choose one of Tony's solo songs I was strongly influenced by a conversation I was lucky enough to be present for between Tony and an interviewer