Stories

I have listened to No Use since 1996, when my brother put a tape on from a Fat Wreck Chords compilation. One band had a distinctive sound that stuck in my head for days and that was No Use For A Name. So I began to listen more and more even though at that time it was really rare to get a foriegn band's records in Indonesia. But somehow, I managed to acquire them thru friends that lived abroad or some foreigners that visited Bali. 

 

In 2009 I heard the band was going to play in Jakarta,  a 2.5 hours flight from the city that I live in. I was able  to get the flight ticket (which was not cheap!) & the show ticket months before the show. I was so excited! On the day of the show, I got to the venue, going around to buy merchandise of the band. Because my camera battery was drained, I decide to go to the hotel near the venue, to ask the receptionist if I can charge it there. Not long after I was done charging I saw a bunch of guys sitting in the lobby, and I found out it was Tony and the boys!!!  I was so excited to be near him suddenly I cannot speak at all. I was just saying how I love the band, the lyrics and the songs that I grew up with. When he asked, where I came from,  he thanked me for making the trip and coming to the show. Oh man! I was really lucky that night, I got a few great pictures taken with the band. Once the show started he thanked me and my friends who had travelled so far, it was so memorable.

 

On the day he passed, I don't know why but I really wanted to wear my No Use For A Name shirt. Then I heard the news. Sad but true. The world has lost one of its most the talented songwritters.

 

RIP Tony, thanks for all the songs that keep encouraging me.

I've listened to this tribute album with my family in Laos a few hundred times now, since it's on constant repeat. I was 16 the first time I heard Until It's Gone lead off Mack Dawg's Uppin the Ante; back when I though a kid from suburban Detroit could become a pro snowboarder. I searched every record shop for that song, and then finally by singing it to the skater boyfriend of my girlfriend's best friend  I found it on the First Fat Music for Fat People comp. Fat Mike was personally handing them out at the door of a 1992 St Andrew's Hall show. From there I sent away to Fat Wreck and ordered the Daily Grind which became the best thing I'd ever heard and was "my album." I especially loved the ashtray CD cover. 

 

I'll never forget when Soulmate became a 90's alterna-radio hit when I was on my way to college and how stoked Leche Con Carne made me.  I was visiting Family in Germany when I found some killer record store that had Incognito and Don't Miss the Train.  I remember playing Tan in a Can' on the CD and I was just stoked to play it for my German cousins.

 

The first time I saw No Use live was at the Small Planet in East Lansing on what I think was their first tour there which for me was the best time to see them.  I knew every word to every song and I hope they felt it. After that for 3 or 4 years I saw every show they played in Michigan and have the cut out decals on the shirts to prove it. After college I move to San Franciscio to go find the bar that all my favorite songwriters were sure to play at, but never quite found it. Making Friends helped me through the breakups with the punk girl that I thought was my life mate. 

 

After that it wasn't until the Joey Cape/Tony acoustic record that I remebered how much of an influence Tony's words had on my entire life and I haven't missed a chord since. This is long overdue, but there's never the right words until the universe tells you so.

 

I just want to thank Tony as the one guy who always sang with me through every stage of my life. Tony you always sang what I wanted to say but you were just so much better at it. One More Song Forever and we'll never die. Love you Tony! As long as me and my son and his kids go on, he will live forever!

 

 

Look everybody, I am not a huge No Use For A Name fan, and actually I just heard about them the other day, I guess my story isn't so much a story as an observation. Look around this website, see all the love and camraderie here? Guys (and girls) this is a huge family coming together to make sure that a memory of a good man doesn't die. Honestly, Tony's family should feel so very loved because of you guys, the fans. The stories on here show a down to earth guy who loved life and his family was a huge part of that. Just look at For Fion, he wrote that for you Fi. So I may not be a huge fan (although NUFAN is growing very quickly on me) but the love displayed on this website makes even an outsider who is late to the party, feel welcome and proud to be here. Tony, thank you for all the smiles. You are missed Bro.

Invincible

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 that totally prevails in the chorus of "Invincible". That song is probably as close to perfection as it gets when combining all the aforementioned elements.

We told the folks at Fat and also Brigitte, Tony's wife, we'd love to be part of the compilation and that we always wanted to do a cover of "Invincible". Everybody seemed very favorable to that idea. We were also told that all the songs on the compilation had to try and have a different approach. Fat thought that each song should have some element that would set the cover version apart from the original. We really liked this challenge since all our albums and especially our latest effort "Wake The Dogs" are pretty diverse, and we love to experiment with different moods in the recording process. In March of 2013 we did a month long tour of the States with our friends in Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, and CJ Ramone. The shows with Flogging Molly really got us hooked on folky punkrock tunes. Hence we thought that a folky yet powerful version might do justice to the legacy of "Invincible." So into the studio we went and we basically recorded the whole thing in an afternoon, including an accordion. It was fun to record the track and once you play it for yourself you become even more aware of the greatness of Tony's unique songwriting skills. An incredible song for sure! And I think the Donots version turned out quite cool in the end. 

Our band has been touring for almost 20 years now and bands such as Lagwagon, Blink 182, Strung Out, The Dwarves, Propagandhi, the Swinging Utters and of course No Use For A Name were always very supportive when it comes to having us open up for them. No Use were super cool and everytime we asked if we could join the bill they would say: "Sure, hop on board!"  I remember Tony and Shiflett watching the first show we did together and they were extremely nice and polite afterwards (although I am pretty sure we kinda sucked back then). It's not like we were best friends with Tony and the guys but everytime we'd bump into each other at festivals or shows they were amazing people. What really struck me about Tony was the fact that he was very modest and thankful for everything. He didn't really brag about his talent. He'd just go out and play killer shows and hang out afterwards. I guess, the last time we met was in our beloved "Franken Bar" in Berlin, a place right across the street from the SO36, a club which NUFAN played probably a zillion times. And guess what? No Use killed it that night. Like they always did. R.I.P. Tony.

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Pre-Medicated Murder

 

"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 catalogue of songs for that matter are characterized by an integrity and edge that is missing from most music today. His incredible songwriting prowess will likely catapult his music to future relevance. We are truly honored to be a part this special tribute record and have been humbled by the respect of the punk rock community in it’s production. R.I.P Tony.

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