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Soulmate

 When we heard about Tony's passing, we were on tour in London, Ontario Canada playing a venue called "Call The Office." The last time we played there was a show that we played together with NUFAN. So being there and hearing this news struck a chord in all of us. The venue played nothing but NUFAN songs the entire night and man it was a trip to all of us...hearing Tony's voice singing out loud yet knowing he had moved on to a new journey. We quickly learned "Soulmate" and played it that night in dedication to Tony. We continued to play the song every night for the rest of the tour so it made perfect sense that we would cover this song for the comp when we were asked to be a part of it. We had a lot of really good times with Tony and NUFAN starting back in the early/mid 90's when both our bands and Fat Wreck Chords were thriving. We had not played with NUFAN in quite a while up until 2008 where we ended touring in Australia together. What a great tour that turned out to be!  
 
I just listened to the entire tribute album and man, it is pretty emotional. Tony was a very talented lyricist, which I could hear more clearly through some of the acoustic performances. Anyhow, its very unfortunate to all his family, friends and fans that he is no longer with us but this comp along with the rest of the music Tony and his band mates made is testament that he will live on forever...RIP Tony Sly.
 

 

In 1998 I was 18 and lived in a northern Ontario city that had the odd punk show, but seeing No Use in Timmins wasn’t something I thought would happen. I had flown to Montreal for the Warped Tour and saw No Use for the first time. It was a great show, but I wanted to see them in a smaller, more intimate setting. Fast forward two weeks and I get news that No Use is coming through Timmins for a show on their way to Thunder Bay. Needless to say I was pretty pumped.

 

The day comes and I’m driving to the store or something and I see this dude walking down the street carrying a huge stack of papers. It was Tony. I had watched the Soulmate video on the Cinema Beer Goggles VHS enough to know what he looked like. That made me really excited for the show that night. The show was at a super small venue but there were a decent amount of people there. Towards the end of their set Tony asked if anybody knew the song, “I’ve Heard” by Dag Nasty. I knew the No Use version from “The Show” soundtrack so I put up my hand, I was the only one. He pulled me onstage and I sang the song with him. It was a cool moment for me, I had been listening to No Use since ’95 and Leche Con Carne was the first punk album I obsessed over. After the show my buddy and I hung out with the band for an hour or two, talking about their long drive to Thunder Bay and how excited Tony and Rory were to meet up with Propagandhi in Winnipeg.

 

My second Tony encounter was even better. In 2001 I drove to London to see No Use, Pulley and Bigwig at the Embassy. My buddy, his wife and I got there early to get tickets in the afternoon and we ended up helping the Bigwig guys load in their gear. We started drinking beers with all the bands and when I told Tony I saw them in Timmins in ’98, he said he remembered me because on that whole tour only two people sang “I’ve Heard” on stage. I always heard stories about bands remembering certain things and people from shows even though they play hundreds of them and I was shocked that I was one of them. The rest of the day before the show my friends and I got to hear some great stories about the old Fat Wreck van that everyone had toured in, Jim from Pulley putting in Fat Mike’s carpet, Tony talking to Scott Radinsky about pitching in MLB and other touring stories. Tony, along with everyone else made us feel like we were pals of theirs, not outsiders. When the show started, Tony noticed that we were watching from a bit off to the side, so he waved us over and brought us backstage for the rest of the show.

 

I never met Tony again after that night, but I saw No Use live about 5 other times after that and always felt a little special that I was lucky enough to spend the better part of a day with him, hear those stories, and share the stage with him for a brief minute . Thanks Tony.

I remember when I was 15 years old listening to "Leche con Carne" on my way to school every day in my hometown of Granollers, Barcelona, Spain. That year I started a punk rock band in English ( horrible english by the way ) making covers of NUFAN, among other bands. After some years I could finally see them live at Razmatzz 2 in Barcelona and I got to meet Tony after the amazing show they put on. He hung with a bunch of fans asking him for countless autographs, photos and stuff...he was so patient! Some many years later I was lucky enough to move to San Jose, California and I decided to contact Tony via MySpace. I told him I was new in town and I didn't know anybody and that if he could tell me about cool venues to go to see concerts and stuff... and he replied! I was so stocked! he told me about the Caravan and another venue or bar I can't remember, but I remember this text very clear: "I hope you enjoy San Jose as much as I do." I was so happy he took the time to write a fan I coudn't believe it. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that what I saw is a very kind person that had the time to be there for his fans on a human and not rock star level and that's something I really appreciated. 

I miss you man. Thanks for the awesome music and inspiration. 

 

Oxi

TBR

 Via Munich

 First off Teenage Bottlerocket would like to say that it is an absolute honor to be a part of the Tony Sly Tribute. I heard the CD for the first time yesterday and it blew my mind. Teenage Bottlerocket toured with Tony Sly and NOFX in the spring of 2010. Tony rode along with us in our van. He was an absolute pleasure to be around, such a great dude. He was on tour supporting his solo record “12 Song Program”. We would find ourselves humming Via Munich after every show. Something about that tune in particular stuck with us. When Fat Mike began working on this tribute and asked us what song we were interested in recording, it was a no brainer. So we went to the Blasting Room in Ft. Collins Colorado and tracked out the tune. Kody and I both wanted to sing on the song so we split up the job. We couldn’t be happier with the way the song turned out and we hope Tony would like it too. Tony Sly will always hold a special place in our hearts.

When I was younger my cousin felt that I had a horrible taste in music so he took me under his wing and gave me a couple CD's to listen to. Hard Rock Bottom was one of them and I listened to International You Day for about a month straight. That CD was like a gateway album. I started listening to a lot of good bands just trying to get more of that sound. I can't remember how old I was or what grade I was in but I was young enough that the notes for the line "but I gave up" were just barely out of my range, but I sung along anyways. This interest in music eventually led up to me becoming the drummer for a band in middle school. In this band I learned what it was like to create music, and from them on it has become an enormous part of my life. The guys in that band are still my absolute best friends today. So who knows maybe if I never got that NUFAN album some other band would've been the one to rescue me from the music I listened to way back when. I truly think my life would be completely different if I never got a hold of that record. I wouldn't have the same passion for music. 

 

 

About the cover...I was home on a break from school and my good friend Tim from my middle school band came over and told me about Tony, and two hours later we had the cover recorded. It just seemed like something we needed to do. We didn't even think about what songs were options I just sat down and started playing the song and it wasn't til I played the chorus for the first time when the lyrics started getting to me. A lot of people recognize that the bonus track on the album is the same audio from the YouTube video. I've tried to re-record the song using new equipment and it just doesn't even get close to what's on the album, because what's on the album is more of an event than it is a song. It's impossible to capture the same emotion that was in the room that day. It's an honor. I feel very undeserving to be a part of this tribute alongside the same bands that made me passionate about music.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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