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Classic Album Review: NOFX / Rancid | BYO Split Series Vol. III

Get the best of both worlds when the veteran punk bands cover each other's classics.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


For punk fans, the only thing that could possibly top a new CD from Rancid or NOFX would be a new CD from both of them. Which is exactly what you get with the excellent BYO Split Series Vol. III, a 12-track EP on which the two bands cover each other’s material. And cover it lovingly.

First, NOFX rein in their chucklehead antics to crank out tourniquet-tight, adrenalized versions of I Am The One, Olympia, Wa., Tenderloin, Antennas and Corason de Oro, along with the rude-boy skanker Radio, Radio, Radio. Then Rancid crank up the Marshalls and charge through NOFX’s Moron Brothers, Sticking in My Eye, Bob, Don’t Call Me White, Brews and Vanilla Sex, investing these snot-punk ditties with their usual ragged glory and guttersnipe dignity. So who wins? You do.