R.I.P. NoMeansNo, The OG Prog-Punk Weirdos

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NoMeansNo, legendary Canadian punk rock outfit, called it quits just a few days ago after 30+ years of being Vancouver’s most unfuckwithable power trio. They’re one of those bands that you might not have heard, but they’re probably your favorite band’s favorite band.


I only heard NoMeansNo a few months ago, but when I did it was a revelation. They did everything I love about rock and roll, and they had been doing it longer than I’ve been alive. They are punk as hell, proggy as all get-out, and most importantly FUN AS HELL.

The constant members of NoMeansNo were the Wright brothers, Rob and John, who functioned as a jazz-punk bass and drums duo in their early years until they added Andy Kerr on 6-string guitar and signed to Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label in 1983.

To me, no other band previous to NoMeansNo had such a strong ear for progressive compositions while playing their music with a such genuinely punk-as-fuck attitude. 90% of fans will tell you the high point if their artistic output was 1989’s Wrong, and I am definitely among their number.

Thankfully, we will still get one last record from the minds of the Wright Brothers as they are slated to compose an album to be performed by Compressorhead, the world’s foremost animatronic rock band named after a Motorhead pun. 

They had a remarkable run and I’m sad to know I’ll probably never see them live, but I will always respect a band’s decision to call it quits. Watch their classic lineup shred a couple of my favorite tunes below, and let’s raise a glass to Canadian punk’s most underrated weirdos.

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Well that’s a bummer, I just found out about these dudes yesterday.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      A real fan sings their music, obsesses over them, and dreams of going to their concerts and hugging them. I bet you don’t even know their names.

      -Vinyl Scratch, 3 months ago

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        SIQQQQ BURN

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        God damn it.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Welp, time to off myself.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Can I watch? I’m getting tired of “normal” porn.

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          your ssik records are getting delivered today so you can have some proper tunes to get that done with.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            I mailed Ross 4 shit garbage Kiss records

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            EGG plz! They are neither shit or garbage!

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            black vinyl, just like a trash bag

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Just like a body bag

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Hahahahaha. Fucking Kiss.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I can’t help but agree. I hate Gene Simmons as a human being and their music isn’t that good.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Shut up mang

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Ted plz!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            JJD PLZ!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I never enjoyed them.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            And here I thought you had decent taste.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

          • more beer

            Thanks I was going to say that.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            KSOFM and more beer plz!! He’s listening to Jethro Tull right now!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            You know it

          • more beer

            Damn, These guys all dress kind of alike. I wonder if him and the guitar player shop at the same place? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKzQ6Dp98HI

          • more beer

            I rest my case.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            😛

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I got ya, bro.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Boss plz! I’m listening to Jethro Tull right now and I just put Electric Warrior by T Rex on my phone!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Good choices

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I was listening to Thick As A Brick and on my way home from Albany I listened to Blood On The Tracks and Ziggy Stardust with my sister.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            And here I thought you had decent taste.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m not even going to dignify this with a plz as you just stole Boss’ comment.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            JJD plz! Everyone deserves a plz!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I feel bad that I didn’t do it but I didn’t want to.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Did I?

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I guess you hate fun too

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I don’t hate fun. I just can’t get into them. I also loathe Gene Simmons with the fury of a billion and one suns.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            There’s the over dramatic response I was after

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            People who hate fun don’t realise that they hate fun. As evidenced by this little exchange

          • That’s a lot of hate, man. Sounds exhausting.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m more tired from my workout.

          • you gettin swole?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I was.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            If you don’t hate, you can’t be great.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Peter Criss solo album, Dynasty, Unmasked and Crazy Nights?

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Hahaha!

            Simmons solo, Love Gun, Alive and another i can’t remember

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            You got rid of Love Gun? Damn. Apart from the shitty cover of Then She Kissed Me, that’s one of my favourites

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            these records are just packaging padding trash for the real prize in the box

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Whoa whoa, wait a second…

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            And what was the real prize?

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            ross will make sure everyone knows, I assure you

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Well now I am super freakin eager to get the hell home today!

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            I avoided the crate that had those in it altogether at the tag sale

      • >I bet you don’t even know their names.

        This is actually really easy to know if you’re only into like 5 bands when you’re 14.

      • more beer

        I will bet they don’t need a hug from you.

        • Bro, you gonna catch any of those Vermin Womb/ Gadget dates?

          • more beer

            They played last night. I had a really shitty day yesterday and didn’t want to deal with another human being. So I stayed home. I saw them about a month ago.

          • Understandable! I Preordered my copy of the new VW album last week. The three released songs sound beyond ugly. Can’t wait for the full thing.

          • more beer

            They played some of that stuff when I saw them last month. Ethan was at the Cobalt show on Saturday.

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    Did they broke up? (the band):(?

    – Suleil Lalarey, 1 year ago

  • Howard Dean

    To quote one of my old coaches: “Now, you all need to remember, when you’re out socializing, and you’re around young ladies who’ve been drinking–maybe they’re intoxicated, maybe you are, too–you’ve got to remember that ‘no’ means no. You’ve got to remember that ‘maybe’ means no, too. In fact, sometimes even ‘yes’ means no. Be smart and respectful out there.”

    This was a speech he gave every year–word for word–at the exact same time in the preseason. Dude was a sage.

    • Joaquin Stick

      High school football coach pep talks. Man. Takes me back. One of our sophomore coaches was famous for once a year, before the biggest game, giving a long complex metaphor that ended with a viking pissing on the decapitated heads of his enemies. If that doesn’t get you fired up, I don’t know what will.

      • Howard Dean

        Haha, yeah. High school football coaches are notoriously melodramatic and overly serious.

        The coach that gave this ‘no means no’ speech was actually a college coach. I’m certain he was probably contractually obligated to give it every year (as part of the curtailing of rape/rape culture on campuses), but the way that he delivered it was what stuck out: literally the exact same day of the preseason, at the exact same meeting/time, in the exact same words. Like a script. To be fair, it’s kind of an awkward talk to give to a room full of 20 somethings, so he probably just said “Fuck, today is ‘no means no’ talk day. Here goes nothing,” and then just repeated the same speech.

    • My coach would just watch me change in the locker room. Then he’d take showers with me and sing Goodbye Horses. Dear Satan, I’m a Sandusky victim!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Hahaha. Fuck.

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        he liked to explore the happy valley

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I quit playing sports in middle school. Had more fun staying home and playing guitar. Fuck humans.

    • Mother Shabubu is fucking dead

      One of my hockey coaches once said “You can’t improve suck.” . He also said things like “as smooth as silk”, “smooth like an eel in a bucket of snot”, “as cold as a witch’s tit”, “calm like a snake” , and my favorite, “by-jesus!”. Newfoundland is a hell of a drug.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    This is depressing.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Been into Nomeansno for about 20 years now. Sucks that they’re no longer around but they have a very rich discography to keep me satisfied for many years to come. Great to see them get a whole heaping helping of Toilet love this week

  • God

    I wish I wasn’t at work to listen to some of this. Looks interesting

  • Howard Dean

    Just announced. CD from Martyrdoom and LP from Norma Evangelium Diaboli. CD to be released October 20th (LP to follow). Some of the best news of the year.

    Prepare for death, you lifelovers.

    https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s480x480/14520404_1036990629749749_4825364318774543_n.jpg?oh=bcedc2371c1fc45db800bc69a81e48f3&oe=58691BD4

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      I don’t know about you, but 14 minutes seems like a phone-in effort

      • Howard Dean

        Nah, I’m psyched. I’ll take a solid EP any day over a mediocre album. And I know DC will deliver. I’m actually surprised to see any material from DC this quickly, as they are notoriously slow writers (it was six years between their debut and “Promulgation of the Fall”). I wasn’t expecting anything from them until closer to 2020, to be honest.

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          I hope they don’t let you down.

          • Dead Congergation don’t disappoint.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            I feel like such short efforts are indicators of those creative juices drying up. Hope I’m wrong. I do enjoy their previous efforts

  • Abradolf Lincler

    i guess no really does mean no

  • Waynecro

    This is a very nice tribute/eulogy, HessianHunter.