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NoMeansNo
NoMeansNo is one of Victoria's most successful bands. It was started by brothers Rob and John Wright in the late '70s. They were soon joined by Andy Kerr and have gone on to put out lots of albums. Kerr left in '91, moving to Amsterdam. He then started Hissanol with NoMeansNo producer and the godfather of Victoria's alternative scene, Scott Henderson. NoMeansNo has carried on with other musicians, sometimes as a trio and sometimes as a quartet, and is still going strong after over 20 years. Tom Holliston has played guitar with them for years. Tom is also frontman for The Show Business Giants, a band that has also included Andy, Scott and John. The Wright brothers and Tom have also recorded and toured as the VERY hockey-oriented punk band The Hanson Brothers (named after the brothers featured in the movie Slap Shot).

NoMeansNo have always blended a wild variety of styles to produce their own version of hardcore. They have been labelled 'artcore', 'thrash jazz' and 'avant garde experimentalism'. No matter what they are called they come through with a lot of great noisy guitar pop and biting lyrics. The media hasn't always known what to do with these guys as they can be uncooperative as in refusing to have their picture taken, but this attitude has only endeared them to their anti-establishment fans.

Most of the NoMeansNo albums are still available. They have had numerous singles and songs appearing on compilations.
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NoMeansNo
Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed

Label: Alternative Tentacles

extremely rare

NoMeansNo
Mama

label: Wrong Records

very rare and out of print cassette and cd (factory sealed)

CD includes bonus video of Forget Your Life and Rich Guns.

13 trks, 55 mins. Originally released back in 1982, this tim ely re-issue includes the videos for Rich Guns and Forget Yo ur Life. Seminal and primitive punk for all occasions 

NoMeansNo
Sex Mad /You Kill Me

Label: Alternative Tentacles

The Canada and UK pressings have the same songs. The USA pressing replaces "Hunt The She Beast" with "Love Thang". Some UK pressings also came on yellow vinyl. The CD features the US track sequence with "No Fgcnuik (original version)" and "Hunt The She Beast" and the You Kill Me 12" EP as bonus tracks

Combining the two releases on one CD, Sex Mad/You Kill Me makes for an edgy, thrashing release that shows the Canadians fully in charge of a frenetic post-punk style seemingly left for dead by many in the late '80s. "Sex Mad" itself calls up memories of everything from the Gang of Four to MX-80 Sound to the Minutemen and back again, and with that as a worthy combination to draw on indeed, the trio goes all out and doesn't stop. It might be a stretch to say that Nomeansno are somehow Rush-influenced, but then again, considering that both sets of Canadians can readily demonstrate their way around sudden time changes (check the instrumental "Obsessed" or the six-minute character portrait "Dead Bob"), it might not be as crazy as all that! Other classic rock nods include a bit from "Sunshine of Your Love" at one point and a full cover of "Manic Depression" from the You Kill Me days (meanwhile, the chorus of "Revenge" is perfectly anthemic stadium rock, and works on that level without a problem). Slightly more straight-up punk efforts crop up — "Dad," one of the most powerful, sounds like what would happen if the scenario of Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" wasn't just about feeling petulant for lacking a Pepsi, to put it mildly. (Killer end touch — the baldly delivered line "I'm seriously considering leaving home.") The sometimes hoarse, higher-end singing sounds like what a less annoyed Henry Rollins would be been like in early Black Flag — or at least, a Rollins one could talk to without immediately being beat on. Thus, a song like "Self Pity," which manages the neat trick of addressing the titular topic without sounding like an example of same — and by turning into a near-apocalyptic collage of power riff rage.

NoMeansNo
0+2=1

Just about every record by space-punk combo NoMeansNo is adventurous. But where the band might normally be exploring the vast landscape between Herbie Hancock and Slayer, 0 + 2 = 1 stretches the boundaries toward the Doors in one direction and the Meat Puppets in another. Less furious than essential releases like Wrong and The Worldhood of the World (As Such), 0 + 2 = 1 is no less intense. "Mary" and "I Think You Know" recall past records, but how to explain the bizarre left turns of "Everyday I Start to Ooze" and the creeping, Melvins-like "When Putting It All in Order Ain't Enough"? This is an intriguing array of styles and sounds from a band already noted for its eclecticism. --Adem Tepedelen

NoMeansNo
Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie

label: Alternative Tentacles

used cd in very good condition

released by A.T. as a double vinyl album, with two bonus tracks not available on the CD or cassette

In their 17th year of existence, Canadian edgy, post-punk hard rockers continue to get meaner. Fast guitar riffs matched by equally quick snare and drumbeats set the background for agitated social commentary. A skewed sense of humor lends itself to the Nomeansno package as being dark and unforgettable, poignant and cutting. The proclamation "I'm an A**hole" and the graphic-as-true-crime violently extortionate title track lend credence to theory that Nomeansno is out to offend, this time. The greatest strength can be found in "Disappear." Musically, this is the classic Nomeansno formula: distorted guitar keeps rhythm matched to an alternating fast and mid-tempo funky rock beat and sometimes a nearly absurd one-string solo juts out. The vocals are syllables drawn out over the faster beats. The vocal rhythm is congruent to the still music. The style is one that owes much to blues and adds drama to the music. The result is a beat and noise mix that is an urgent carrier for a classic message: the desire to drop out. For this reason, Nomeansno always offers something to tune in to.