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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (1979 – present)

NoMeansNo are a band originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and now located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The band have never had, or have ever seemed to pursue, strong mainstream success, but they do have a devoted underground following in North America and Europe. They tour fairly often on both continents and maintain a dedicated fan base.

The band was formed in 1979 by brothers Rob Wright (bass guitar and vocals) and John Wright (drum set, keyboards and vocals). Their name derives from an anti-date rape slogan. For their first four years the duo’s music would seem to be influenced as much by jazz and progressive rock as punk rock. The musical press described their earliest recordings as “Devo on a jazz trip, Motörhead after art school, or Wire on psychotic steroids.” NoMeansNo have been credited with being an influence on, and perhaps even the genesis of, math rock.

The brothers Wright began recording as a two-piece in their parents’ basement in 1979. These recordings, heard on their first two self-released 7”s, consisted of full rock band arrangements and had a new wave, warped-pop sound, different from subsequent recordings. When, in the early 1980s, the duo began gigging simply with bass, drums and vocals, the present form of their distinct sound slowly took shape. The songs they played in this period are documented on the “Mama” LP (re-released in 2004 on their own Wrong Records.)

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  • koera

    punk isn't boring!!!

    9 May 3:14pm Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    vvv actually Mission of Burma kicks ass, and Gang of Four went down the toilet after their third album. so NMN > MOB > GOF (I still like Entertainment and Solid Gold but those are the only good albums they put out) "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" is pretty good, but have you heard "Trem Two" or "Einstein's Day"? Those are their best tunes.

    5 May 10:19pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    also NMN kicks ass.

    30 Apr 5:34am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    "is Mission of Burma the American NoMeansNo?? " no. mission of burma is the american gang of four. they are MUCH worse than either NMN or GoF. however 'that's when i reached for my revolver' is an alright track

    30 Apr 5:34am Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    Sex Mad/You Kill Me or Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy? are my favs, but all their albums are excellent. (Not a fan of the album with Jello though, that's mostly Jello being annoying)

    28 Apr 11:17pm Reply
  • FuckinEchoes

    be strong be wrong

    13 Mar 9:58pm Reply
  • avantish

    WRONG [2]

    20 Feb 1:11am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    WRONG

    7 Feb 8:54pm Reply
  • OneDrunkWalking

    is Mission of Burma the American NoMeansNo??

    11 Jan 7:21am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Digging Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie a lot lately. They have several underrated albums, being one of the most unjustly ignored bands in the world, but that one's one of the hidden gems of their discography. Some of NMN's best lyrics on there.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    The Worldhood of the World (As Such) is pretty great. I need to listen to it and Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie a lot more.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    One is awesome and has some of Rob's best lyrics. I think The Worldhood of the World (As Such) is overlooked too. You really can't go wrong with any of their records. They're one of the bands I always try to turn people on to if they tell me they're looking for new music.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Wrong, One and 0+2+1 are my top picks. One is really underrated, everyone should hear the cover of Bitches Brew, it's 15 minutes of amazingness.

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Yes, impossible for me to pick a favorite. They really do have about 6 or 7 albums that I've considered my favorite at one point or another. I hope that they'll record something new soon, it's been over 8 years since All Roads!

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Their discography is full of so many amazing albums.

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • dubstooge

    Just rediscovered after 20 years - Wrong = mind blown!

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rafqueiroz

    COME TO BRAZIL

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mefurgly

    The brothers are not young. I wish we could preserve this band in time, alas they will not be around forever. One of the greatest of all time, and like the Ramones, probably are due for much more fame after they are gone.

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • olin97

    Minutemen on steroids

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • newwavelad

    legend band

    10 May 2014 Reply
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