POZ Review: The Songs Of Tony Sly: A Tribute

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 19, 2013

image

by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen

I never met Tony Sly. In fact, I will never meet Tony Sly and as such, I am not entitled to give him a eulogy.  Thankfully, Fat Wreck Chords has assembled a cast of more than thirty musicians who either knew Sly personally, or knew him through the songs of No Use for a Name, and their interpretations of his music serve as a fitting tribute to one of the most iconic Fat Wreck faces of the ‘90s and 2000s.  The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute runs the gamut of influential and up-and-coming punk bands:  from The Gaslight Anthem to The Swellers, from Lagwagon to The Flatliners, from Bad Religion to Yellowcard, this album has everything a final farewell to Sly could need.

While this album certainly stands on its own, not requiring listeners be fans of No Use for a Name to enjoy the impeccable craftsmanship put into each track, the tribute to Tony Sly gains its true resonance in the greater context of No Use and the bonds many fans hold with the band’s immense back catalogue.  Furthermore, the true gravity of this album comes forth when one realizes that the entirety of the proceeds from this album go to the Tony Sly Memorial Fund, which supports Sly’s daughters, Fiona and Keira.  So, before delving into this tribute album, I suggest grabbing a box of tissues, ‘cause it’s going to be a tearjerker.  

However, when you finally muster up the emotional stamina to tackle these 33 tracks that truly define what a tribute album is, I encourage you to find the songs that resonate deepest with you.  Listening to this tribute album is an incredibly personal experiment, and while a somber note hangs over each song, each track is unique and I encourage all listeners to find the tracks that resonant most with them.  

With that said, I’m not going to even attempt to tackle the entirety of this vast collection, but rather focus on the tracks that speak to me.  Three songs in, Strung Out grabbed me by the throat with their rousing rendition of “Soulmate,” reminding myself and fellow listeners of the passion that No Use for a Name exuded in every record and every performance.

Read More

‘The Songs Of Tony Sly: A Tribute’ Album Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 30, 2013

Fat Wreck Chords’ tribute to Tony Sly has officially been released. You can stream it and celebrate Sly’s life below after the jump.

Related Stories:
'Tony Sly: A Tribute' Track Listing, Artwork
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41
 

Read More

Brian Fallon Releases “Capo 4th Fret” Tony Sly Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 23, 2013

Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem has released a cover of Tony Sly’s “Capo 4th Fret.” Stream it here via USA Today or below after the jump.

Related Stories:
'Tony Sly: A Tribute' Track Listing, Artwork
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41
 

Read More

Frank Turner Release No Use For A Name “Keira” Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 17, 2013

Frank Turner have released a cover of No Use For A Name’s “Keira.” Stream it here via BCM or below after the jump.

Related Stories:
'Tony Sly: A Tribute' Track Listing, Artwork
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41
 

Read More

Alkaline Trio Release No Use For A Name “Straight From Jacket” Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 11, 2013

Alkaline Trio have released a cover of No Use For A Name’s “Straight From Jacket.” Stream it here via Esquire or below after the jump.

Related Stories:
'Tony Sly: A Tribute' Track Listing, Artwork
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41
 

Read More

'Tony Sly: A Tribute' Track Listing, Artwork

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 10, 2013

Fat Wreck will be releasing Tony Sly: A Tribute on October 29th. You can check out the artwork and very special track listing for the release below after the jump.

Related Stories:
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41 

Read More

Tony Sly Tribute Album Announced Via Fat Wreck Chords

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 31, 2013

image

Alkaline Trio, Yellowcard, Bad Religion, and so many more will be featured on Fat Wreck Chords’ tribute album to Tony Sly/No Use For A Name. Check out all the names and artwork below after the jump.

Related Stories:
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41  

Read More

POZ Stocking Stuffers: The Swellers

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 1, 2012

Stocking Stuffers is PropertyOfZack’s own twist on 25 Days Of Christmas, but we decided not to use that name so we don’t get sued by ABC Family. What is this new seasonal feature, you ask? Stocking Stuffers is a fun new series with your favorite bands discussing their favorite Christmas song or album and the memories attached to it. Our good friend Jono Diener of The Swellers is kicking off the feature on POZ for us with a great story on his love for No Use For A Name's cover of “Fairytale Of New York” and Christmas memories. Check it out below and come back each day until Christmas for more!

From Jono Diener of The Swellers:

Every year when the snow starts falling and it gets closer and closer to Christmas, I can’t help but put on No Use For A Name’s cover of the song, “Fairytale Of New York” (originally by The Pogues). It’s an amazing duet in both versions, but having my development music taste years with the Fat Wreck Chords bands in the 90s definitely put NUFAN’s version as my favorite. It’s a snotty argument between a man and woman, they exchange some verbal jabs at each other and a word that I won’t type. The song just has such a cool vibe to it and the way NUFAN plays it always reminds me of driving down Saginaw St. in Flint, MI and seeing the arches lit up, the cars covered in snow and reliving that memory for the past 10 years of my life is pretty cool. 

When trying to think of my favorite Christmas memory I always think of things relating to material possessions. My parents were incredible to us and still are, but when you’re a child and your imagination is out of control, they could literally throw a ball in front of me and I’d be entertained somehow. When I was really into Spiderman action figures I asked for the rest of the set as my presents, but I changed my mind on Christmas Eve afternoon to wanting X-Men action figures… Looking back I knew my parents thought I’d be disappointed by not receiving the toys. They made me write a letter to Santa and I put it on the fireplace along with all of my toys standing around it.

Read More

The Swellers, Strung Out Cover No Use For A Name

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 6, 2012

Members from The Swellers and Strung Out recently performed a cover of No Use For A Name's ”Justified Black Eye.” Check out a video of the performance below by clicking “Read More.”

Read More

No Use For A Name Performance Without Tony Sly

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 30, 2012

No Use For A Name played one show without the recently passed Tony Sly. Check out a few videos from the set below by clicking “Read More.”

Read More

Rise Against, Lagwagon Members Cover “For Fiona” In Memory Of Tony Sly

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 12, 2012

Tim McIlrath of Rise Against and Joey Cape of Lagwagon played an acoustic cover of “For Fiona” in memory of Tony Sly from No Use For A Name. Enjoy the cover below by clicking “Read More.”

Read More

No Use For A Name Announce Show In Memory Of Tony Sly

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 30, 2012

No Use For A Name will be playing a benefit show in Quebec City, Canada on September 8th in memory of Tony Sly. The performance will feature both old and new members of the band. Check out details from a rough translation below by clicking “Read More.”

Read More

No Use For A Name’s Tony Sly Funeral Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 7, 2012

Tony Sly of No Use For A Name shockingly passed away last week, and Fat Wreck Chords have released a statement and funeral details for those looking to attend. You can check out the details below by clicking “Read More.”

Related Stories:
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41

Read More

POZ Presents: The Weekly Summary

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 3, 2012

Yellowcard, Alex Gaskarth No Use For A Name Tribute At Warped Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 2, 2012

Yellowcard and Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low covered “Chasing Rainbows” by No Use For A Name at Warped Tour yesterday in honor of Tony Sly’s passing from No Use For A Name. Watch and enjoy the cover below by clicking “Read More.”

Related Stories:
No Use For A Name Frontman Passes Away At 41

Read More