Like I said in another thread in here, during 1995/1996 I lived in Oakland for a year, and I got to see AFI play live numerous of times, mostly at Gilman Street but also at this place called the Trocadera in San Francisco. I had actually heard them before since I, by chance, had picked up a seven inch with various artists – among them AFI who performed ”Love is a many splendored thing” – at a local record store in Sweden where I’m from. During my year in California, I picked up AFIs first full length album ”Answer that and stay fashionable” in a record store in Berkeley called Rasputins – and I loved it immediately. Their music seemed different from a lot of ”skate punk” bands at the time; the vocal was more snotty, the songs a little more hardcore, but most of all there was a lot of more energy in their music. Also, the little dude with the suspenders sang with a conviction that was rare at the time – and still is. In a way, even though very different, it reminded me of earlier bands like Stiff Little Fingers which I also love.
The second record from AFI – ”Very pround of ya” – was a big let down for me. It sounded sort of the same but with less soul. Many of the songs were just boring – and the best ones were the ones that was re-recorded from ”Answer that and stay fashionable”… Well, I quit buying AFI records after that. I lost interest in the band.
Years and years later I picked up ”Sing the sorrow” from a second hand store for a dollar or so. I put it in my CD player… and I thought it kinda sucked. It wasn’t the AFI that I remembered!
Years and years later I put it in my CD player again… and I kinda liked it. It grew on me. So I went to the record store, and I bought some more AFI records, and today I have pretty much all of their music, and I like all of their different eras and styles. My favourite records, except the ones already mentioned, is probably ”Shut your mouth”, ”Black Sails”, and ”Art of drowning”. I also like a lot of their rarer songs from seven inches etcetera. The only one record I still feel suck is ”Very proud of ya”.