Fat Mike (NOFX) – Singer, Bassist & Co-Founder of Fat Wreck Chords
Fat Mike (aka Michael John Burkett) is the lead singer/bassist of NOFX, the bassist for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and the founder of punk label Fat Wreck Chords. His musical career began while still a high school student; he performed with the band False Alarm before meeting original NOFX members Eric Melvin and Erik Sandin. The band's highly collectible 1984 demo, Thalidomide Child, was produced by Germs drummer Don Bolles. NOFX released their self-titled full-length debut in 1985. The band's second release, 1989's S&M Airlines was their first for Epitaph, launching a decade-long collaboratin between the band and the label, with the high point being their 1994 commercial breakthrough, Punk in Drublic. Fat Mike and friends co-founded the punk rock supergroup/covers project Me First and the Gimme Gimmes in 1995, with their first release being the Denver 7", a single featuring two John Denver covers.
By 2003, NOFX had a new label home: Fat Mike's Fat Wreck Chords label, which he had founded in 1990. The band released the politically-charged The War on Errorism, a response to George W. Bush's war efforts and policies. The following year, Fat Mike started the Punkvoter.com website to boost civic engagement among punk fans. He also launched the Rock Against Bush campaign, which yielded two compilation albums in an effort to educate the punk community on the Iraq war and coalesce a movement around voting Bush out of office. Meanwhile, the ever prolific NOFX released a series of well-received albums that grew their fanbase over the past two decades; the band also released an autobiography with an accompanying EP, 2016's Hepatitis Bathtub. They released the live LP Ribbed: Live in a Dive on Fat Wreck Chords in 2018. Other bands who have called Fat Mike's Fat Wreck Chords home, at one time or another, include Against Me!, Dillinger Four, Descendents, Screeching Weasel, and Rise Against.Less