Michael John Burkett (born January 31, 1967), known professionally as
Fat Mike, is an American musician and producer. He is the bassist and
lead vocalist for the punk rock band
NOFX and the bassist for the punk
rock supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Fat Mike
started out with his first band False Alarm in 1982. He recorded the
song Self Destruction that was on the False Alarm album, Buspar For
Bedbug. Mike played in False Alarm until 1983. False Alarm went on to
make 3 records and record with
Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys. Dee
Dee Ramone of the
Ramones wrote and recorded the song False Alarm for
the band with
Paul Kostabi False Alarm's guitar player.
1 Musical career
2.2 Rock Against Bush
3 Personal life
4 Fan assault incident, 2014
While attending Beverly Hills High School, Mike began his musical
career with the band False Alarm. After the band split up in 1983, he
Eric Melvin and
Erik Sandin and formed the original line-up of
NOFX. He has also appeared as a guest-vocalist on a number of other
bands' tracks including "Peter Brady" on Screeching Weasel's 1993
album, "Anthem for a New Tomorrow." Other appearances include "Beware"
by Randy, "Mr. Coffee" and "Lazy" by Lagwagon, and can be heard
heckling and requesting "Free Bird" at the end of the
"Missed It," off their 1996 album, "Pretty Ugly," which he also
produced. He also appears as a guest vocalist on the Dropkick Murphys
single "Going Out In Style". Mike is the owner and founder of Fat
Wreck Chords, one of the biggest independent labels in North America.
Mike recorded the "Cokie the Clown" EP with NOFX, playing Cokie on
both the cover of the EP and the music video for the title-track,
"Cokie the Clown". In the video, Mike dresses as Cokie and puts white
powder into his squirting flower, which in the song he describes as
"my own special blend of ex, coke, and K". Cokie then walks around
Chicago squirting powder in pedestrians' faces, as chronicled in the
song itself. The video was shot during the punk music festival Riot
Fat Mike has made several appearances as Cokie the Clown, but one of
his most memorable was at Emo's, a popular nightclub in Austin on
March 20, 2010 at the
South by Southwest
South by Southwest festival. He recounted
several graphic and disturbing stories about his life, and played
several songs both previously released and unreleased. He also tricked
several members of the audience into drinking tequila, before showing
them a video of himself filling a partially full bottle of tequila to
the top with urine to shocked reactions. The stunt was later revealed
as a joke on NOFX's website, which showed
Fat Mike switching out the
urine bottle for an untainted one before making audience members drink
it. Mike has since been banned from Emo's.
In 2015 Mike premiered a Broadway musical titled Home Street Home,
which he co-wrote with Soma Snakeoil and Jeff Marx.
Fat Mike founded the website Punkvoter.com in 2004 in an effort to
mobilize the punk community to vote
George W. Bush
George W. Bush out of office in
that year's presidential election. He had never been very active in
politics before then, admitting that he never even voted until
2000. However, he was driven into political activism because of
Bush, whom he viewed as "the most ridiculous president in the history
of presidents." Punkvoter.com targeted 18-to-25-year-old punk fans
and other disenfranchised young people and encouraged them to vote
Bush out of office. At its peak, the site was getting 15 million hits
a day and ultimately raised over $1 million.
Rock Against Bush
As with Punkvoter.com, Mike organized the
Rock Against Bush campaign
to mobilize punk fans and musicians against George W. Bush. Fat Mike's
band NOFX, along with many other well-known punk artists including
Green Day and Jello Biafra, embarked on a tour of
American college campuses in the months leading up to the 2004
presidential election. Mike hoped to go beyond just protest and
actually educate kids about why they should vote against Bush. At the
shows, he would hand out free DVDs of Uncovered: The Whole Truth About
The Iraq War, a documentary that questions the Bush administration's
motives in the Middle East. To coincide with the tour, Mike
Rock Against Bush compilation albums on Fat Wreck Chords
featuring new music from some of the bands on the label. The albums
sold over 650,000 copies and proceeds helped fund the tour, as well as
going toward magazine ads and billboards in swing states.
Burkett lives in San Francisco, California. He attended college at San
Francisco State University and graduated in 1990 with a bachelor's
degree in Social Science and a minor in Human Sexuality. According
to the book "
NOFX The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories", Burkett
has said that he received the moniker "Fat Mike" from "one of the guys
from [the band] Subculture". He is of
Jewish heritage, but is an
He and his wife Erin divorced in 2010 after 18 years of marriage. They
have a daughter named Darla. In October 2009, Mike appeared in the
documentary The Other F Word, an analysis of punk rock fatherhood.
Fat Mike has owned a gastropub-style restaurant in the Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY called Thistle Hill Tavern. He has
BDSM for years: he has had a dungeon in his house. Fat
Mike has numerous tattoos, including one on his left arm that features
a golfing dominatrix and her bound caddy.
Fat Mike announced his engagement to adult film actress Soma Snakeoil
on January 28, 2014. Mike and Soma separated August 2017.
He has been vocal about assisting his terminally ill mother's death,
describing the episode in a song called "La Pieta" which featured in
NOFX's audiobook version of The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories.
Fan assault incident, 2014
On November 5, 2014 at a
NOFX show in Sydney, Australia,
Fat Mike had
complained about a neck injury and had asked the audience not to throw
objects at him and grab him while on stage as it caused him pain.
While playing the song "Linoleum", a fan climbed onstage and put his
arm around Mike's neck, to which Mike responded by elbowing him to the
ground and then kicking him in the face. The fan suffered some
bruising on his face but had no major injuries. Later, Fat
Mike and the fan both apologized via Twitter. A video was released of
Mike giving the fan a beer and custom T-shirt, and letting him kick
him as an apology.
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