Alum 'Fat Mike' Burkett of NOFX Comes Out of the Closet on New Album

Friday, February 26, 2021
The four members of NOFX standing near a broken chain-link fence at a park
Photo by Jonathan Weiner

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- NOFX’s 14th studio album features songs about Burkett’s drug addiction (“Birmingham,” “Door and Fours”), mass shootings (“Fish in a Gun Barrel”) and the failures of America’s health care system (“My Bro Cancervive Cancer”), among other hot topics. But Burkett, at times wrapped in his leather blanket, spent a lot of time discussing the track “F— Euphemism,” which reveals a lot about his love of BDSM and how he identifies as queer.

“I came out of the closet with that song,” Burkett said. “I’m queer, but I’m not gay. I just do whatever I want to.”

Burkett, who spent much of his life in LA, moved to the Bay Area in 1985 to attend San Francisco State University, where he majored in Social Science and minored in human sexuality.