‘Home Street Home’ soundtrack whets appetite for new musical

Home Street Home‘Home Street Home’
NOFX & Friends (Fat Wreck Chords)
3.5 stars out of 5

Later this month, new punk rock musical “Home Street Home” will make its stage debut at San Francisco’s Z Space. The brainchild of NOFX’s Fat Mike, Soma Snakeoil and “Avenue Q’s” Jeff Marx, “Home Street Home” tells the story of a 16-year-old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture of the streets, where she finds empowerment and acceptance from a tribe of homeless teens.

Untitled-3In advance of the debut, Fat Wreck Chords offers up the soundtrack album featuring 18 of the 28 tunes that appear in the production. There is plenty of star power on the album, which features members of bands like Lagwagon, Alkaline Trio, madd Caddies, Dropkick Murphys, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes and The Aggrolites, among others.

“Ever since I saw ‘Rocky Horror’ when I was 8, I’ve been intrigued by musicals,” Fat Mike explains. “Well, not all musicals, just the ones that break the mold. Luckily, I found two people, Jeff Marx and Soma Snakeoil, that love breaking things as much as I do.”

Fat Mike began writing songs for the musical in 1999 and has returned to the project every few years. Among the highlights here are “Monsters,” “Urban Campers,” “Three Against Me,” the riotous “High Achievers,” “I’m Suicide,” “Because I Want To” and “The Agony of Victory.” Hopefully “Home Street Home” catches on and it’ll make its way to Pittsburgh at some point. (Jeffrey Sisk)


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