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Fat Mike (real name Michael Burkett) is the vocalist and bass player of the popular punk rock band NOFX, as well as bass player for Me First & the Gimme Gimmes. Before starting NOFX in 1983 with Erik Sandin and Eric Melvin he used to play in False Alarm .
The name Fat Mike is a misnomer, as he isn't very obese. This confusion arose when the until-then quite thin Mike went away to college, and returned having gained a few pounds. The nickname stuck, even working its way into the name of his label, the cleverly named Fat Wreck Chords (), one of the largest punk-affiliated record labels in the United States, mainly run by Fat Mike and his wife Erin.
Fat Mike was the main organizer of the Rock Against Bush (Vol. 1 (2004) & Vol. 2 (2004)) and Punk Voter (founded in 2003) () projects. Each project was created to increase voting among liberal punks to vote for John Kerry and to make issues close to the punk community known to politicians.
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