Tony Sly, longtime frontman of ’90s skate punk stalwarts No Use for a Name, was just beginning a solo career when he passed away in 2012 at the age of 41, leaving behind a young family and dedicated community of friends. Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba had this to say:
"Being a part of this tribute is an absolute honor. Tony was a beautiful human and an extremely talented songwriter. I first heard ‘Straight from the Jacket’ on a No Use for a Name record I bought as a kid and it has always been one of my favorite songs. To be able to cover this song in particular is very special for me and my band. We wanted to record the song in a different style than the original without taking away from its brilliance. We can only hope that Tony would approve."
The Songs of Tony Sly features 26 covers of his songs by contemporaries Bad Religion, the Bouncing Souls, Simple Plan, NOFX, and more, and releases on October 29 to benefit his wife and two daughters via the Tony Sly Memorial Fund.