Music: Rancid

From Left: Lars Frederiksen, Matt Freeman, Tim Armstrong, Branden Steineckert

Rancid is a punk band the Bay Area who are partially responsible for the 90s punk revival. Their songs often are influenced by ska elements. This is largely due to bassist Matt Freeman and Guitarist/Singer Tim Armstrong being former members of the ska band Operation Ivy. They were joined by Lars Frederiksen and Brett Reed, who left the band in 2006 and was replaced by Branden Steineckert.

Armstrong now owns the label Hellcat Records which publishes punk and related material (Oi!, Ska, rockabilly). Among others the Dropkick Murphys started out on that label. Armstrong has a large footprint in the music scene having collaborated with acts such as Pink, Gwen Stefani, Travis Barker and Cypress Hill. From 1998 to 2003 he was married to Brody Dalle, lead singer of The Distillers.

  • Rancid (1993)
  • Let's Go (1994)
  • ... And Out Come The Wolves (1995)
  • Life Won't Wait (1998)
  • Rancid (2000) - Not to be confused with the Album from 1993.
  • Indestructible (2003)
  • Let The Dominoes Fall (2009)
  • Honor Is All We Know (2014)

Another notable release of theirs is a split album with NOFX in which both bands cover six songs of the other. Two versions were released with differently colored album covers. A green one in which the NOFX songs are before Rancid's portion and an orange one in which this is reversed.

Rancid provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Album Title Drop: ...And Out Come The Wolves has it's title dropped in "Junkie Man". Although really they got the title from a poem that appeared in Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries, then had Carroll himself recite excerpts of said poem as Spoken Word in Music.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Red Hot Moon" definitely counts.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Journey to the End of the East Bay"
  • Shout-Out: The cover of ...And Out Come The Wolves is a clear homage to that of Minor Threat's self-titled EP: both depict a figure sitting on a stoop with their head down and arms crossed.
    • "Roots Radicals" mentions first wave Ska performer Desmond Dekker.
  • Theme Naming: Rancid has a surprisingly large amount of songs named after places in the world: "Detroit," "Olympia W.A.," "Ruby Soho," "Daly City Train," "Journey to the End of the East Bay," "Hoover Street," "Warsaw," "Leicester Square," "Rwanda," "Radio Havana," "Arrested in Shanghai," "Memphis," "Tropical London," "Ivory Coast," "Brixton," "East Bay Night," "New Orleans," "LA River"
  • Throwback: The 2000 self-titled album. After two albums experimenting with ska, reggae and other influences, this album was a stark, straight-ahead hardcore punk album.