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.
  • Genre Roulette: Most notably on Life Won't Wait- it's predominantly based within Ska Punk territory, but it finds time to explore numerous other genres.
  • Genre 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. It's more akin to 80s Hardcore than the first two they did were.
  • Hardcore Punk: Primarily their first two albums and 2000's second Self-Titled Album; occasionally shows up elsewhere, too.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Red Hot Moon" definitely counts.
    • To a lesser extent, "Daly City Train" and "Old Friend" count, too- they're upbeat Ska songs about heartaches, after all. The band does this pretty often, actually.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: The more Hardcore-oriented stuff is mostly in the 6-7 range; the Pop Punk / Ska Punk stuff they're best known for is usually around a 5-6; the pure Ska, Reggae and acoustic songs they've occasionally done are in the 3-4 range, mostly.
  • New Sound Album: Several. The most notable are:
    • ...And Out Come The Wolves, which introduced a heavy Ska influence to the band's sound after two albums of (admittedly more bass heavy and poppy than usual) Hardcore.
    • Life Won't Wait continues the Ska Punk approach of their previous album,while also experimenting with Reggae, Rockabilly, Blues and Latin music within that framework.
    • The second Self-Titled Album, which returned them to Hardcore Punk territory after the Genre Roulette of Life Won't Wait.
    • Indestructible, which splits the difference between the Ska Punk, Genre Roulette and Hardcore Punk approaches. They more-or-less did this on their next two albums, too.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Journey to the End of the East Bay"
    • They have a few others like this, too- the stickers aren't there for
  • Self-Titled Album: Two of'em, actually- their debut in '93 and another in 2000 that was a "return to their roots" album or sorts.
  • 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.
  • Ska Punk: On some (but not all) of their albums. It's generally the sound they're best known for.
  • 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"