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Rancid was formed in 1991 in Berkeley, California, by former members of Operation Ivy, Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong. Rancid inlcudes four members Tim Armstrong on guitar and vocals, with Matt Freeman as backing vocalist and bassist, and Brett Reed as drummer. After searching for a second guitar player in 1993, Matt met Lars Frederiksen and he was added to the band on guitar and vocals, to round out the line up.


Rancid's musical style blends punk and hardcore with ska, reggae, rocksteady, and minor elements of dub and funk. Among mainstream audiences, Rancid are best-known for "Ruby Soho" and "Time Bomb" from the 1995 recording ...And Out Come the Wolves.

Rancid was very popular throughout the 1990s, with the band touring constantly from 1993 through 1998. They have released 6 full-length albums, the first 4 through the independent label, Epitaph Records, along with numerous 7" vinyls and singles. Following the success of Let's Go, which garnered gold status in the U.S. with 500,000 copies sold, the band was pursued by several major labels, including Madonna's Maverick Records; Rancid chose to stick with Epitaph despite these offers.

Rancid's self-titled 2000 album was released on Hellcat Records, and their 2003 record, Indestructible, was released by Hellcat Records with Warner Brothers distrubuting the record.

Their songs and albums are based on hard times ("7 Years Down," "Hyena"), world issues ("Rigged On A Fix," "Brixton"), old friends ("Old Friend," "GGF"), and love ("She's Automatic", "Corazon de Oro").

References in their music

Some of their songs are about or allude to famous people or events.

  • Travis Bickle - Robert De Niro's character, Travis Bickle, from the 1976 Scorsese film Taxi Driver.
  • David Courtney - Dave Courtney is a famous ex-mobster from London who is now crime-free and an author.
  • Harry Bridges - Harry was an American labor leader a long the westcoast.
  • Don Giovanni - Don Giovanni is the title and lead character of an opera composed by Mozart in 1787, based on the legend of Don Juan.
  • Rwanda - The song Rwanda is about the (Rwandan) genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994.
  • "I always end up back on the hill, looking down at the landfill" from the song "As Wicked"-refers to Albany Hill, in Albany, CA where Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman grew up.
  • "Journey to the End of East Bay" is a reflective song about Operation Ivy, and includes a line proclaiming that "too much attention unavoidably destroyed us."


In 2004 and 2005, Rancid has been "on hold", due to its members being involved in side projects. The group did not completely become in-active.

In February 2005, it was announced by Lars Frederiksen on British radio show "The Lock Up" on BBC Radio 1 that Rancid would begin recording again at the end of 2005, with a release scheduled for early 2006. More on this is expected once the Rancid website overhaul is finished.


Studio albums



Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1994 "Hyena" - - - - Rancid (1993)
1994 "Nihilism" - - - - Let's Go
1994 "Salvation" - - - - Let's Go
1995 "Roots Radicals" - - - - ...And Out Come the Wolves
1995 "Time Bomb" - - - - ...And Out Come the Wolves
1996 "Ruby Soho" - - - - ...And Out Come the Wolves
1998 "Bloodclot" - - - - Life Won't Wait
1998 "Hooligans" - - - - Life Won't Wait
2000 "Let Me Go" - - - - Rancid (2000)
2003 "Fall Back Down" - - - - Indestructible
2004 "Red Hot Moon" - - - - Indestructible


  • Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day joined the band for a brief period of time prior to Fredriksen's joining the band, doing a live show with them in 1993 and co-writing "Radio" on Let's Go.

Originally Armstrong had asked Frederiksen, a member of UK Subs at the time to join, but he turned it down. So Armstrong enlisted Green Day's frontman for a time, finally asking Billie Joe to become a full-fledged member of the band. Billie Joe turned him down, wanting to stick with Green Day, but Frederiksen changed his mind upon the breakup of UK Subs.

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