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Rancid is a band that originated in Berkeley, California from the ashes of Operation Ivy, a punk/ska band founded in 1987. Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong are ex-members of Operation Ivy. Tim Armstrong and Lars Fredriksen both sing lead vocals and play lead guitar, while Matt Freeman sings backing vocals and plays bass and Brett Reed plays drums. The music style blends punk, hardcore and ska. Among mainstream audiences, Rancid is best-known for 1995's "Ruby Soho" and "Time Bomb" off ...And Out Come the Wolves.

Rancid was very popular throughout the 1990s, and the band constantly toured from 1993 through 1998. They have 6 full albums, the first 4 of which were released through an independent label, Epitaph Records, along with many 7" vinyls and singles.

Rancid's self-titled 2000 album was released on Hellcat Records, and their 2003 record, Indestructible, was released by Hellcat Records and Warner Brothers Records. Many long-time fans were disappointed that Rancid, who had long resisted major-label allure and gained much fame and respect because of it, signed with Warner Brothers Records.

Hellcat, a division of Epitaph, is the brainchild of Tim Armstrong and Brett Gurewitz and now has many other up and coming (along with some well established) ska, punk, oi and hardcore bands on their books.

Their songs and albums are based on hard times ("7 Years Down," "Hyena"), world issues ("Rigged On A Fix"), old friends ("Old Friend," "GGF"), and love ("She's Automatic", "Corazon de Oro"). They have sold over 1 million records.

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1 Discography
2 See also
3 External links


Year Title Label Other information
1993 Rancid Epitaph gun cover
1994 Let's Go Epitaph
1995 ...And Out Come the Wolves Epitaph
1998 Life Won't Wait Epitaph
2000 Rancid Epitaph skull cover
2002 Split Series, Vol. 3 BYO with NOFX
2003 Indestructible Warner

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