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Editors’ Notes

After George W. Bush's election in 2000, Pennywise turned its attention to a full-scale critique of U.S. governmental policy. While Land of the Free? divided longtime fans—some of whom longed for the more intimate messages of self-betterment that Pennywise had promoted in its early days—the political views here were incredibly prescient. Corporate authority, institutionalized religion, and exploitative colonialism would become touchstone issues of the '00s, and Pennywise came early to a fight that other artists flocked to only after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “F**k Authority” was the broadest statement to date by a band that was once mostly focused on teenagers' daily lives, but Land of the Free? is nonetheless very personal. Even as group leader Jim Lindberg attacks the system at large, his overall concern is specific. His fight is on behalf of intellectual engagement, and the album’s recurring theme is for each and every punk fan to “open your eyes” to the far-reaching effects of an inhumane system.

Customer Reviews

This album will stand true through time.

I remember buying this album when it came out when I was 18 and listened to it constantly in the months that followed George W. Bush's election. I think with the way that politics has shifted into something that the youth are becoming more concerned about, this album is their anthem. And I'm not trying to state my political stance; however, when one looks at corruption and tyranny throught our (USA) nation's history, one could say that this album is inspired directly by all of them.

This is by far one of the most import punk albums, in my opinion, in history. While considered dangerous by some, and inspiring by others, its sound and lyrics to do exactly what Pennywise set out to do: Get people to listen and take action.

Probably the greatest Pennywise album

And why not? Some of their biggest songs are on here like Twist of Fate, Something Wrong With Me, and my all time favorite F*** Authority. This album never gets old. It is just fast and agressive the entire way through. A true punk masterpiece, Land of the Free? is an album to play over and over again and F*** Authority is a song that was meant to send a message that our system is impeding on our rights and we need to do something to stop our rights from being complete lost. This album definitely was meant to show the corruption of our system and how far this nation has fallen. Songs that back up this statement are Land of the Free?, Who's on your Side, Enemy, F**k Authority, and Anyone Listening. Buy this album, and never regret it.

Best Album Ever

My favorite album of all time by any band and Pennywise is my favorite band. From best to worst the songs go The World, My God, F**k Authority, WTO, Time Marches On, Land of the Free?, Something Wrong With Me, Set Me Free, Enemy, It's Up to You, Anyone Listening, Who's On Your Side, Divine Intervention, Twist of Fate.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Hermosa Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pennywise were one of the key bands of the punk revival of the '90s. Using California hardcore as a foundation, the group incorporated funk-metal and skatepunk into its sound, developing into something that functioned as edgy, post-punk frat rock — it was speedy and occasionally stupidly catchy, with heavy, propulsive rhythms and positive, optimistic lyrics that stood in pointed contrast to their grunge-addled peers. Through constant touring and recording, as well as appearances at surfing...
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