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Album Review

For God and Country is quite a mature and focused debut, thanks largely to the leadership of singer Russ Rankin, whose deep personal convictions give the band an intelligently idealistic variation on SoCal punk, which tended to be prankish and silly in the 1990s (when most bands were trying to copy NOFX). And, unlike many punk bands with a message, Good Riddance consistently avoid the cliché of bellowing hollow antiestablishment mantras with no real meaning or thought behind them; songs like "Flies First Class" challenge the very core of American values with eloquence and passion. More personal tracks like "Lisa" and "Wrong Again" address disillusionment and failed relationships with confusion and bitter resignation. Musically, the band are typical of most Fat Wreck and Epitaph groups (they seem to have learned most of their tricks from the tremendously influential Bad Religion), but the group's heartfelt message gives their music a resonating power that lifts them above their contemporaries.

Customer Reviews

Great start

I found this in a record store in the mid-90's and it was the best thing I could have bought. Great album and the start of a long career. This really broke things open for me when things were starting to get stale!

Like many it was a great find at just the right time.

Getting better just like wine... Thanks guys. You have more than just heart and I felt it at every show. Whatever the sacrifice - thanks for making it. You guys helped change my life more than once.

One of there best

Simply an awesome

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Santa Cruz, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

Good Riddance is a straight-edge hardcore punk band from Santa Cruz, CA. Led by vocalist Russ Rankin, the band's longtime lineup included guitarist Luke Pabich, bassist Chuck Platt, and drummer Sean "SC" Sellers. Although it was formed in 1986 by ex-Fury 66 member Rankin as a voice for his political frustrations and protests, the band...
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