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With the massive success of …And Out Come the Wolves Rancid brought the band’s punk-rock vision to its pinnacle. The 1998 follow-up, Life Won’t Wait, was their opportunity to diversify. In the past Rancid had always hung tight to its Bay Area home turf, but for Life Won’t Wait they recorded in a variety of locales, including Los Angeles, New Orleans and Kingston, Jamaica. The band also invited a host of guest musicians to join in. In addition to big names like Stephen Perkins (of Jane’s Addiction), Dicky Barrett (of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and Dancehall toaster Buju Banton, the album also borrows members from the Specials and the New Orleans brass band Bonerama. All of this helps to make Life Won’t Wait one of the band’s most fun and varied albums. “Cocktails,” “Leicester Square,” “Lady Liberty,” “Corozon d’Oro” and “Coppers” show Rancid outgrowing the pummeling punk rock of their early years. The band remains true to their old values, but the new sounds give them an injection of fearlessness and energy. Fuelled by new inspirations and ideas, even the brilliant, bleak portrait of “Hoover Street” becomes a musical celebration.

Customer Reviews

really good

this surprisingly was one of rancid's better albums. It shows a lot of diversity in their musical style and talent. Definitely worth buying.

Rancid's 'London Calling'

This album really shows the diversity of Rancid's song writing. This will always be there best album, with some of the most powerful songs they have ever written.

Might be their best...

For my money I might pick this album as their best...although I can't stress enough how much I love "And Out Come The Wolves" and "Let's Go". Those first two were there with me daily in my high school experience (as cheesy as as that sounds, but I really don't care), as was this one when i was in college. This is Rancid at their best. Just about every song I love.


Formed: 1991 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Rock

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

One of the cornerstone bands of the '90s punk revival, Rancid's unabashedly classicist sound drew heavily from the Clash's early records, echoing their left-leaning politics and fascination with ska, while adding a bit of post-hardcore crunch. While some critics dismissed Rancid as derivative, others praised their political commitment, surging energy, and undeniable way with a hook. And, regardless of critical debate over their significance, the band's strengths made them perhaps the most popular...
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