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More than 20 years after its release, Pennywise’s 1991 debut remains among the most beloved and enduring releases of '90s punk. Whereas punk had become more cynical over the course the '80s, Pennywise flipped its message and tone for a new decade. While the Hermosa Beach foursome retained hardcore's furious energy, Pennywise's lyrics promoted personal integrity, empathy, and perseverance in the face of obstacles. Like its punk antecedents, Pennywise agreed that the world is a cruel and corrupt ecosystem. But rather than confront that world with nihilism, Pennywise employed the positivity that had previously been associated solely with the '60s hippie generation. Appropriating the title of The Beach Boys' sunny 1966 anthem, Pennywise’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” repurposes a positive mental attitude as a value for a new generation of punks. In the words of singer Jim Lindberg: “I have a vision of many things to come/A way to erase mistakes that have previously been done/And a time where man meets man without a glare but with a smile/Stop brooding on old things/Taste new ones for awhile.”

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A must have!

While Pennywise today is not quite the Pennywise of '93, you can relive that era through this album. This album, with its shoe-string budget and raw energy, still stands the test of time and continues to put new "punk rock" to shame. Great songs to throw in your car and sing along to. This album is where it all began (yes, there was Wildcards before it, but the progression from Wildcards to Pennywise S/T makes Wildcards sound like high schoolers in a garage with a tapedeck). Buy this album if you don't have it already! Why you wouldn't already have it is beyond me! Oh, and to the guy who first saw Pennywise in the early 90's at the Warped Tour, the Warped Tour first started in 1995. Pennywise's first year on the tour is 1996. Long time ago? Yes. Early '90's? No. Street cred doesn't come from fabled stories, friend.


When I was first introduced to punk back in '93, it was all about Pennywise and Bad Religion. Punk hasn't shown the same heart in the last 5-10 yrs, but Pennywise is the real deal.

Must Own

This is probably one of the most underated albums of the 90s. This is true punk rock. Being from NY,I have to give it up to Hermosa Beach on this one. Every song is good and filled with what music especially punk should have .. emotion and energy..


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 and snowboarding...
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