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Editors’ Notes

While their eponymous debut introduced Rancid’s sound, the band’s persona crystallized on Let’s Go. With new member Lars Frederiksen contributing second guitar and vocals, Rancid sounded beefier than ever before. Bassist Matt Freeman and drummer Brett Reed still provide a giddy bounce, but the riffs of “Harry Bridges” and “St. Mary” come down with the force of a brickbat. Like all punk bands, Rancid sings about police harassment, nonconformity and hatred for the mainstream, but what really sets them apart are their thumbnail portraits of the urban landscape and the street punks that live within it. “Nihilism” captures the “white ghettos” of Campbell, California, where the members of Rancid were raised. On the other hand, “Tenderloin” and “The Ballad of Jimmy & Johnny” zoom in on other neighborhoods in the Bay Area, inviting the listener to spend a few moments with a midnight prostitute, or a skinhead street-racer. Like all great art, Let’s Go focuses on a specific place and time, but unlike most punk rock albums, it forgoes sloganeering in favor of humanistic portraiture.

Customer Reviews

Awesome CD

I really like Nihilsm the most cause it sounds like the good old Operation Ivy which had a lot of energy and nice sounds. I also recommend this CD to any Rancid fan regardless of whatever people say.

zOMG

Probably the best punk band ever!!!!11!!

Best Rancid Cd

This album is better than your album.

Biography

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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