YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: This was before their national breakout, so probably not.
LINEUP: Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman, Brett Reed
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Spirit of ’77 lives! Rancid goes back to that era, mostly, except the bass player is doing some wonderful stuff. It’s PUNK ROCK! (Not a Subaru…)
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Punk punk punk punk punk! Yep, even in 1993 this was retro, and it was all about getting back to that 1977 vibe. And the songs are structured simply – a three chord monte as it were (this was before Rancid added a second guitarist).
The star of the record isn’t Tim Anderson’s growl, it’s Matt Freeman’s outstanding bass work. His fluid lines propel Rancid past just aping the punk of the past but looking towards incorporating musicianship into punk rock. Freeman’s bass hero is John Entwistle, so that should say where he’s coming from.
The songs fly by and sometimes blur one into another. But unlike some punk rock records it doesn’t wear out its welcome. It’s just that the songs aren’t instantly memorable.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released a self-titled EP the year before, and NONE of the songs have wound up on CD except on a Japanese version of a compilation.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+ : Good, solid three chord punk rock. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.