Rancid - Rancid (2000) (Cover Artwork)


Rancid: Rancid (2000)Rancid (2000) (2000)
Hellcat Records

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There have always been two sides to Rancid. On one hand, they are one of the most talented punk bands around. Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen are excellent guitar players, Bred Reed is fast and furious on drums, and Matt Freeman is simply one of the most skilled bassists in the genre. Tim is a su.
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There have always been two sides to Rancid. On one hand, they are one of the most talented punk bands around. Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen are excellent guitar players, Bred Reed is fast and furious on drums, and Matt Freeman is simply one of the most skilled bassists in the genre. Tim is a superior songwriter, able to take multiple genres of music and develop excellent, well thought out punk. Lars has the heart and life experience to give the band's music a passionate-urgency. The other side of Rancid, the part some despise, is that they shamelessly flaunt their influences. Rancid draws heavily from the Clash and aspects of The Exploited, The Ramones, and The Specials. While giving them a firm root in their genre, they never have been particularly original.

"Life Wont Wait," which saw the band delving into rockabilly and dancehall reggae, was not well received by the public who feasted on "‚?¶And Out Come The Wolves." Rancid disappeared from the public consciousness and toured very little after 1998. Since their departure the recent success of pop-punk acts has changed the scene dramatically. Bands are, consciously or not, losing their edges. The well written and truly deserving punk is out of the spotlight. The majors have been pumping money into bands with radio-friendly sounds. Punk is becoming a fashion once again.

Rancid, big enough to be relevant but with little mainstream hype, pisses on this trend. Getting back together with Epitaph head Brett Gurewitz the band has delivered their rawest, tightest album ever. Their influences are still present, but are learned from rather then emulated. There's also now an undeniable Black Flag feel to the recording and music. Most of the songs were recorded in one take. The production complements the music without smoothing the edges or enhancing the voices. The bass is in the forefront, carrying the melody (like a ska band‚?¶ although there is no ska on this release) which is rarely done in hardcore. While not breaking any new ground, in this age of pasteurized, radio friendly pop it seems like it does. The genuine anger and frustration expressed is a band's cry for the plight of their music.

Songs such as "Let Me Go", "Radio Havana", and "Corruption" show that the hardcore influence has not diminished the bands song writing skills. "Axiom" and "Young Al Capone" show off Freeman's extraordinary playing. "Dead Bodies" and "Antennas" are powerful and relevant; the band's social consciousness is also stronger than ever.

I loved this album. Like "Life Won't Wait," this isn't another "‚?¶And Out Come The Wolves." Rancid keeps me as a fan because they haven't rewritten that album over and over.


Let Me Go

  • This was released by Hellcat via Europe Europe and was not readily available in North America. This single is a perfect sampler of the band that Rancid has become. The first track is the bouncy and urgent "Let Me Go," sung by Tim. The passionate "Ben Zanotto" follows it: a tribute sung by Lars to a fallen friend. Finally, Matt shouts and growls his way through the rumbling "Dead and Gone." Pick this up if you can find it.


People who liked this also liked:
Rancid - ... And Out Come The WolvesRancid - Let's GoRancid - Life Won't WaitOperation Ivy - Operation IvyNOFX - The DeclineNOFX - Punk In DrublicBad Religion - SufferRancid - Rancid (1993)Descendents - Milo Goes To CollegeThe Clash - London Calling

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scarypunk (August 26, 2012)

Album is ok, but 22 tracks practically sounding the same are too much. It shouldnt have been only hardcore punk IMO.

adriel_saint (January 9, 2011)

Rancid really needs to make another one like this. Focused and straight forward. That may be wishful thinking tho

WalterSobchak (June 19, 2008)

this is my fav rancid album. raw and to the point. fav song is antennaes

FuckYouOiOiOi (January 27, 2006)

this is my favorite rancid album and probably one of my all-time favorite albums. punk as fuck.

Anonymous (January 10, 2006)

Rancid are the biggest and best punk band ever. Don't bother arguing, you know it's true.

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

It Seems That All "true Punk" Is turning into fued rather than a gathering. People Would rather argue "punk politics" Than just be free to say somethign wihtout getting shit on. Its just music you havent changed anything . The album rancid 2000 is excellent fuel

Anonymous (October 21, 2005)

I wish i knew why pretty much nobody has ever even heard of the song GGF by rancid or, for those who have, why they hate it. i swear to god, its gotta be one of my top favorite rancid songs.. its one of those songs that you cant explain your love for; you arent really sure why you love it so much..

the rest of the album is amazing, as well; especially young al capone and antennas

thrasher (June 20, 2005)

rancid is the good charlotte for the early 90s

what the fuck is rong with u fucking pozer

rancid will allways be the shit

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

Okay, I hate the actual people in Rancid (they're quite the assholes if you're ever so UN-lucky to meet them), but they produce GOOD
Oh yeah... Rancid performing live... SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!! They should NEVER play another show again. They are THE worst live band ever.


They're not assholes, nice and friendly people when i met them.
You must have mistaken them with a shitty band you cum to.

Kickass live band, i doubt you have ever seen them live

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

rancid is the good charlotte for the early 90s

Anonymous (August 28, 2003)

This album rapes you and throws you in the gutter. My favorite from this band. Pisses all over Rancid I.

Anonymous (July 31, 2003)

This album is good... 7.
Has anyone heard the new album yet???
Lars sings like 3 or 4 songs. It's better than their first 2 albums, but that's it.
Fuck Rancid anyways. Who the fuck do they think they are???
Lars: "Mest is real punk rock. Cuz Rancid says so".
FUCK RANCID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
Okay, I hate the actual people in Rancid (they're quite the assholes if you're ever so UN-lucky to meet them), but they produce GOOD albums, NOT GREAT AT ALL!
Best tracks from 2000:
Dead Bodies
Radio Havana

Best tracks from Indestructible:
David Courtney
Travis Bickle

Oh yeah... Rancid performing live... SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!! They should NEVER play another show again. They are THE worst live band ever.

adam (April 30, 2003)

Little mainstream hype for their latest album is what I meant when I wrote this two years ago... Like after 1995/96 MTV couldn't give a shit about Rancid.


Anonymous (April 30, 2003)

"big enough to be relevant but with little mainstream hype"??? are you fucking kidding me? do you not remember rancid being all over the radio and mtv after ...and out come the wolves?

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

this is pure rage and fury. rancid have managed to stay on top of their game re-inventing their style with record. After a the brilliant ska-heavy life won't wait, this is their most hardcore effoert yet. Rancid have never been ashamed of their influences and this one comes across as sthg like the clash meets minor threat, but having a unique sound of it's own. Let Me Go is a brilliant song. Great review.

Anonymous (June 1, 2002)

Rancid has showed throughout their albums how revolutionary truly they are..... I remember when i use to hate tim's voice but i love them instrumentally.... Oh well.... Later on i just figured out i was being an asshole... Tim armstrong is really talented it's just nobody understands it..... He's probably one of the few singers who can switch voices like that... A good example is on let's go and the self titled album.... In let's go he had a melodic voice.... In antennas from rancid 2000 he has kinda of darker and later on he started with an awesome angst that reminds me of bands like black flag and minor threat.... Rancid is just one of the best punk bands ever!

eric2guns (May 18, 2002)

Rancid does it again. I have decided that you cannot talk to fans who won't move on from out come the wolves. "wolves" was an amazing album, but that doesn't mean that Rancid is incapable of tearing out something else amazing. They did just that again on rancid 2000. It is grimey, raw, fast and loud. Even though this is their most aggressive and hardcore album yet, it is also just as catchy. the music is more developed then ever, and Tim continues to write amazing and deep lyrics. Just listen to the final track(GGF) when Tim's voice is just fucked from singing so much, and he is singing about a dead friend. His voice is cracking yet he never misses a beat. It is one of the most real moments is recent punk history. This is a great album. Only a moron could not see that.

Anonymous (March 27, 2002)

LoL Thats true what the guys said under me

Anonymous (March 27, 2002)

i Hate the singer he sounds like sh*t, someone might think its good voice but its all lazy voiced monkey

Anonymous (November 9, 2001)

i've heard a bunch of this cd, and I can't say i liked it. I love a lot of Rancid's music, but this is a little too hardcore for my taste. That doesn't mean i think the cd is bad, it just means it's not for me. i still have a huge amount of respect for it since I know it's well written, good music, just for someone with harder taste. it's still much better than a lot of the music out there today. As a side note, i'd just like to say that when someone gives a comment about a cd, then ends it with "by the way...BLINK SUCKS!", it's really fucking lame. If you some how tied it in with your ideas, and said something that's not completely idiotic, then it woudln't be as bad. however if you're gonna bash a band, go to the band's review, and say something constructive. Saying "BLINK SUCKS AND SO DOES ALL THAT OTHER MTV POP-PUNK SHIT!!!", just makes you look like an idiot. i'm sorry, just had to let that out.

Anonymous (September 25, 2001)

This is one of my favourite albums of all time. I cannot express on a mere internet page just how much I love this album. This is fucking punk rock 101. If i had died only hearing one punk album ever and this was it, I'd die a happy man.

That said, I dont see the sad people are chucking about Life Wont Wait. Thats an awesome album too. Rancid are masters of whatever sound they do. ST2000 and Wolves are my fave Rancid albums, the other 3 tie 2nd, they all make it into my top 10 albums of all time. Rancid fuckin rock.

I wish they would hurry the fuck up back to Australia though. - Sheamus

Anonymous (September 24, 2001)

Great album, Rancid is still changing and suprising people wth different sounds. Though I wouldn't say it's their best, this is still an amazing work.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

Seriously. How can anyone reject a flawless album such as this. Its raw, a little hardcore, and it still has the huge rancid edge. Its' the ultimate punk album, and keeps punk alive in these days of crappy pop-punk. Obviously Lars is pissed about pop-punk. Speaking of Lars: check out Lars and the Bastards, not quite as good as Rancid, but theyr'e close behind. This album was awesome, a light in this hopelessnes of no good "real" punk bands.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

Weezer has two self titled albums.

punk_kid (September 2, 2001)

my fav. rancid

Anonymous (July 22, 2001)

Too noisy for me. I'll stick to "...the wolwes" which is The punk album of all times. "Radio Havanna" is great though.

Anonymous (July 20, 2001)

kicks ass cd !! this is my favorite album ever. it's just raw and angry as hell. matt freeman must be the greatest bass player ever !! tim and lars are awesome and so is brett, that's why rancid is my favorite band of all time.
punk fucking rock !!!

Anonymous (July 9, 2001)

It's ok, but i'd rather go for "...The Wolwes" and "Let's go" really. By the way: Blink 182 fucking sucks, but who wouldn't know that by now? Just had to let it out, sorry!

Rioteer (June 28, 2001)

I have heard a lot of people I know that like Rancid say that they don't like this album. I don't understand why, I could understand that they might not like "Life Won't Wait", even thought that is also a good album, cuz it has a lot of reggae influence. I think this is a great album.

Anonymous (June 2, 2001)

It's better than most punk out there these days. Any Rancid CD is worth the money (Even Life Won't Wait.) They can move beyond punk if they want, but this album keeps down their roots. Don't waste your time dissing Rancid, buy the new album, go see one of their shows, ask a fan about them, just get with it.

Anonymous (May 29, 2001)

Just when I was starting to forget what punk sounded like, Rancid came out with this cd. Now I know that every other cd I have is just crap. This album blows them all away. No one else makes music like this anymore, and thats a shame. True punk has almost disappeared, but Rancid, the kings of punk, are stronger than every.

Anonymous (May 26, 2001)

The fact that Rancid make every album sounds different is what counts. This probally isn't their best album, but it's a great album nonetheless and shows that they can still change their style just like all the great bands of years gone past.

Anonymous (April 10, 2001)

We always fall into the trap of declaring what a band should sound like. "Real Rancid" is everthing they've played. A band is the sum of its recordings. Rancid's two latest albums have been different from each other and also different form their earlier stuff, however all are Rancid. Especially live its interesting to see how Rancid play's stuff from all of their albums. They don't exclude what is not the most popular. If they kept playing the same style as Wolves/LetsGo then the music would become stagnant. Of course, Wolves as an album works better then LifeWontWait as an album, but to declare what "is" Rancid just dosen't work.

Anonymous (April 6, 2001)

if you want real rancid, get their first self titled cd. i dont really see rancid doing too much after this year. they've played all there is to play(pop-punk,street-punk,reggae) and in my opinion, they've been on the decline since "Wolves".their first album still ranks in my top ten punk albums of all time, and let's go isn't too far behind.

Anonymous (April 2, 2001)

this shit fucking blows, fucking sellouts, all they are are an -AAA- wanna be band now

Anonymous (March 31, 2001)

I like Rancid, but I've never heard of a band with two different self-titled albums.

Anonymous (March 30, 2001)

Rancid is good.

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