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Old 10-28-2014, 08:30 AM   #1
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Rancid - Honor is All We Know

I'm going to be perfectly honest here: there's a very good chance I never would have discovered 75% of my favorite bands, had it not been for the Rolling Stone article on Rancid from when ...And Out Come the Wolves. I know I'm supposed to claim some improbable thing like how I was listening to The Clash in the womb or something when it comes to establishing some mythical punk rock credibility. But I was born two years after Combat Rock came out, so that's just ridiculous. I don't have any badass older siblings or cousins or anyone who would have introduced me to anything other than shit I could have heard on the radio myself. The simple fact is that when I was 14 a friend gave me a copy of RS containing that article (she'd recently raided her uncle's old magazine pile when he cleaned his garage, album came out in 1995 so that issue was 3 years old then) on the assumption that if I wasn't already a huge fan of the band, it was only because I'd never heard them. I hadn't (although ruby soho sounded somewhat familiar). I read the article, and in some teenage sense that I wasn't able to really recapture when I found the article in a desk drawer I was cleaning before moving a few years ago, I just thought Tim Armstrong sounded like the coolest motherfucker alive. Lars too, but something about Armstrong in that article connected with me in a way that screamed "go get this album NOW (well, once you have 13 bucks)." I don't remember having any idea what they might sound like, or what my expectations were, but 15 years later it's still an album I listen to pretty frequently. Given the amount of time that's gone by, I'm sure it's not exactly how I remember it, but I want to say I remember going to Newbury Comics after I turned 15 (hooray for birthday money) and buying the album. I also am fairly certain I remember exactly what shirt I was wearing when I bought the Clash's self titled album a little while later--and that the reason when I walked past it in the used record store, I stopped because I thought wait, I should check that out, I'm supposed to know their stuff. Without "The War's End," it would have been much longer before I'd checked out Billy Bragg. Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys, anyone that was ever on HellCat/Epitaph, the Ramones, Cocksparrer, Stiff Little Fingers, Sham 69 on a trip through punk history, branching off toward NYHC past and present to those random, insurgence records s.h.a.r.p. bands that I never heard from again after like 2003 or so. And we won't even discuss the ska. For me, it started with Rancid.


Rancid - "Collision Course," "Honor Is All We Know," & "Evil's My Friend" - YouTube

It's fucking good.
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I don't want to Cobbler it with this one, so I'm going to listen to And Out Come the Wolves before I think of listening to this.
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...And Out Rape The Wolves
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...And Out Rape The Wolves
Indeed!
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I don't think we could handle a style so rancid; they flipped it like Madlib did an old jazz standard
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I don't want to Cobbler it with this one, so I'm going to listen to And Out Come the Wolves before I think of listening to this.
I'm inclined to say listen to Let's Go and Life Won't Wait as well, but the former is going to be too horrible in sound quality and the latter too ska-like.
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My favorite is Life Won't Wait. It's trying so hard to do everything The Clash did and with a double-album length, but it's more ambitious than 95% of the bands in that genre. So many great tracks.

There are some ska sounds for sure, but that's a reductive considering how much is going on sonically.
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My favorite is Life Won't Wait. It's trying so hard to do everything The Clash did and with a double-album length, but it's more ambitious than 95% of the bands in that genre. So many great tracks.

There are some ska sounds for sure, but that's a reductive considering how much is going on sonically.
I agree with you 100%, and I should probably trust LM to be smart enough to come to that conclusion as well (that this is not some bullshit 3rd wave/less than jake pop punk stuff). I just get concerned when someone expresses their hatred of ska to the degree LM has before, that the moment an up stroked riff kicks in, it's getting turned off. Life Won't Wait is so good, I'd hate for that to happen.
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Good point. He definitely has issues with parts of London Calling, and I imagine a good dose of Sandinista as well.
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My favorite:



Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction on percussion, love that guy.
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That is a solid choice.
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