25/10/2020: “Time Bomb” by Rancid

Rancid stem from the earlier ska-punk outfit Operation Ivy. There probably aren’t many bands who had the same influence on the trajectory of punk rock music in the United States in the 90s.

They formed part of a wave of Californian bands who took punk in a lighter direction, although in their case, the political, ‘punk’ character was never fully expelled.

“Time Bomb” makes its ska influence very clear, bouncing along to reggae guitar skanks. The vocals are more ska than punk too, especially that infectious chorus!

It was released in 1995 on …And Out Come The Wolves, which remains the band’s greatest success.

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