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Title: OUT COME THE WOLVES
Street Release Date: 08/17/1995
- Maxwell Murder
- The 11th Hour
- Roots Radicals
- Time Bomb
- Olympia Wa.
- Lock, Step & Gone
- Junkie Man
- Listed M.I.A.
- Ruby Soho
- Daly City Train
- Journey to the End of the East Bay
- She's Automatic
- Old Friend
- Disorder and Disarray
- The Wars End
- You Don't Care Nothin'
- As Wicked
- Avenues & Alleyways
- The Way I Feel
- Amazon Sales Rank: #6464 in Music
- Brand: RANCID
- Released on: 1995-08-22
- Number of discs: 1
- Dimensions: .21 pounds
Just as Green Day aped the Ramones, their contemporaries in this Southern California punk quartet aspired to be the Clash. But also like Green Day, Rancid's fresh approach and excellent songs (including the ska-punk MTV hit "Time Bomb" and the anthemic "Roots Radicals") rose far above tribute-band level. And poet Jim Carroll (The Basketball Diaries) adds spoken-word stream-of-consciousness to the dour "Junkyman." While 19 songs makes this 1995 CD drag on a bit too long, Wolves is evidence of punk rock's relevance a full two decades after the Sex Pistols. --Steve Knopper
Several years ago I was a huge fan of punk music but over the years my interest in the music quickly diminished because I got fed up with the holier-than-thou attitudes from the Maximum Rock 'N Roll crowds and hearing the same ol' song be rehashed over and over. One of my favorite cds from those days was "And Out Comes the Wolves". There was something edgy to the music that is sorely lacking in the garbage I am hearing nowadays (i.e Good Charlotte). Unfortunately Rancid was subjected to endless comparisons to the legendary punk band The Clash and to a certain extent you can hear The Clash in songs like the reggae-influenced "Time Bomb" and "Roots Radical". I must admit that I bought this cd (back in the mid-'90s) when I would hear songs like "Ruby Soho" and "Roots Radicals" over and over. I almost forgot just how good "And Out Comes the Wolves" until I threw the disc in this evening. It is an album just chockful of melodic yet blistering punk music. There isn't one song on this album that I didn't like. Of all the songs on this cd, I must say that "As Wicked" is my favorite non-single track on the album. The production by Jerry Finn is the perfect example how punk albums should be produced...loose and raw. Bands such as Good Charlotte and Blink 182 are nothing more than boy bands with guitars and wearing clothes from the Goodwill. Their music is overly polished and lacks the edginess that bands like Rancid and The Clash has/had. "And Out Come the Wolves" is a masterpiece.
PUNK ROCK CLASSIC
I don't care how often they are compared to the Clash - Rancid are one of the all-time great punk bands. Album after album, they've delivered tight songs with caustic melodies that you can't stop playing over and over. And of all those albums, guess which one is the best? ...and out come the wolves! I'm not the only one here who says so - just look at some of the other reviews. Try not to enjoy "Roots Radicals", "Olympia", or "Journey to the End of the East Bay". How about "She's Automatic"? The songs are infectious, the lyrics insightful and conjuring up vivid images in your mind during almost every song - can't you just see the guys on that city bus during "Roots Radicals"? Listen to "The War's End" and "You Don't Care Nothin'", and then try to tell me you don't want this album? If you already have it, I'm sure your sentiments are pretty much the same as mine. One of my all-time favorite albums.
A Wake Up Call to the Music Industry
"And out come the Wolves" is one of the most powerful albums of all time. It possesses raw energy and positivity, each song carries a message to take to heart. "Maxwell Murder" opens up the album..or should I say kick starts the album. It has a furious bass solo and a relentless beat to it. "Roots Radicals" is a classic punk rock anthem with the classic lyric "Give em the boot, the roots radicals...give em the boot, ya know Im a radical" and the infectuous first single "Time Bomb" which accidently caught on in the mainstream.
"And Out come the Wolves" accomplished so much with so little that Madonna attempted to sign Rancid onto her label...but staying true to themselves, they opted to stay with Epitaph. This made them heroes within the punk community. But enough about useless facts..the album speaks louder than that.
It covers topics ranging from homeless/socialist issues in "As Wicked" and racial barriers as found in "Avenues and Alleyways" which has the positive message "Hes a different colour, but we're the same kid...ill treat him like my brother and he will treat me like his" or the powerful "The inner cities screaming black and blue..the power and the passion of a million youth"
With 19 songs, there is almost too much material. Rancid is an intelligent group with open minds..something lacking nowadays in music. They dare to experiment at times, and it always turns out great. One listen to "And Out come the Wolves" (punk fan or not) will inspire you to think for yourself. Anyone who seriously claims they are musically informed should own this album. It is THAT good.
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