Life Won't Wait

Release date
9 Nov 2007
Running length
22 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intro 0:48 38,377
2 Bloodclot 2:45 61,176
3 Hoover Street 4:09 42,686
4 Black Lung 1:53 47,382
5 Life Won't Wait (Allbum Version) 3:48 1,038
6 New Dress 2:51 39,431
7 Warsaw 1:31 39,676
8 Hooligans 2:32 53,982
9 Crane Fist 3:48 36,772
10 Leicester Square 2:35 33,248
11 Backslide 2:53 30,836
12 Who Would've Thought (Albm Version) 2:56 1,361
13 Cash, Culture And Violence 3:10 32,040
14 Cocktails 3:20 35,562
15 The Wolf 2:38 33,990
16 1998 2:45 42,501
17 Lady Liberty 2:20 33,999
18 Wrongful Suspicion 3:31 30,460
19 Turntable 2:16 30,922
20 Something In The World Today 2:33 33,146
21 Corozon D'Oro 3:58 4,224
22 Coppers 5:01 31,430

About this album

Life Won’t Wait is the fourth album by the American punk rock band Rancid. It was released on June 30, 1998 on Epitaph Records and is the follow-up to the successful …And Out Come the Wolves.

The album branches out from Rancid’s punk and ska roots to explore roots reggae and rockabilly, and dabbles in elements of dub, hip-hop, funk and other forms of music as The Clash did with Sandinista!. The album’s personnel includes some of Rancid’s influences and contemporaries such as members of The Specials and The Slackers.

Lyrically, the album discusses riots, revolution, politics, and historical events as well as making references to the Illuminati and Bakunin.

Around early 1997, still riding high off of the success of …And Out Come the Wolves, Rancid decided to immediately enter the studio following the …And Out Come the Wolves tour to record the next album. The recording of Life Won’t Wait took place not just in the U.S. (from San Francisco to Los Angeles, New York City, New Orleans), but also in Jamaica. Two of the songs were recorded in Kingston: “Hoover Street” and the title track, “Life Won’t Wait”. With the cooperation of numerous Jamaican reggae artists (such as Buju Banton) is very distinctive on this album, not just in the vocals, but also in instrumental parts, which all makes Life Won’t Wait very different from most of the other Rancid releases.

Life Won’t Wait was also the first Rancid album not produced or engineered by Brett Gurewitz since their 1993 self-titled debut.

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  • punk6268

    the way i see it, this is not their sandinista. this is their london calling. it''s got the london calling feel, where you never know what to expect of the next track. obviously it's not as good as london calling, but it's a great album in its own merits.

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • allpunknet

    Looking round the web for any new punk bands who want to feature on a compilation album if you do head over to and send us an email

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
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  • Madcapism

    One of my favourite albums ever. [3] - Instantly takes me back to a great time in my life.

    14 Jan 2013 Reply

    Subjectively, not my favourite of theirs, but I think it's the most creative. Plus it was the first CD I bought with self-earned money :)

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • longball2no1

    I think this was the first Rancid album I bought. 22 songs! Great stuff.

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    Not one of my favorite Rancid albums but I'll admit it;s their second best to the obvious album.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • toriessuck

    Grows on me on every listen.

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • LostInGarbage2

    only recently I ve realized - this stuff one of their best, no doubt.

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • drtysmile

    One of my favourite albums ever. [2]

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • carbourator

    Their "Sandinista" works better then The Clash's.Intense, rich, powerful, thick and dark. It has some unbelievable tracks, like Coppers, Life Wont Wait, Hoover Street... I'd say this is their finest moment, the moment when they reached the level of their idols

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Minsc64

    best Rancid by a mile

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Rachel1992

    Took a few listens to get into it, but definitely my favourite rancid album now :)

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Quibble_88

    One of my favourite albums ever

    23 Nov 2009 Reply
  • byyoutheradio

    its unforgetable album.

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Lazysquirrell

    My favorite rancid album

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Adornis

    One of the best Punk Albums ever!

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • evilxdead

    Definitely their best album.

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • timothyzha

    great album

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Applecrumble

    Best album. Absolutely cranking Ska/reggae/punk crossover. Good shit

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
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