Tim 'Lint' Armstrong (guitar/vocals), Matt Freeman (a.k.a. Matt McCall; bass/vocals), Dave Mello (drums) and Jesse Michaels (vocals) started out as a group named Operation Ivy and released one self-titled album.
After the change of their name to Rancid and the replacement of Brett Reed taking over drums, the removal of Michaels and the release of a self-financed EP, I'm Not The Only One in 1992, the band received a deal on 'Epitaph', a label founded by the members of Bad Religion, and known for its Punk acts. They then added a second guitarist Lars Frederikson immediately after their 1993 self-titled debut.
The 1990s had arrived with a sort of Punk revival in the works, with the likes of Green Day and Offspring receiving huge rotation, making Rancid's more classic Punk-Hardcore style and look (Mohawks and all) well positioned for success. Following the release of the 1994 EP Radio Radio Radio on Fat Mike's (NOFX) 'Fat Wreck Chords', the band broke through the U.S. charts with a top 100 (97 U.S.) for Let's Go (1994). The following year they would out-do this success with a top 60 (55 U.K./45 U.S.) for ...And Out Come The Wolves, an album in the classic Punk stylefeaturing youth angst, hooky riffs and Rock beat. The follow-up self-titled Rancid (2000; different from their first self-titled) failed to rank as high in the charts, however.