Good Riddance is a Santa Cruz punk band which originally involved Russ Rankin (vox), Rob Land (guitar), John Burnett (bass) and Rich McDermott (drums) (in 1986). Through its history, the band has seen at least five different guitarists, seven different drummers, six different drummers, leaving Russ as the only person to have been in the band the entire time (except for the one show in 1987 when Jason Fitzsimmons filled in for him).
The name Good Riddance was suggested by Russ. Prior to that, they were formerly known as B.O.S.P. (Bunch of Skate Punks) and Union Carbide.
Their first show was at a house party in Santa Cruz around Christmas 1986.
Good Riddance broke up in 2007, and the following year, they released a live album of what was supposed to be their final concert. In 2010, they released a compilation of old songs. In 2012, they reformed for a few shows before deciding to stay together for good; they released their first comeback album Peace in Our Time in 2015, and their second one, Thoughts and Prayers, came out in 2019.
History and personnel changes[edit | edit source]
In 1988, Rich and John moved to Lake Tahoe to work at a resort and snowboard. During this time, the band recruited drummer Jade Dylan (from Rude Awakening), guitar player Luke Pabich and bass player Ken Frank. Luke continued playing guitar for the band through 1989 because Rob broke his wrist skateboarding.
1990 Andrew Jackson took over on drums. Rude Awakening broke up on New Years' Eve and Luke joined Good Riddance for good. At this point, Good Riddance wrote a number of original songs and recorded a demo tape. The following year, John left the band and was replaced with Devin Quinn. Rob and Andrew also left and were replaced with Brian Gilliam and Jade Dylan (who had just quit Vicious Midget). Jade quit Good Riddance shortly after that.
Without a regular drummer, Good Riddance went into hibernation until 1993. During this time, Russ and Luke start State of Grace, but they also continue writing material for Good Riddance and continue to look for a drummer for Good Riddance. They finally convinced Rich McDermott to rejoin the band.
Then, Devin was replaced on bass by Tom Kennedy. Good Riddance went on tour, venturing as far north as Seattle and as far east as Houston. After the tour, Russ and Tom created Fury 66. In 1994, Aaron Sonnenshein quit Fury 66 and Rich McDermott filled in, creating an overlap in which Fury 66 and Good Riddance shared three members. Tom then quit Good Riddance so he could focus solely on Fury 66. Tom was replaced in Good Riddance by Chuck Platt.
Rich quit in 1995. Tony Palermo filled in on a tour of the U.S. and Canada. Sean Sellers then joined the band as the drummer on their European tour (1995). Follow up tours included one supporting Down by Law (in North America) and one supporting NOFX (in Europe). They also headlined another tour. In 1997, they again toured Europe and North America, and for the first time toured Japan.
With the release of Operation Phoenix in 1999, the band toured western Canada. After the tour, Sean got married and quit the band. Dave Raun filled in on drums through the spring and summer of 2000. During this time, Good Riddance co-headlined a tour with No Use For A Name, then supported NOFX in a tour through Europe. That fall David Wagenschutz became the full-time drummer.
In 2002, Luke decided to return to school, preventing him from participating in some tours. Duncan Barlow filled in for Luke at guitar. The band toured with Strike Anywhere. Then in the summer, Luke joined in again as the band toured through the U.S. and Canada.
In the fall of 2002, Luke was unable to tour because of school. Chuck and David took on full-time jobs. David moved with his wife into a new home in the Philadelphia area.
Good Riddance broke up in 2007, and the following year, they released a live album of what was supposed to be their final concert. In 2010, they released a compilation of old songs. In 2012, they reunited for a few shows in England, including the Reading and Leeds Festival, but they did not express an intention to write new music. However, in 2014, they decided to stay together for good and announced that they were working on new music; they released their first comeback album Peace in Our Time in 2015, and their second one, Thoughts and Prayers, came out in 2019.
Discography[edit | edit source]
- Demo tape - 1990
- Loaded for Bear - 1993
- Gidget 7" - 1993 on Little Deputy Records (Austin, Texas)
- Decoy 7" - Fall 1994 - FAT release.
- For God & Country full length album - January 1995 - FAT release
- A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion - 1996
- Ballads from the Revolution full length - 1998 - FAT release
- Operation Phoenix full length - 1999 - recorded at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO. with the guidance of producers Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton
- The Phenomenon of Craving EP - 2000 - recorded at the Blasting Room
- Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit full length - 2001 -recorded at the Blasting Room
- Covers Up - a compilation of all the cover songs the band had recorded in the band's history. 2002 - Lorelei Records
- Bound by Ties of Blood and Affection full length - 2003 - recorded at the Blasting Room with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore
- My Republic full length - 2006 - FAT release
- Remain in Memory: The Final Show - 2008 - FAT release
- Capricorn One: Singles and Rarities - 2010 - FAT release
- Peace in Our Time - 2015 - FAT release
- Thoughts and Prayers - 2019 - FAT release
- Benefit for World Food Program USA - 2020