Full Circle (Pennywise album)

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Full Circle
Studio album by Pennywise
Released April 22, 1997
Recorded 1996 at Total Access Recording in Redondo Beach, California
Genre Punk rock, melodic hardcore
Length 42:10
Label Epitaph
Producer Pennywise,
Eddie Ashworth
Pennywise chronology
Home Movies
(1995)
Full Circle
(1997)
Straight Ahead
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10 stars[1]

Full Circle is the fourth full-length album by the punk band Pennywise. It was released on April 22, 1997 (see 1997 in music) and was digitally remastered on March 8, 2005 on the original label. This is the first Pennywise studio album to feature Randy Bradbury, who replaced bassist Jason Thirsk, who had committed suicide on July 29, 1996. The entire album was dedicated to the memory of Thirsk, who had been a key song writer for Pennywise until his death, and a close friend of all of those in the band.

Writing and production[edit]

There had been a delay between 1995's About Time and the recording of this album, which occurred in the fall of 1996. During the About Time tour, founding member Jason Thirsk took a hiatus from Pennywise to try to control his then-growing alcoholism. One Hit Wonder bassist Randy Bradbury, who had contributed on the band's 1993 album Unknown Road, stepped in. When Thirsk returned briefly on bass in 1996, Bradbury was supposed to switch to rhythm guitar; unfortunately, Thirsk died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29th of that year at the age of 28. His death nearly delayed the production of the fourth Pennywise album.

Pennywise was shaken by Thirsk's death; however, they decided to continue performing, thus adding Bradbury as Thirsk's permanent replacement. The band finally returned to the studio in the fall of 1996 to begin recording the follow-up to About Time.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fight Till You Die" – 2:22
  2. "Date With Destiny" – 2:55
  3. "Get a Life" – 2:56
  4. "Society" – 3:24
  5. "Final Day" – 3:11
  6. "Broken" – 2:46
  7. "Running Out of Time" – 2:21
  8. "You'll Never Make It" – 2:35
  9. "Every Time" – 3:37
  10. "Nowhere Fast" – 2:56
  11. "What If I" – 2:55
  12. "Go Away" – 1:51
  13. "Did You Really?" – 2:51
  14. "Bro Hymn (Tribute)" 5:30
  • After a period of silence, a hidden track with a piano solo is played. The solo is an extension of the original piano composition that marks the beginning of Pennywise's second album Unknown Road (1993). Track 14, including the period of silence and the hidden track, totals 23:56.

All songs by Pennywise.

Personnel[edit]

  • Jim Lindberg - Vocals
  • Fletcher Dragge - Guitar
  • Randy Bradbury - Bass
  • Byron McMackin - Drums
  • Eddie Ashworth - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Milton Chan - Mixing
  • Fred Hidalgo - Logo
  • Jesse Fischer - Artwork
  • Brett Gurewitz - Mixing
  • Pennywise - Producer, Engineer, Artwork, Mixing
  • Darian Rundall - Assistant Engineer, Mixing
  • Eddy Schreyer - Mastering
  • Justin Thirsk - Vocals (background)
  • Ronnie King - Piano "Unknown Road"

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America) and the ARIA Charts (Australia).

Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 79
1997 Australian Albums Chart 13