Russ Rankin

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Russ Rankin
Birth nameRuss Rankin
Born (1968-05-25) May 25, 1968 (age 50)
Santa Cruz, California, US
GenresPunk rock, pop punk, melodic hardcore, skate punk, hardcore punk, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, scout, writer
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsFat Wreck Chords
Associated actsGood Riddance, Only Crime, Fury 66, State of Grace

Russ Rankin (born May 25, 1968)[1] is an American musician, record producer, hockey scout and writer from Santa Cruz, California. He is best known as the singer for the punk rock bands Good Riddance and Only Crime.

Musical biography[edit]

Russ Rankin is the lead vocalist for melodic hardcore band Only Crime, Creep Division, and punk rock band Good Riddance. Both bands were signed to Fat Wreck Chords until Good Riddance announced their breakup on April 3, 2007. However, as of February 2012, Good Riddance has reformed.[2] Rankin was also a member of Fury 66 and State of Grace. He has also lent his voice to songs by Rise Against, Ensign, Comeback Kid. Additionally, Rankin spends time producing bands.[3] Most recently, he performed a cover of the Johnny Cash song "Walk the Line" for a punk rock tribute album entitled All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash. Rankin appeared in the independent documentary, Meditate and Destroy, that focuses on Dharma Punx author Noah Levine. Along with his band Good Riddance, they can be seen in the film performing at the Catalyst club in Santa Cruz, California.

In 2012, Rankin released his debut solo album Farewell Catalonia on Paper + Plastik Records.

Personal life and activism[edit]

Russ Rankin has been outspoken about his political stances and done many charity actions.[4] Particularly with Good Riddance, he has participated in benefit concerts, donated a portion of their records sales and distributed animal rights literature at their live shows.[5] He became a vegetarian in the early 1990s and has been a vegan since 1993.[5][6] Rankin has been straight edge since 1987.[7] According to Buddhist teacher and author Noah Levine, Rankin "spends most of his time these days touring internationally and spreading political and spiritual awareness through his lyrics."[8]

In addition to music, Rankin is a hockey scout. Currently, he is the California/Western United States Regional scout for the Tri City Americans, a hockey team that competes in the Western Hockey League. Rankin held the same position with the Kootenay Ice from 2007 to 2012, and was on staff when Kootenay won the WHL Championship in 2011.[9]

He has contributed writing to magazines such as AMP, New Noise, Alternative Press,[10] Razorcake, and The Washington Times.[11]


Solo albums[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

With State of Grace[edit]

  • Demo (1992)

With Good Riddance[edit]

With Fury 66[edit]

  • Demo (1994)
  • American Clown EP (1994)

With Creep Division[edit]

  • Creep Division (2000)

With Only Crime[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Family Tree Legends
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  3. ^ Punk News
  4. ^ Fetty, Bill (January 26, 2017). "Always Riled Up: Protest Music For A New Era, Part 1". Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Russ Rankin of Good Riddance". Peta2. July 18, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Russ Rankin (GOOD RIDDANCE)". Ljubljana, Slovenia. March 19, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Kirchner, Michael; Pierschel, Marc (October 3, 2009). Edge. Santa Cruz, California: Compassion Media. Event occurs at 19:14-24:21. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. ^ Levine, Noah (2003). Dharma Punx: a Memoir. Harper Collins. ISBN 0-06-000895-4.
  9. ^ Wells, Kevin (April 2013). "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Russ Rankin of Good Riddance, Only Crime". Los Angeles, California (published January 18, 2014). Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  10. ^ ""The subject has been volatile and divisive for years"–Good Riddance's Russ Rankin on health care". Alternative Press. November 27, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Norville, Jimmy (June 5, 2013). "Russ Rankin begins writing for the Washington Times". Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Fun Factoid Friday: Rise Against and Good Riddance collaboration". July 2, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Donnelly, Justin (February 22, 2005). "Comeback Kid | Wake The Dead". Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Shultz, Brian (May 29, 2009). "Bullet Treatment | Designated Vol. 1 [7 inch] (2009)". Retrieved March 25, 2018.