Russ Rankin

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Russ Rankin
Birth name Russell Rankin
Born (1968-05-25) May 25, 1968 (age 48)
Santa Cruz, California, US
Genres Punk rock, pop punk, melodic hardcore, skate punk, hardcore punk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1986–present
Labels Fat Wreck Chords
Associated acts Good Riddance, Only Crime, Fury 66, State of Grace

Russ Rankin (born May 25, 1968[1]) is an American singer from Santa Cruz, California. He has recorded and played in such notable bands as 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.


Rankin is a member of PETA and leads a straight edge and vegan lifestyle. Rankin holds the position of California/Western United States Regional Scout for the Kootenay Ice, a hockey team that competes in the Western Hockey League.

According to author Noah Levine, Rankin "spends most of his time these days touring internationally and spreading political and spiritual awareness through his lyrics."[4]

He is also a regular contributor to Amp Magazine, in which he has his own column.


Compilation appearances[edit]

With State of Grace[edit]

  • Demo (1992)

With Good Riddance[edit]

Further information: Good Riddance discography

With Fury 66[edit]

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

With Creep Division[edit]

  • Creep Division (2000)

With Only Crime[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]