...And Out Come the Wolves is Released
…And Out Come the Wolves is an album by the American punk rock band Rancid, released in August 1995.
Rancid's popularity and catchy songs made them the subject of a major label bidding war (hence the title, ...And Out Come the Wolves taken from a poem in Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries) that ended with the band sticking with their independent label, Epitaph Records. With a sound heavily influenced by ska, which called to mind Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman's past in Operation Ivy, Rancid became one of the few bands of the mid- to late-1990s boom in punk to retain much of its original fanbase.
In terms of record sales and certifications, …And Out Come the Wolves is a popular album in the United States. It produced three hit singles — "Roots Radicals", "Time Bomb" and "Ruby Soho" – that earned Rancid its heaviest airplay on MTV and radio stations to date. All the singles charted on Modern Rock Tracks. …And Out Come the Wolves, which was certified gold by the RIAA on January 22, 1996, has continued to sell well in the fifteen years since its release; it was certified platinum on September 23, 2004.
...And Out Come the Wolves—along with Green Day's Dookie and The Offspring's Smash—helped revive mainstream popular interest in punk rock in the mid-1990s, signaled the initial rise of mainstream punk, and proved to be a massive success for the band, making them possibly the most popular American punk rock band to be signed onto an independent record label. Since 2004, the album has continued to sell millions of digital copies.