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Pennywise discography

Pennywise onstage in 2006. Pictured are Randy Bradbury (left) and Jim Lindberg (right)
Releases
Studio albums 9
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 1
Extended plays 2
Singles 14
Video albums 1

This is a comprehensive discography of Pennywise, an American punk rock band formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California. The band has released nine studio albums, one live album, two extended plays (EPs), one compilation, one DVD and fourteen singles. This list is not intended to include material performed by members or former members of Pennywise that was recorded with CON/800, One Hit Wonder and Chaos Delivery Machine.

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Biography

Pennywise was formed in 1988 by the now-"classic" original lineup of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitars), Byron McMackin (drums) and the late Jason Matthew Thirsk (bass). The band started playing locally, releasing the 7" EPs, A Word from the Wise and Wildcard, in 1989 on Theologian Records. The EPs caught the attention of Brett Gurewitz (of Bad Religion fame), who signed Pennywise to Epitaph Records in 1990. The band released their first album, which is self-titled, a year later, and in 1993 they released Unknown Road. In June 1995, Pennywise released its third studio album, About Time, which was their first album to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching #96. While promoting the album, Thirsk died in 1996 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 28. Randy Bradbury was hired as his replacement and was present on their next album, 1997's Full Circle.

In June 1999, Pennywise released their fifth album, Straight Ahead. The critically-acclaimed album, also the band's most successful, debuted at number 62 on the Billboard 200, produced the single "Alien", which charted on the North American Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, and also became one of Pennywise's most successful singles. The band's next album, 2001's Land of the Free?, was also highly successful and produced three singles, "Divine Intervention", "My God" and "Fuck Authority", which also charted on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks. Despite the success of the single, "Fuck Authority" was banned from radio stations after September 11, 2001, although the influential radio station KROQ has continued playing it.

Pennywise released their next two albums, From the Ashes in 2003 and The Fuse in 2005, but they were less successful than the last two. With approximately 60 new songs written for their next album, Pennywise had recorded enough material for a double release, but it was instead demoted to a single release, resulting in 2008's Reason to Believe. Reason to Believe was originally released for free through a partnership between MySpace, and Textango, a mobile music distributor. In addition the album would be for sale in stores through MySpace Records in the United States and Epitaph in Europe. Reason to Believe also spawned the single "The Western World", which became a popular hit on Modern Rock radio in the spring of 2008 and reached number 22 on the chart, marking the highest initial charting single in Pennywise's career.

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Notes
US

[1]

US
Ind.

[1]

AUS

[2]

FIN

[3]

GER

[4]

NET

[5]

NZ

[6]

SWI

[7]

UK

[8]

1991 Pennywise
  • Debut release.
  • Remastered on March 8, 2005.
  • The 2005 remastered version features a bonus track "Psycho 89".
1993 Unknown Road
  • Released: August 17, 1993
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
  • Remastered on March 8, 2005.
  • Though not yet credited as a member of the band, current bassist Randy Bradbury contributed songs on this album.
1995 About Time
  • Released: June 13, 1995
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
96 24 76 84
  • Remastered on March 8, 2005.
  • Last album recorded with original bassist Jason Thirsk before his suicide in 1996.
1997 Full Circle
  • Released: April 22, 1997
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
79 13 38 93 36
  • Remastered on March 8, 2005.
  • First release with current bassist Randy Bradbury.
  • Contains "Bro Hymn Tribute", a re-recording of "Bro Hymn", which is dedicated to the late Jason Thirsk.
1999 Straight Ahead
  • Released: June 1, 1999
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
62 8 93 12 193
2001 Land of the Free?
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
67 2 21 32 89 134
2003 From the Ashes
  • Released: September 9, 2003
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
54 4 13 77 47 47 148
2005 The Fuse
  • Released: August 9, 2005
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Format: CD, LP
78 9 36 100 60
2008 Reason to Believe
  • Released: March 25, 2008
  • Label: MySpace
  • Format: CD, LP, DI
98 12 46 97
  • The album was temporarily offered as a free download via MySpace.
  • Last album to feature lead singer Jim Lindberg, who left the band in August 2009.
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

EPs

Year Title Label Format Other information
1989 A Word from the Wise Theologian EP
1989 Wildcard Theologian EP

Compilation / Live albums

Year Title Label US Billboard Peak[9] Format Other information
1992 Wildcard/A Word from the 'Wise Theologian Uncharted CD
1997 Violent World - A Tribute to the Misfits Caroline Records CD
  • contribute the track "Astro Zombies".
1999 Short Music For Short People Fat Wreck Chords CD
  • contribute the track "30 Seconds 'Till The End of The World".
2000 Live @ the Key Club Epitaph #198 CD/LP
  • The band's only live album to date.
  • Contains a cover of "Minor Threat", originally written by the band with the same title.
2004 Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 Fat Wreck Chords CD
  • contribute the track "God Save The USA"
2005 Look at All the Love We Found Cornerstone RAS CD
2007 Our Impact Will Be Felt Abacus Recordings CD
  • Tribute album by various artists dedicated to Sick of It All.
  • contribute the track "My Life"

DVDs

Year Title Label Format Other information
1995 Home Movies Epitaph VHS/DVD
  • Originally released on VHS in 1995.
  • Released on DVD on November 9, 2004.

A Live DVD has been in the works since 2000 with the majority of the footage being recorded in Australia. The DVD is still in the works but there is no release date as of yet.

Singles

Year Title US
Alt.

[10]
NZ
[11]
Album
1993 "Homesick" Unknown Road
1994 "Tomorrow" Non-album single
1995 "Same Old Story" About Time
1997 "Society" Full Circle
1999 "Alien" 36 Straight Ahead
"Down Under" 47
2000 "Victim of Reality"
2001 "Fuck Authority" 38 Land of the Free?
"Divine Intervention"
2003 "Yesterdays" From the Ashes
"Waiting"
2004 "God Save the USA"
2005 "Disconnect" The Fuse
"Knocked Down"
2008 "The Western World" 22 Reason to Believe
"Die for You"
2009 "One Reason"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References

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