Rancid’s Rivington Street ‘Time Bomb’ Turns 25 [VIDEO]

Posted on: August 25th, 2020 at 5:04 am by

“Time Bomb” Music video, Photo: YouTube

This past Saturday marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the seminal Rancid album, …And Out Come the Wolves.

Given this milestone, we thought it appropriate to revisit the moment in time when the mohawks mingled with matzo on Rivington Street. Grab your black coat, white shoes, black hat (and Cadillac).

When Rancid dropped “Time Bomb” in 1995, Streit’s matzo factory was still going strong on the Lower East Side, and hyper-gentrification merely in its infancy. (The factory now operates in Orangeburg, New York.) The two unlikely bedfellows became linked when the band shot the music video on the block. There are several visual nods to Streit’s; and the interior shots were almost certainly filmed across the street, on the fourth floor of 155 Rivington Street (formerly Kickstarter HQ).

“Time Bomb” Music video, Photo: YouTube

However, it’s interesting to note the glaring absence of the former punk haven next door, ABC No Rio. Despite having played a gig here two years earlier (September 1993), the local punks weren’t too happy with the “rock stars” filming in the neighborhood. One commenter on the Flaming Pablum blog years ago shared this memory:

I have a funny story about the day they shot the “Time Bomb” video back in 1995. There was a big punk show going on at ABC No Rio headlined by the veteran UK crust punk band The Varukers along with several popular local bands, and the ABC punks were not very happy about the “rock stars” in Rancid filming in their neighborhood. The punks entertained themselves by messing with Rancid’s shoot, and Rancid responded by trying to get the NYPD to shut the show down!

Not very punk of them, especially when you consider that Rancid played a show at ABC back when they were starting out. If you watch the video you’ll notice that they show a lot of that block of Rivington but they very carefully made sure that ABC never appears. The irony is that if they needed some authentic looking punk extras there were loads of them across the street that day who would rather have broken their cameras. Fun times in 1995.

Nowadays, neither Streit’s nor ABC No Rio are on the block. Both structures were demolished – the former is luxury living while the latter is on a decade-plus journey to erect a “passive house.”

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