Mon July 1st, 2002
Land Of The Free? (2001)
Live At The Key Club (2000)
Straight Ahead (1999)
Full Circle (1997)
About Time (1995)
Unknown Road (1993)
Jim Lindberg (1988-Present), vocals
Fletcher Dragge (1988-Present), guitar
Byron McMackin (1988-Present), drums
Jason Thirsk (1988-1996), bass
Randy Bradbury (1996-Present), bass
Pennywise borrowed its name from the creepy clown that haunts the town of Derry, Maine in Stephen King’s IT. King most likely pulled the name from the old saying "pennywise and pound foolish," an British phase that, like "can’t see the forest for the trees," is used to describe a person so concerned with minutia that he or she misses the big picture.
The So-Cal punk outfit Pennywise formed in 1988 when Hermosa Beach high school pals Jim Lindberg, Fletcher Dragge, Byron McMackin and Jason Thirsk decided to merge their mutual interests in hard-core, board sports and politics. It only took the foursome a year to get its act together and record an indie EP called A Word From the Wise (Theologian). A copy of the EP quickly found its way to Epitaph Records head honcho Brett Gurewitz, who signed the group in 1990. In 1991, Pennywise made its album debut with a self-titled collection of songs that was quickly embraced by the punk/extreme sports community.

Within six months of Pennywise’s initial success, however, singer Lindberg left the band, dissatisfied with his bandmates’ lack of focus. Bassist Thirsk took over vocal duties and Randy Bradbury took his place on bass. By the end of 1992, however, Lindberg had a change of heart and rejoined the fold in time to shoulder the vocals on Pennywise’s second album, Unknown Road. Relentless touring and co-promotion with board sport companies boosted record sales and the band’s profile so that by the time it was ready to start work on a third album, major labels were lurking in the wings, ready to make Pennywise into the next punk rock-mainstream crossover success story a la Green Day and the Offspring.

Ultimately Pennywise opted to stand by its indie credo and stuck with Epitaph. About Time hit the streets in 1995 and the band hit its stride with live shows that made a splash with audiences everywhere — in some cases quite literally. Guitarist Dragge had cultivated the dubious art of projectile stage vomiting into crowds, as well as close range hits, once spraying “Loveline” radio host Dr. Drew and Los Angeles KROQ DJ (and former MTV “Headbangers Ball” host) Riki Rachtman.

Things in the Pennywise camp took a serious turn in the summer of 1996 when Thirsk elected to take some time off from the band in order to deal with his alcohol addiction. Bradbury once again stepped in to take his place while the band prepared to return to the studio and start work on its next album. Just when it seemed Thirsk was ready to return, he went on a deadly bender that ended with his suicide. His death was a heavy blow to his bandmates, yet they decided to soldier on with Bradbury now a permanent member.

In 2002, Lindberg participated in a benefit album project organized by Henry Rollins to raise funds for the legal defense of “The WM3” (three teens charged and convicted of an alleged satanic triple-murder in Memphis, Tennessee). The album features Rollins Band members backing various singers on covers of Black Flag classics. Lindberg contributed vocals on “Don’t Care.”
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