I remember using one of those "columbia house" type services back in the day, where you could call the hotline and hear clips of songs from different albums (anyone else remember doing this?? it seems forever ago). Anyway, I remember hearing these songs for the first time on that hotline. I requested the CD (one of those "12 CDs for Free" deals), and I've loved the album ever since.
I know that's not a very "punk" story about how I was introduced to Rancid...but just wanted to share it. I'll always remember the first time I heard these songs.
I got into Blink with one of those 12 for the price of 1 deals through BMG. It was 98, so I was like, 10, maybe 11, and wasn't allowed to listen to music with the "parental advisory" stickers, and I saw Dude Ranch, and it had huge bull balls and a song called "Dammit" and no sticker. So I got that. Funny story, I got Hanson's cd with MMMBop on it in the same order. Lol, but Blink took over as my favorite band from that moment forward.