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.