Randy (band)

Randy is a Swedish punk rock band from Hortlax, Sweden, formed in 1992. They were first inspired by skate punk bands like NOFX and Propagandhi but after the release of The Rest Is Silence and the departure of their bass player Patrik Trydvall, they radically changed their musical style and adopted an older sound reminiscent of Thin Lizzy, The Misfits and Ramones, heavily leaning on a fusion of garage punk and pop punk to form their new sound. Their first album after the transition in style, You Can't Keep a Good Band Down, earned praise from MaximumRockNRoll, which called it "the best melodic punk CD since Bad Religion's No Control."[1] After his departure, Patrik went on to contribute lead vocals in his now-disbanded punk rock group, Diefenbaker.[2][3]

OriginHortlax, Sweden
Years active1992–present
  • Fredrik Granberg
  • Johan Gustafsson
  • Stefan Granberg
  • Johan Brändström
Past membersPatrik Trydvall

While never achieving mainstream success, Randy have developed a cult following in the punk community over the years and were particularly successful in their homeland. They were particularly well-known for writing catchy songs with politically conscious messages, often broaching topics like income inequality, socialism, working-class revolutions throughout European history, and Karl Marx and Marxism.[4][5] The albums Welfare Problems and The Human Atom Bombs, both released after the band's transition to garage-influenced punk, are especially well regarded by punk fans and music critics.[5][6]

Randy were signed by Burning Heart Records, a sub-label of Epitaph Records, in the early 2000s. So far, they have released six studio albums. The latest album, Randy the Band, was released in January 2006 on Burning Heart and Fat Wreck Chords.[1]

Recognition and accoladesEdit

During the early to mid-2000s, music journalists often compared Randy to similar garage punk and garage rock bands, including fellow Swedish bands The Hives and The (International) Noise Conspiracy.[7][8][9] In a review of Randy's fifth album Welfare Problems, Chris O'Toole of the Bedlam Society identified Randy as "being the forefront of popularising the recent garage influenced Rock N' Roll revival." O'Toole also called Randy "one of the overshadowed acts" of that movement considering the relatively higher popularity of their peers.[8]

In 2002, Randy were invited to perform at Club Debaser in Stockholm to honor the memory of the recently-deceased Joe Strummer from The Clash. Other noteworthy bands and artists that performed at the event included Infinite Mass, Weeping Willows, and Dregen and Nicke Borg from Backyard Babies.[10]

In Sweden, Randy were nominated for the prestigious Golden Microphone award in 2004 for Best Live Act; they were nominated for the same by the independent Manifest Awards.[1] They were also nominated for a Swedish Grammy for Best Rock Performance.[4] In addition, their song "X-Ray Eyes," from Welfare Problems, received moderate airplay in Sweden.[1]

In July 2020, the band's song "The Exorcist," featured on You Can't Keep a Good Band Down, was featured on the BBC's flagship film podcast, Kermode & Mayo's Film Review."[11]


  • Fredrik Granberg - drums
  • Johan Gustafsson - bass, background vocals
  • Stefan Granberg - vocals, guitar
  • Johan Brändström - guitar, background vocals, some lead vocals

Former membersEdit

  • Patrik Trydvall - vocals, bass (1992–1997)


Full-length albumsEdit

EPs, singles and compilationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Prato, Greg. "Randy". Spotify. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  2. ^ "'Los Muertos' by Diefenbaker". Interpunk. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Diefenbaker - Discography - Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Randy – Tidal". Tidal. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b Greene, Jo-Ann (7 August 2001). "Randy - The Human Atom Bombs". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  6. ^ Loftus, Johnny (6 May 2003). "Randy - Welfare Problems". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  7. ^ Ferraz, Rob (1 July 2002). "Cheater by Randy". Exclaim. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  8. ^ a b O'Toole, Chris (17 February 2004). "Read a Great Review of the Latest Randy Album". Epitaph. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  9. ^ Gaston, Peter (6 January 2006). "Spotlight - Randy". Spin. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Joe Strummer Memorial Concert". It's a Trap!: Scandinavian Music Journal. 23 January 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Kermode & Mayo's film review 200724". BBC. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2020-07-30.

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