Tim Armstrong / Rancid
Punk stalwart Tim Armstrong is best known as the singer/guitarist for massively influential ska punk bands Operation Ivy and Rancid, as well as hip hop/punk rock supergroup the Transplants.
Armstrong co-founded Hellcat Records with Brett Gurewitz in 1997, and has championed dozens of ska, punk, psychobilly and hardcore artists over the years since.
Armstrong is also a highly sought after songwriter (Pink, Joe Walsh, Gwen Stefani) and accomplished producer, even sharing a Grammy Award with Jimmy Cliff for his songwriting, performing and producing contributions on Cliff’s 2012 “best reggae album” Rebirth.
The Gretsch signature artist also performs in psychobilly band Devils Brigade with Rancid bandmate Matt Freeman, and regularly releases stripped-down cover songs of his own work under the name Tim Timebomb.
Armstrong co-wrote eight songs with Pink on her 2003 album Try This, including smash hit “Trouble.” Armstrong had originally written “Trouble” for Rancid’s 2003 album, Indestructible, but it didn’t make the final tracklist. Armstrong and Pink partially re-wrote the song for her album, and Armstrong would also record it himself in 2012 as part of his Tim Timebomb project.
Armstrong guest starred in a 2016 episode of The X-Files, playing a street artist named Trashman.