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"Pennywise" is an American punk rock band that was formed in 1988; the name comes from a Stephen King horror novel, ''It'', in which Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a monster.

All Pennywise studio albums have been released by Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. So far, the band often releases an album every two years.


In 1989, in the band's original incarnation, the band consisted of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitar), Byron McMackin (drums) and Jason Thirsk (bass). They released two EPs, ''Wildcard'' (1988) and ''A Word From the Wise'' (1989)

Each of the band members had played in other bands in the Hermosa Beach, California area and attended the same high school. The group signed to Epitaph Records in 1990 and released ''Pennywise'' in 1991; the album quickly spread throughout the punk community, earning the band some nation-wide recognition. Lyrics in the album endorsed a positive mental attitude, helping promote progressive ideals for Generation X. Lindberg left the band soon after the debut and Thirsk took his place on vocals, with Randy Bradbury taking Thirsk's place on bass. Lead singer of The Vandals...

years active 1988—present
country USA
music genre Punk rock
current members Jim Lindberg
Fletcher Dragge
Randy Bradbury
Byron McMackin
past members Jason Thirsk
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