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Summer Nationals - Single, The Offspring

The Offspring

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
1985 in Garden Grove, CA

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






The Offspring

Biography

The Offspring's metal-inflected punk became a popular sensation in 1994, selling over four million albums on an independent record label. While the group's credentials and approach follow the indie rock tradition of the '80s, sonically the Offspring sound more like an edgy, hard-driving heavy metal band, with their precise, pulsing power chords and Dexter Holland's flat vocals. Featuring Holland, guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman, bassist Greg Kriesel, and drummer Ron Welty, the Offspring released their self-titled debut album in 1989. Four years later, their second album, Ignition, became an underground hit, setting the stage for the across-the-board success of 1994's Smash. The Nirvana sound-alike "Come Out and Play," the first single from the album, became an MTV hit in the summer of 1994, which paved the way to radio success. . The Offspring's metal-inflected punk became a popular sensation in 1994, selling over four million albums on an independent record label. While the group's credentials and approach follow the indie rock tradition of the '80s, sonically the Offspring sound more like an edgy, hard-driving heavy metal band, with their precise, pulsing power chords and Dexter Holland's flat vocals. Featuring Holland, guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman, bassist Greg Kriesel, and drummer Ron Welty, the Offspring released their self-titled debut album in 1989. Four years later, their second album, Ignition, became an underground hit, setting the stage for the across-the-board success of 1994's Smash. The Nirvana sound-alike "Come Out and Play," the first single from the album, became an MTV hit in the summer of 1994, which paved the way to radio success.

The Offspring were played on both alternative and album rock stations, confirming their broad-based appeal. "Self Esteem," the second single, followed the same soft verse/loud chorus formula and stayed on the charts nearly twice as long as "Come Out and Play." The group got offers from major labels, yet chose to stay with Epitaph. While they were able to play arenas in the U.S., their success didn't translate in foreign countries. Nevertheless, the band's popularity continued to grow in America, as "Gotta Get Away" became another radio/MTV hit in the beginning of 1995. The Offspring recorded a version of the Damned's "Smash It Up" for the Batman Forever soundtrack in the summer of that year; it kept the group on the charts as the bandmembers worked on their third album.

Following a prolonged bidding war and much soul-searching, the Offspring decided to leave Epitaph Records in 1996 for Columbia Records. The move was particularly controversial within the punk community, and many artists on the Epitaph roster, including Pennywise and owner Brett Gurewitz, criticized the band. After much delay, the Offspring finally released their Columbia debut, Ixnay on the Hombre, in February of 1997. Expectations for the record were high and it did receive good reviews, but Ixnay on the Hombre failed to become a crossover hit on the level of Smash, and the group also lost a significant portion of its hardcore punk audience due to the album's major-label status. Americana followed in 1998, scoring the hit "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)." In mid-2000, the Offspring made controversial headlines with their decision to offer Conspiracy of One free of charge via the Internet prior to the initial November release date. Sony Music did not adhere to such a move and threatened a lawsuit; therefore, the band nixed plans to release the album in such a manner. Individual singles, however, were made available on the band's official website and other music-related sites such as MTV Online.

The Offspring returned in 2003 with Splinter. The album was released through Columbia, proving the band's flouting of the record biz hadn't soured the major labels. It also featured the single "Hit That," which returned to the smarmy, pop-referential feel of "Pretty Fly." The Offspring toured the world in support of Splinter, and in the process they hit nearly every continent at least once. They returned in June 2005 with a greatest-hits set; in addition to their major hits, it included the new track "Can't Repeat." In 2008, after several delays, the band returned with its first studio release in four-and-a-half years, releasing the highly anticipated Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. While touring for their latest effort, the Offspring set to work writing new material and recording when they could. After three years of work, their ninth album, Days Go By, arrived in the summer of 2012.

Top Albums

Summer Nationals - Single, The Offspring
1. Summer Natio..
Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, The Offspring
2. Rise and Fal..
Smash, The Offspring
3. Smash
Americana, The Offspring
4. Americana
Days Go By, The Offspring
5. Days Go By
Greatest Hits, The Offspring
6. Greatest Hit..
Ixnay on the Hombre, The Offspring
7. Ixnay on the..
Conspiracy of One, The Offspring
8. Conspiracy o..
Splinter, The Offspring
9. Splinter
Ignition, The Offspring
10. Ignition
Smash (Remastered), The Offspring
11. Smash (Remas..
The Offspring, The Offspring
12. The Offsprin..
Days Go By, The Offspring
13. Days Go By
Ignition (Remastered), The Offspring
14. Ignition (Re..
Splinter, The Offspring
15. Splinter
Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, The Offspring
16. Rise and Fal..
Days Go By - Single, The Offspring
17. Days Go By -..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
You're Gonna Go Far, KidRise and Fall, Rage and Gra..2:57$1.29
2.
Self EsteemSmash4:17$1.29
3.
Kids Aren't AlrightAmericana2:59$1.29
4.
Come Out and PlaySmash3:17$1.29
5.
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)Americana3:08$1.29
6.
Why Don't You Get a Job?Americana2:51$1.29
7.
Gone AwayIxnay on the Hombre4:27$1.29
8.
Gotta Get AwaySmash3:52$1.29
9.
Do What You WantSummer Nationals - Single1:09$0.99
10.
You're Gonna Go Far, KidRise and Fall, Rage and Gra..2:57$1.29
11.
Want You BadConspiracy of One3:22$1.29
12.
Bad HabitSmash3:43$1.29
13.
Half-TruismRise and Fall, Rage and Gra..3:25$0.99
14.
Gone AwayGreatest Hits4:27$1.29
15.
Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?Rise and Fall, Rage and Gra..3:41$0.99
16.
She's Got IssuesAmericana3:48$0.99
17.
Staring At the SunAmericana2:12$0.99
18.
Hit ThatSplinter2:48$0.99
19.
Days Go ByDays Go By4:01$1.29
20.
Future Is NowDays Go By4:08$1.29
21.
All I WantIxnay on the Hombre1:52$0.99
22.
Kids Aren't AlrightGreatest Hits2:59$1.29
23.
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)Greatest Hits3:08$1.29
24.
HammerheadRise and Fall, Rage and Gra..4:38$1.29
25.
Original PranksterConspiracy of One3:40$0.99

Top Music Videos

Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), The Offspring
1. Pretty Fly (F...
You're Gonna Go Far, Kid, The Offspring
2. You're Gonna ...
The Kids Aren't Alright, The Offspring
3. The Kids Aren...
Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?, The Offspring
4. Kristy, Are Y...
Gone Away, The Offspring
5. Gone Away
Self Esteem, The Offspring
6. Self Esteem
Come Out and Play, The Offspring
7. Come Out and ...
You're Gonna Go Far, Kid, The Offspring
8. You're Gonna ...
Hammerhead, The Offspring
9. Hammerhead
Want You Bad, The Offspring
10. Want You Bad
Gotta Get Away, The Offspring
11. Gotta Get Awa...
I Choose, The Offspring
12. I Choose
Da Hui, The Offspring
13. Da Hui
The Meaning of Life, The Offspring
14. The Meaning o...
Million Miles Away (Live), The Offspring
15. Million Miles...
Hit That, The Offspring
16. Hit That
Can't Repeat, The Offspring
17. Can't Repeat


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