The Offspring are a popular punk-rock band from Orange County, California. They formed in 1984 and released their first album, self-titled, in 1989. They have made nine albums in total. Credited along with Green Day and a few others with helping to bring punk rock into the mainstream. Their first two albums were indie punk and not very popular, but that all changed soon. Their 1994 album Smash was their biggest commercial success and remains the highest-selling album ever released on an independent label, having sold over 16 million copies.Their mostly punk music contains elements of pop, grunge, metal and ska. Lyrical topics are very wide-ranging; one of their most famous songs, "Self Esteem", is about a personal relationship involving an Extreme DoormatLove Martyr, but they also released a concept album dedicated to the degradation of America, for example.The band's constant members have been Bryan "Dexter" Holland (vocals, guitar), Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman (guitar, backing vocals, Nerd Glasses) and Gregory "Greg K." Kriesel (bass, backing vocals). Their best-known drummer was Ron Welty, who was in the band from 1987 to 2003. Afterwards they cycled through a few extra drummers (Josh Freese, Atom Willard of Rocket from the Crypt and Angels & Airwaves) before settling on Pete Parada (formerly of Saves the Day and Face to Face), who has been in the band since 2007. Amusingly, Wasserman was the janitor at Holland and Kriesel's high school, and he was initially brought into the band because he was 21 years old and could buy everybody else beer.Discography:
Album Title Drop: Present in several albums, but Inverted in the album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace - the title was taken from the title of one song and the second line of another ("Fix You"). "Days Go By" comes from the song of the same name.
Body Horror: The video for "The Kids Aren't Alright" transitions between characters by having them coming out of the previous person's body.
Breather Episode: Days Go By is fairly heavy, musically and thematically, but after tracks like "Hurting As One" and "Turning Into You" you get "Cruising California (Bumpin' in my Trunk)", a lighthearted jam about goofing around and trying to get laid in the band's hometown of Huntington Beach, CA.
Censored Title: "Stuff is Messed Up". The chorus line is actually "shit is fucked up".
Concept Album: Americana is about the degradation of America. Meanwhile, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace is often interpreted as the journey of a school shooter.
Content Warning: Ixnay on the Hombre begins with a particularly snarky one:
Ladiiiies and gentlemen, welcome to the disclaimer! That's right, the disclaimer! This American apple pie institution known as parental discretion will cleanse any sense of innuendo or sarcasm from the lyrics which might actually make you think, and will also insult your intelligence at the same time! So, protect your family! This album contains explicit depictions of things which are real! These real things are commonly known as "life"! So... if it sounds sarcastic, do not take it seriously! If it sounds dangerous, do not try this at home or at all! And if it offends you, just... don't... listen to it!
Continuity Nod: The chorus of "Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell" from Days Go By is "Dance fucker, dance, let the motherfucker burn!" which is both a Continuity Nod back to "You're Gonna Go Far Kid" from Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace and a Shout-Out to "The Roof Is On Fire" by Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three.
Hidden Depths: Dexter is a certified commercial pilot and flight instructor. He also is studying AIDS as part of a Molecular Biology course and runs a hot sauce business called Gringo Bandito. Lampshaded in "Questions with Dexter and Noodles"
Shopping sprees, RPGs, ecstasy, atrophy Genocide, Pimp My Ride, politize, euphemize Injustice everywhere, apathy, I don't care Hurricanes, climate change, huh! Therapy, I won't tell, rehab and LOL Worldwide calamity, TV reality Euthanize, supersize, death squads and boob jobs VIP infamy, gratify instantly
Dexter's no slouch elsewhere, either. He sings particularly quickly in All I Want and Don't Pick it Up, but a lot of the band's catalogue is quite fast.
It's difficult to rank The Offspring on this scale, because even their softer songs are offset by Dexter Holland's screaming and somewhat liberal use of profanity (witness "Why Don't You Get A Job?", for example).
Kill The President is a solid 8. Beheaded may have been a 9 due to the brutal lyrics, however the song slows down considerably halfway through, keeping it at this level.
Plagiarism: "Come Out and Play" caused the band some trouble in 1994 when Posh Boy Records owner Robbie Fields submitted a claim to Epitaph Records accusing them of having plagiarised the Arabian melody from Agent Orange's "Bloodstains" (a song Dexter Holland had previously admitted to being a big fan of, claiming it was the song that sparked his interest in Punk Rock). However, Epitaph rejected the claim, and Fields did not file a lawsuit to pursue the claim further. The Offspring's labelmates The Vandals mocked the accusations in the song "Aging Orange", and Frank Agnew of The Adolescents also criticised the claim as "real petty".
And as a bit of a kicker, The Offspring would later in fact cover "Bloodstains" for the Ready to Rumble soundtrack.
Stage Names: Dexter's first name is Bryan, Noodles is Kevin Wasserman, Gregory Kriesel shortens his name to Greg K... and one of the drummers was Atom Willard (who only played with the band in tours, not studio albums).
Stepford Suburbia: "The Kids Aren't Alright". Most of its album, Americana, also fits.
Stuff Blowing Up: The video of "Want You Bad", where everything blows up in bubbles.
Teens Are Monsters/Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: Several of their songs, most notably "Come Out And Play", which talks about gang violence ("You gotta keep'em separated") and "Walla Walla", which is about a young offender who's finally going away ("Slap on the wrist—not this time!")
Teen Pregnancy: "Hit That", with lyrics specifically mentioning "baby daddy" and "baby mama".
Three Chords and the Truth: They tend to get chewed out for recycling their chord progressions. Example: "Self Esteem" is only a half step off from "The Kids Aren't Alright", and the same as "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid".
Title Track: "Smash", "Americana", "Conspiracy of One", "Rise and Fall" (Rage and Grace comes from a line in "Fix You"), "Days Go By".
Tomato Surprise: "Hammerhead" The lyrics make it sound like a Cop or a Soldier, but the last verse reveals it is a school shooter. The song and video suggest that the shooter is delusional and believes himself to be a soldier.