->''Now I know I'm being used,\\
That's okay, man, 'cause I like the abuse,\\
I know she's playing with me,\\
That's okay 'cause I got no self esteem.''
-->-- "Self Esteem"

The Offspring is a popular PunkRock 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 Music/GreenDay 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|Punk}}, {{grunge}}, [[HeavyMetal metal]] and {{ska}}. Lyrical topics are very wide-ranging; one of their most famous songs, "Self Esteem", is about a personal relationship involving an ExtremeDoormat LoveMartyr, 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, NerdGlasses) 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 Music/AngelsAndAirwaves) 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.

* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum The Offspring]]'' (1989)
** "I'll Be Waiting/Blackball"
* ''Ignition'' (1992)
** "Kick Him When He's Down"
* ''Smash'' (1994)
** "Come Out and Play"
** "Self Esteem"
** "Gotta Get Away"
** "Bad Habit"
* ''Ixnay on the Hombre'' (1997)
** [[VideoGame/CrazyTaxi "All I Want"]]
** "Gone Away"
** "Cool to Hate"
** "The Meaning of Life"
** "I Choose"
* ''Americana'' (1998)
** "[[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)]]"
** "Why Don't You Get a Job?"
** "The Kids Aren't Alright"
** "She's Got Issues"
* ''Conspiracy of One'' (2000)
** "Original Prankster"
** "Want You Bad"
** "Million Miles Away"
* ''Splinter'' (2003)
** "Hit That"
** "(Can't Get My) Head Around You"
** "Spare Me the Details"
* ''{{Greatest Hits|Album}}'' (2005)
** "Can't Repeat"
** "Next to You" (Music/ThePolice cover)
* ''Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace'' (2008)
** "Hammerhead"
** "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"
** "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?"
** "Half-Truism"
* ''Days Go By'' (2012)
** "Days Go By"
** "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)"
** "Turning Into You"

!!'''''Come Out and Trope''''':
* AdmiringTheAbomination: The singer of "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" seems to be admiring the handiwork of a MagnificentBastard manipulating people with his music, even while he himself is falling victim to that handiwork.
* AGodAmI: The narrator of "Bad Habit" is so AxCrazy he says this in the bridge ("Something's odd, I feel like I'm God"), right before the famous PrecisionFStrike.
* AlbumTitleDrop: Present in several albums, but {{inverted|Trope}} in ''Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace'' - the title was taken from the title of one song and the second line of another ("Fix You").
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Want You Bad" is a GenderFlip, as the narrator wants a bad girl.
* AtomicFBomb: In "Americana".
--> I'm a product
--> Of my environment
--> So don't blame me, I just... work here but I want to FUCK YOOOOOOU!!!!!!
** The way "Session" begins: "Aaaaaaah FUCK! FUCK, FUCK, FUCK!!!"
* AxCrazy: "Bad Habit" and "Special Delivery". The latter's chorus includes the line "And [[HearingVoices the voices]] told me to blow you away!".
%%** Don't forget "Beheaded".%%ZCE
* BigWordShout: "MOTA!" (done by the same guy who did "You gotta keep 'em separated!")
* BlackComedyRape: "When You're In Prison".
* BodyHorror: The video for "The Kids Aren't Alright" transitions between characters by having them coming out of the previous person's body.
* BreatherEpisode: ''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.
* CensoredTitle: "Stuff is Messed Up". The chorus line is actually "shit is fucked up".
%%* TheChessmaster: "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"%%ZCE
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ''Kill the President'' from their 1989 debut album provides a rare song example, having all but vanished from their discography due to their record label not liking the content of the song. It is conspicuously absent from the track listing on all streaming services, not present on recent physical re-releases of the album, and has not been performed live since 1991.
* ClusterFBomb: A lot. ''Conspiracy of One'' became notable since it was their first album to lack an F-bomb. (Except on editions with the bonus track "Huck It". It also manages a "you know it smells like shit, goddamn" in "Original Prankster".)
** Also "Bad Habit", which includes the gem "You stupid, dumbshit, goddamn [[BigWordShout MOTHERFUCKER]]!"
** "Ignition" literally starts with one.
** In "Americana", with the line "distorted in Americana, my way... well, FUCK YOU!"
** "Da Hui" is just one big ClusterFBomb:
---> I won't fuck with Da Hui!
---> I won't fuck with Da Hui!
---> I won't fuck with Da Hui!
---> Because Da Hui will fuck with me!
---> ...
---> Don't fuck with Da Hui!
---> Don't fuck with Da Hui!
---> Don't fuck with Da Hui!
---> Because Da Hui will fuck with you!
*** Crowned with a lapse into ArsonMurderAndJaywalking territory:
----> I won't park next to Da Hui!
----> Because I don't really feel comfortable.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Americana'' is about the degradation of America. Meanwhile, ''Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace'' is often interpreted as the journey of a school shooter (though only one song is clearly about that).
* {{Content Warning|s}}: ''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!
** Done by Jello Biafra of the Music/DeadKennedys, no less.
* ContinuityNod: 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 ContinuityNod back to "You're Gonna Go Far Kid" from ''Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace'' and a ShoutOut to "The Roof Is On Fire" by Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three.
* CorruptTheCutie: "Want You Bad".
* CoverVersion: "Killboy Powerhead" by The Didjits, on ''Smash'', and "Next to You" by Music/ThePolice in the GreatestHitsAlbum (as a HiddenTrack). As well as a crapton of random covers on their singles albums and rare [=EPs=]. Additionally, "Feelings" from ''Americana'' is a parodic cover of Morris Albert, with [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning lyrics rewritten to be about hatred instead of love]].
** Also, "I Wanna Be Sedated" on Music/TheRamones tribute album ''We're a Happy Family'', for which it was one of the leading singles.
* CreepyChild: The children in the "Hammerhead" video.
* CrushKillDestroy: On the original version of their 1989 debut album, the final track was called ''Kill the President''. It has been removed on reissues of the album post-9/11 due to the band being threatened with legal action by the US government if they didn't. Luckily, copies of the album with this track are widely available second hand due to the band's massive popularity in TheNineties.
** Three years later, in 1992, the band made one of their first television appearances on KDOC-TV's ''Hot Seat with Wally George'', hosted by the ultra Conservative radio and television personality himself. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToERzTM-FNU Wally proceeded to call the band "TOTALLY disgraceful", and their album "ludicrous", and then proceeded to destroy it, making only 4,999 vinyl copies left. He then ended the segment, by kicking the band out of his show, hardly giving them any chance to talk. It was one of THE shortest segments in the history of the show.]]
* DerangedAnimation: the video for "She's Got Issues", which features Creator/ZooeyDeschanel in one of her earliest roles.
** Also, the heads of the characters (the dog included) in the video for "Hit That".
** Parts of the video for "Dividing By Zero", but practically ''all'' of "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell" (the two songs share a single video, but there's a drastic ArtShift between the two).
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The girl's movements with a beer can at the end of the "Want You Bad" video, and the guy's reaction. Doesn't help that she ends up covered in white from the [[DoubleEntendre eruption]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: The narrator of "Bad Habit" insists that he's perfectly alright in the head ([[UnreliableNarrator though he's waving a gun around as he says it...]]), but when he's behind the wheel, bad or inconsiderate drivers [[BerserkButton push about every]] [[AxCrazy button he has]]. (Dexter [[http://books.google.com/books?id=3R7GZ8ghL8wC&pg=PA90 said]] he was inspired by [[TheAllegedCar his old car that struggled to accelerate]], [[MyCarHatesMe and thus]] made him get "[[FlippingTheBird flipped up]] about once or twice a week")
* DrugsAreBad: "Mota" which is about a day in a stoner's life (the title is Mexican Spanish for "weed"), and "What Happened to You?", which is about a friend who is trying to get his friend to quit.
** One of the characters in "The Kids Aren't Alright" is a junkhead as well:
--> Mark still lives at home 'cause he's got no job\\
Just plays guitar and smokes a lot of pot
* EpicRocking: "Pay the Man", which runs 8 minutes and 9 seconds, and then has some silence and a hidden track.
* EveryoneHatesMimes: The music video for "Coming for You" has a whole gaggle of clowns fighting each other, but when a mime crashes the fight club, they all gang up on him. Unfortunately, the mime wins this round.
* ExtremeDoormat: "Self Esteem" is about one of these.
* FangsAreEvil: The dogcatcher in the music video for "Hit That"
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Have You Ever" > "Staring at the Sun", "Never Gonna Find Me" > "Lightning Rod", "The Future is Now" > "Secrets from the Underground" and "Dividing by Zero" > "Slim Pickens Rides the Bomb to Hell."
* FarmBoy: The video for "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" starts out with the protagonist struggling to farm an overgrown patch of land choked with brambles before he's given the magical guitar.
* FlamingSkulls: The band's logo.
* TheFourChordsOfPop: Uses it very frequently. "Self-Esteem", "Gotta Get Away", "All I Want", "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "You're Gonna Go Far Kid" is just a partial list. This also leads to a bit of SelfPlagiarism.
* [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Get A Hold of Yourself, Woman]]: "She's Got Issues", given it deals with a particularly {{Wangst}}y one. [[invoked]]
* GoldDigger: "Why Don't You Get a Job?" is a scathing critique of these.
* GoshDangItToHeck: "Stuff Is Messed Up". Naturally, it's averted in the song, where the line "shit is fucked up" is meant to be the ''actual'' TitleDrop.
* GratuitousSpanish: "Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, cinco, seis!" ("Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)")
** Also, in "Why Don't You Get A Job":
--->But she wants more ''dinero'' just to stay at home...
** In "OC Guns":
---> You ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking hijo de puta, pendejo, cabron]]''!
*** Which is also a Profanity bonus because it translates to "you son of a bitch, asshole!"
*** Later, they say "dios", which means God.
* GriefSong: "Gone Away"
* GrowingUpSucks: "The Kids Aren't Alright", which follows a group of friends with bright futures and how crappy their lives has turned out.
* HarshVocals: Dexter Holland more or less [[MetalScream shouts at the top of his lungs]] 24/7.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Implied in ''Half-Truism'', which is about a revolution/riot.
--> The banner you're waving
--> Is burning and red
--> It's blocking the sunlight
--> That shines overhead
* HiddenDepths: Dr. Bryan Holland is known as "Dexter" because of his Ph.D. in molecular biology. He is also a certified commercial pilot and flight instructor, and runs a hot sauce business called Gringo Bandito. Lampshaded in "Questions with Dexter and Noodles"
--> Noodles watches porn and surfs!
* IAteWhat: From "Don't Pick It Up":
--> I saw a little kid
--> As he walked around
--> He picked a candy bar up
--> Off the ground
--> He chowed about a half
--> And his face [[BlueWithShock turned blue]]
--> Turned out that candy bar was a [[{{Squick}} doggy-doo]]
** Also shown in the video of "Original Prankster", where the main character picks up some dog's crap and slips it into his dad's sandwich. The prank works.
* LaserGuidedKarma: When the farm boy in the music video for "You're Gonna Go Far Kid" misuses the magic guitar he was given, the goddess who gave it to him uses it to force him to dance to death.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Americana'', being released after the more skate punk-influenced ''Ixnay On The Hombre'', especially with its inclusion of radio rock staple "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)".
* LikeFatherLikeSon / GenerationXerox: "Way Down the Line" is entirely about this.
-->Nothing changes 'cause it's all the same
-->The world you get's the one you give away
-->It all just happens again way down the line
-->And all the things you learn when you're a kid
-->You'll fuck up just like your parents did
-->It all just happens again way down the line
* LongRunnerLineUp: The lineup of Dexter Holland, Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman, Gregory "Greg K." Kriesel, and Ron Welty lasted from 1987 (when Welty joined) until 2003 (when he quit)--16 years.
* LongTitle: "Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell", the last track off ''Days Go By''.
* LoveMartyr: "Self Esteem" again.
* LyricalDissonance: Since The Offspring are a punk band, a good many of their songs are very fast. They also cover topics like violence, death, and social problems, fast or slow.
** "Why Don't You Get a Job?" is an excellent example of this: a rather happy song about people annoyed by their mooching girl/boyfriends.
** "Self Esteem" is more upbeat than the somber first single "Come Out and Play", and it has lyrics about an extreme LoveMartyr.
** "The End of the Line" is a fast pop-punk song complete with "whoah-whoah" chorus, so naturally it's about the death of a loved one.
* ManipulativeBastard: The driving point in "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Crosses over with MagnificentBastard.
* TheMasochismTango: According to the narrator in "Self Esteem":
--> Now I know I'm being used
--> That's okay, man, 'cause I like the abuse
--> And I know she's playing with me
--> That's okay, 'cause I got no self esteem
** "Want You Bad" is another example.
* MotorMouth: The bridge in "Stuff is Messed Up":
-->Shopping sprees, [=RPGs=], ecstasy, atrophy\\
Genocide, ''Series/PimpMyRide'', politize, euphemize\\
Injustice everywhere, apathy, I don't care\\
Hurricanes, climate change, huh!\\
Therapy, I won't tell, rehab and {{L|eetLingo}}OL\\
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.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually range from 4 to 7 ("Kristy, Are You Doing OK?" is arguably a 3).
** 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).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG_WD84_kvg Kill The President]] is a solid 8. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UekqD2eQJ0o Beheaded]] may have been a 9 due to the brutal lyrics, however the song slows down considerably halfway through, keeping it at this level.
** MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Given their gentler songs are usually pessimistic, and everything else is either sarcastic or furious, their lowest is 3, and the nastier stuff such as "Beheaded" can reach a 9.
%%* MurderIsTheBestSolution: "Hammerhead".%%ZCE
* MurderBallad: "Beheaded" is about a SelfMadeOrphan singing about how he killed his parents.
* NerdGlasses: Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman always wears them.
%%* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: "Nothingtown".ZCE
* NWordPrivileges: Despite not technically having them, they get away with this in "LAPD", though to be fair, [[NotWhatItLooksLike context is very important]]. The [[PoliceBrutality Rodney King incident and subsequent LA riots]] were very recent at the time the album was released, and the song is basically a very angry TakeThat against the titular police force.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: "Disclaimer".
* OutOfGenreExperience: "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" is their mocking version of a pop song (and it was the second single of ''Days Go By'', a jarring change from the more traditional TitleTrack).
* PigLatin: ''Ixnay on the [[GratuitousSpanish Hombre]]'' (as Dexter explained: "fuck TheMan").
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: The {{Trope Namer|s}}: the song revolves around a white middle class suburban wannabe gangster rapper who thinks his clothes, his tunes, his car and tats are dope. They are, as in whack, picture a send up of Music/{{Eminem}}.
* ProductPlacement: In the music video for "Defy You", during the instrumental bridge, Dexter goes out to the store and buys what appears to be Dasani brand mineral water before returning to where his band is performing.
* PrisonRape: "When You're In Prison".
* QuestioningTitle: "Why Don't You Have a Job?" (along with "She's Got Issues", parodying the {{crawl}}s seen in many a TalkShowWithFists) and "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?"
* RapeAsDrama: The meaning behind "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?". Dexter states this song is about a girl he knew who was raped in her early teens and no one was there for her.
%%* RemonstratingWithAGun: "Bad Habit".%%ZCE
* RepurposedPopSong: ESPN uses "All I Want" and "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" in adverts for their college basketball coverage.
** Of course "All I Want" and other tracks were also famously on the soundtrack for the original ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' and its sequel.
* RereleaseTheSong: A re-recorded version of "Dirty Magic" on ''Days Go By'', which originally appeared on 1992's ''Ignition''.
* RidingTheBomb: Obviously referenced in "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell", and appears in the music video, where a fighter pilot in an aerial battle surfs behind a bomb after his plane is shot down.
* SarcasmMode: Most often.
** A great example is in the song "Stuff is Messed Up": "Now thank god for the media/for saving the day/putting it all into perspective/in a responsible way"
** "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" basically describes a man wanting to get laid as a parody of the society's norm for pop songs.
* SchoolOfHardKnocks: "Come Out and Play"
* SexIsCool: "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" as a part of it's parody on recent pop music.
* ShatteredSanity: Many songs deal with someone losing their mind, many times becoming AxCrazy as well.
* ShoutOut: "The Kids Aren't Alright" references the song "The Kids Are Alright" by Music/TheWho and more or less presents the exact opposite message of that song.
** "Stuff Is Messed Up" has one to Music/TheClash: "Now we're rocking the casbah, and taking the flag".
** "Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell" is an obvious ShoutOut to ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
** "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" references Literature/LordOfTheFlies.
** "Pretty Fly For A White Guy" [[{{Sampling}} borrows the faux-German vocal]] intro from [[Music/DefLeppard Rock of Ages]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Leans ''very'' heavily towards the "Cynical" side, which makes a song like "Cool To Hate"[[note]]a song that ''pokes fun at'' extreme cynicism[[/note]] all the more ironic.
* SophisticatedAsHell: "When You're In Prison"
* StageNames: 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).
* StalkerWithACrush: "Special Delivery".
* StepfordSuburbia: "The Kids Aren't Alright". Most of its album, ''Americana'', also fits.
* StuffBlowingUp: The video of "Want You Bad", where everything blows up in bubbles.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" It has to be, given the subject.
* TakeThat: "LAPD" is one against, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you know]].
* TeensAreMonsters: 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 off to prison ("Slap on the wrist -- ell, not this time!").
* TeenPregnancy: "Hit That", with lyrics specifically mentioning "baby daddy" and "baby mama".
%%** Also "I Wanna Secret Family (With You)".%%ZCE
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell".
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: 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".
* TitleTrack: "Smash", "Americana", "Conspiracy of One", "Rise and Fall" (Rage and Grace comes from a line in "Fix You"), "Days Go By".
* TomatoSurprise: "Hammerhead" [[spoiler: The lyrics make it sound like a Cop or a Soldier, but the last verse reveals it is a [[AxesAtSchool school shooter]].]] The song and video suggest that the shooter is delusional and believes himself to be a soldier.
* TooMuchInformation: "Spare Me the Details" is partially about not being told about his girlfriend cheating on him, and partially about how he ''especially'' doesn't want the amount of information about it he's getting.
-->''I don't wanna know...I don't wanna know...''
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: The armed gangs of schoolkids killing each other in "Come Out And Play" and all of "The Kids Aren't Alright."
%%* UnwantedSpouse: "Why Don't You Get a Job?"%%ZCE
* VillainSong: "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid", since it's about the actions of a ManipulativeBastard using his music to control people for personal gain and taking from those in need.
%%* YouGotMurder: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECnF3J8isL4 Special Delivery]]"%%ZCE
* YourCheatingHeart: "Spare Me the Details". It actually goes into details as to exactly what happened during that one sexual encounter...
--> Now I don't need to hear 'bout the sounds they were makin'
--> And I don't need to hear 'bout how long it was takin'
--> Or how the walls, they were shaking, [[TheImmodestOrgasm yeah, yeah, yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah...oh!]]
--> ...
--> And it drives me insane sittin' with that vision
--> Stuck with that image burned into my brain
--> And I feel so dumb, that I could ever trust her!
--> When someone else [[PrecisionFStrike fucked]] her, then he walked away!

-->''[[TheStinger You stupid dumbshit goddamn MOTHERFUCKER!]]''