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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 Punk Rock band from Orange County, California formed in 1984. They are credited along with Green Day and a few other bands with helping to bring punk rock into the mainstream.

The band's first two albums, released around the turn of the '90s, were indie punk and not very popular. However, their third album, 1994's 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 sound is mostly punk but also 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 Doormat Love Martyr, but they also released a concept album dedicated to the degradation of America.

The band's constant members from 1985 to 2018 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 had been with the band from 2007–2021. 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.

In 2018, Holland and Noodles allegedly fired Greg K. from the band, causing him to file a lawsuit against them, leading to touring musician Todd Morse getting promoted to bassist. Joining the band in 2017 as the fifth member of the band is Jonah Nimoynote . Drummer Pete Parada was dismissed from the band in 2021 due to his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine, though Parada claimed he has medical reasons for it.note  Josh Freese then joined the band for their 2021-22 tour. Freese left to join the Foo Fighters in 2023, prompting the band to recruit Brandon Pertzborn as their drummer.


  • 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)
    • "All I Want"
    • "Gone Away"
    • "Cool to Hate"
    • "The Meaning of Life"
    • "I Choose"
  • Americana (1998)
  • 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 (2005)
  • 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"
    • "Dividing By Zero/Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell"
  • Let the Bad Times Roll (2021)
    • "Coming for You"note 
    • "Let the Bad Times Roll"
    • "We Never Have Sex Anymore"
    • "This is Not Utopia"
    • "Behind Your Walls"

Come Out and Trope:

  • Addiction Song: "Hypodermic" is about someone who is addicted to heroin. "What Happened to You?" laments someone who is in the grips of addiction. "The Opioid Diaries" is about someone who became addicted to prescription painkillers.
  • Admiring the Abomination: The singer of "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" seems to be admiring the handiwork of a Magnificent Bastard manipulating people with his music, even while he himself is falling victim to that handiwork.
  • A God Am I: The narrator of "Bad Habit" is so Ax-Crazy he says this in the interlude ("Something's odd, I feel like I'm God"), right before the famous Precision F-Strike.
  • Album Title Drop: Splinter has in "Long Way Home" the line "I'm splintered by my own desire". Inverted 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" - "she wakes up, rage and grace").
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Want You Bad" is a Gender Flip, as the narrator wants a bad girl.
  • Animated Music Video: "Hammerhead," "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid,""Dividing By Zero/Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell," and "Behind Your Walls"
  • Animals Fear Neutering: The music video for "Hit That" shows a dog being chased by its owner and a dogcatcher. The reason becomes clear when the dog is cornered as the dogcatcher approaches menacingly holding a pair of shears and the last shot has the owner walking his dog while the dog wears a Cone of Shame.
  • Anti-Police Song: "LAPD" was a direct response to the Rodney King case in 1992.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: In "Americana".
    I'm a product
    Of my environment
    So don't blame me, I just... work here but I want to FUCK IT UP!!!!!!
    • The way "Session" begins: "Aaaaaaah FUCK! FUCK, FUCK, FUCK!!!"
  • Audience Participation Song: The interlude of "Bad Habit" when performed live
  • Ax-Crazy: "Bad Habit" and "Special Delivery". The latter's chorus includes the line "And the voices told me to blow you away!".
  • Big Red Button: Dexter Holland press one labelled "Do not push" at the end of the "Why Don't You Get a Job?" music video. It promptly causes an explosion behind him and the band, this causes the entire crowd behind them to scatter in a panic.
  • Big Word Shout: "MOTA!" (done by the same guy who did "You gotta keep 'em separated!")
  • Black Comedy Rape: "When You're in Prison".
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Guy Cohen, who played the titular role in "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" music video makes a brief appearance as this character towards the end of "Why Don't You Get a Job?". Bob Eubanks, famous for his role in The Newlywed Game, makes an appearance in the same music video doing a parody of that series.
  • Censored Title: "Stuff Is Messed Up". The chorus line is actually "shit is fucked up".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: "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.
    • This also happened to Greg K. when he was kicked out of the band; his absence has still never been mentioned in any official capacity.note 
  • Christmas Song: In 2020 they recorded and released a cover of Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: 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 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 Cluster F-Bomb:
      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!
  • 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 (though only one song is clearly about that).
  • 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.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: "Want You Bad".
  • Cover Version: "Killboy Powerhead" by The Didjits, on Smash, and "Next to You" by The Police in the Greatest Hits Album (as a Hidden Track). 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 lyrics rewritten to be about hatred instead of love.
  • Creepy Child: The children in the "Hammerhead" video.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The whole point of "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)", considering the titular white guy is obviously not fly at all.
  • Dancin' in the Ruins: "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell," obviously alluding to Dr. Strangelove.
  • Deranged Animation: the video for "She's Got Issues", which features Zooey Deschanel 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 Art Shift between the two).
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: 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 eruption.
  • Domestic Abuse: "Self Esteem" is about a man in an abusive relationship with a woman.
  • Drives Like Crazy: The narrator of "Bad Habit" insists that he's perfectly alright in the head (though he's waving a gun around as he says it...), but when he's behind the wheel, bad or inconsiderate drivers push about every button he has. (Dexter said he was inspired by his old car that struggled to accelerate, and thus made him get "flipped off about once or twice a week")
  • Drugs Are Bad: "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. "Hypodermic" is about a heroin addict. "The Opioid Diaries" addresses the opioid addiction crisis.note 
    • 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
  • Enemy Mine: The music video for "Coming for You" has a whole gaggle of clowns killing each other, but when a mime crashes the fight club, they all immediately stop to kill him instead. Unfortunately for them, the mime slaughters them all with finger guns and invisible walls.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: The Prelude to "Change The World"
  • Epic Rocking: "Pay the Man", which runs 8 minutes and 9 seconds (most of which is a Middle-Eastern Epic Instrumental Opener), and then has some silence and a hidden track.
  • Extreme Doormat: "Self Esteem" is about one of these.
  • Fangs Are Evil: The dogcatcher in the music video for "Hit That"
  • Fading into the Next Song: "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."
  • Fanservice:
  • Farm Boy: 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.
  • Flaming Skulls: The band's logo.
  • The Four Chords of Pop: 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 Self-Plagiarism.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: "She's Got Issues", given it deals with a particularly Wangsty one. invoked
  • Gold Digger: "Why Don't You Get a Job?" is a scathing critique of these kinds of people. The song is about a friend of the singer, who's "got a girlfriend and he hates that bitch" because he gives her all of his money, yet it never seems to be enough. In the last verse, the singer talks about another friend of his who's "got a boyfriend, man she hates that dick" for the same reason. In each case, the singer criticizes and insults the people who are using their partners for a free ride through life.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Stuff Is Messed Up". Naturally, it's averted in the song, where the line "shit is fucked up" is meant to be the actual Title Drop.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, cinco, seis!" ("Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)")
    • Also, in "Why Don't You Get A Job":
      But he wants more dinero just to stay at home!
    • In "OC Guns":
      • Which is also a Profanity bonus because it translates to "you son of a bitch, asshole!"
      • Later, they say "dios", which means God.
  • Grief Song: "Gone Away," "The End of the Line," and "Breaking These Bones"
  • Growing Up Sucks: "The Kids Aren't Alright", which follows a group of friends with bright futures and how crappy their lives has turned out.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: "The Worst Hangover Ever". The narrator even says he'll never drink again... at least until next weekend.
  • Harsh Vocals: Dexter Holland more or less shouts at the top of his lungs 24/7.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: 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
  • Hidden Depths: Dr. Bryan "Dexter" Holland has a 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!
  • Hidden Track: Americana has a mariachi instrumental of "Pretty Fly", and Greatest Hits has a cover of "Next to You".
  • History Repeats: The whole point of "Way Down the Line".
  • I Ate WHAT?!: 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 turned blue
    Turned out that candy bar was a 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: 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)".
  • Like Father, Like Son/Generation Xerox: "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
  • Living Is More than Surviving: "Staring at the Sun":
    When I ran I didn't feel like a runaway
    When I escaped I didn't feel like I got away
    There's more to living than only surviving
    Maybe I'm not there, but I'm still trying
  • Long-Runner Line-up: 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. Once Welty's second replacement Pete Parada joined in 2007, the band only changed with Greg K.'s departure in 2018.
  • Love Martyr: "Self Esteem" again.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Why Don't You Get A Job?"
    My friend's got a girlfriend/Man, he hates that bitch!
  • Lyrical Dissonance: 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 a rather happy and uptempo song about people annoyed by their mooching girlfriends or boyfriends.
    • "Self Esteem" is more upbeat than the somber first single "Come Out and Play", and it has lyrics about an extreme Love Martyr.
    • "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.
    • "The Kids Aren't Alright" is an fast and upbeat track about the shattered lives of a few kids in Stepford Suburbia.
  • Lyrical Tic: Dexter really loves his "woah" and "yeah", double in the choruses or intros.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The driving point in "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Crosses over with Magnificent Bastard.
  • The Masochism Tango: 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.
  • Motor Mouth: The bridge in "Stuff is Messed Up":
    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.
  • Miniscule Rocking: The albums between Smash and Splinter open with a short intro, often spoken. The last one, "Neocon", at least resembles a song.
  • Mood Whiplash: The two heartfelt\depressing songs of Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace ("Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" and "Fix You") are placed between some of the most aggressive and snarky tunes. The Greatest Hits Album is also guilty, given "Gone Away" is even more of a downer preceded by "All I Want" and followed by "Pretty Fly".
  • Murder Ballad: "Beheaded" is about a Self-Made Orphan singing about how he killed his parents.
  • Nerd Glasses: Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman always wears them.
  • N-Word Privileges: Despite not technically having them, they get away with this in "LAPD", though to be fair, context is very important. The 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 Take That! against the titular police force.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: "Disclaimer".
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: "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 Title Track).
    • "Dirty Magic" is a The Cure-esque Post-Punk song. This applies to both versions, but is particularly jarring on Ignition, where the rest of the songs were Skate Punk.
    • "When You're in Prison" is a 40s crooner ballad (complete with crackling vinyl noises) comedic take on a swing song from the 40s about Prison Rape.
  • Painful Rhyme: "Self Esteem" has...several. Especially...
    But she came over, I lost my nerve
    I took her back and made her dessert
    • Plus "free"/"dreams" on "The Kids Aren't Alright".
  • Pig Latin: Ixnay on the Hombre (as Dexter explained: "fuck The Man").
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: The Trope Namer: 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 Eminem.
  • Produce Pelting: Given the Woodstock 99 crowd was angry at how things were going wrong in that festival, the band's concert was marked by flying water bottles. And yet Dexter remained cool even being hit in his face!
  • Product Placement: 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.
  • Prison Rape: "When You're in Prison".
  • Questioning Title?: "What Happened to You?," "Why Don't You Get a Job?" (along with "She's Got Issues", parodying the crawls seen in many a Point-and-Laugh Show) and "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?"
  • Rape as Drama: 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.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: A musical example near the climax of "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"
    "Drum! *click* Stick! *click* Segue! *click*"
  • Repurposed Pop Song: 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 Crazy Taxi and its sequel.
  • Re-release the Song:
    • A re-recorded version of "Dirty Magic" on Days Go By, which originally appeared on 1992's Ignition.
    • "Gone Away" was re-recorded as a piano ballad on Let the Bad Times Roll.
  • Riding the Bomb: 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.
  • Sarcasm Mode: 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.
  • School of Hard Knocks: "Come Out and Play"
  • Sex Is Cool: "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" as a part of it's parody on recent pop music.
  • Shattered Sanity: Many songs deal with someone losing their mind, many times becoming Ax-Crazy as well.
  • Shout-Out: "The Kids Aren't Alright" references the song "The Kids Are Alright" by The Who and more or less presents the exact opposite message of that song.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Leans very heavily towards the "Cynical" side, which makes a song like "Cool to Hate"note  all the more ironic.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: "When You're In Prison"
  • 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).
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Special Delivery".
  • 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.
    • Caused by a Big Red Button that Dexter Holland pushes at the end of the "Why Don't You Get a Job?" music video.
  • Suddenly Shouting: "Hammerhead". Up until the point while the song seems like it's about a soldier, Dexter sings with a relatively normal voice. But the moment, when true nature of the song is revealed, he starts yelling like a maniac.
    I'm busting through, all hell breaks loose
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" It has to be, given the subject.
  • Take That!: "LAPD" is one against, well, you know.
  • Teens Are Monsters: 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 — well, not this time!").
  • Teen Pregnancy:
    • "Hit That", with lyrics specifically mentioning "baby daddy" and "baby mama".
    • The second verse of "Way Down the Line" deals with a 17-year-old girl who is dealing with a pregnancy and absentee baby daddy, much like her mom did at the same age.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell".
  • 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", and "Let the Bad Times Roll".
  • 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 surreal imagery in the video enhance the suggestion that the shooter is delusional.
  • Too Much Information: "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...
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The armed gangs of schoolkids killing each other in "Come Out And Play".
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Possibly the most profane one in music history at the climax of "Americana", when Dexter's final scream of "Well fuck you!" rises to a new level of fury.
  • Villain Song: "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid", since it's about the actions of a Manipulative Bastard using his music to control people for personal gain and taking from those in need.
  • Wrong-Name Outburst: A whole verse of "She's Got Issues" (and the latter one can be interpreted as something horrible):
    Now, she talks about her ex non-stop, but I don't mind.
    But when she calls out his name in bed, that's where I draw the line.
    She told me a hundred times how her father left and he's gone.
    But I wish you wouldn't call me "Daddy" when we're getting it on.