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YMMV / The Offspring

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  • Contested Sequel: Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace is either one of the best albums they've done or one of their worst, depending on who you ask.
  • Critical Dissonance: Like a lot of punk bands.
  • Ear Worm: "Why Don't You Get a Job?", which is often compared to "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da".
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: A lot of fans don't like when they get lumped in with a lot of late 90s/early 2000s punk bands like blink-182 or Sum 41
  • Funny Moments:
    • The video for "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)".
    • And for that matter, the song itself.
    • "My friend's got a boyfriend and she hates that dick (and the guy!)"
    • The disclaimer titled "Disclaimer" from Ixnay On the Hombre. Said track opens the album, and is presented via an extra hammy and sarcastic Take That! to the RIAA, specifically, the Parental Advisory warnings. It needs to be heard to be believed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Check out the cover of Conspiracy of One. Look Familiar?
    • "She's Got Issues" sounds much funnier since the creation of Tumblr.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The subject of "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid".
  • Memetic Mutation: Thanks to "All I Want" being used as the main theme for Crazy Taxi, the "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!" lyric at the beginning has become one.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Quite a few of their songs. For a good example, "Hammerhead" is often assumed to be about soldiers in the Iraq war, but it's really about a delusional school shooter.
      • Justified with "Hammerhead", as the song starts out with lyrics that seem to be about someone fighting in a war, but at the end it's revealed that it's actually the delusional thoughts going through a school shooter's head. The lyrics at the end can be hard to understand if not following along with printed lyrics, so many don't realize the twist.
      • In the video, too, there's plenty of military imagery, ranging from stealth bombers and generals to the main character being a soldier. However, it all starts to look suspicious when the stealth bombers are small and flap their wings like birds while using their nosecones as beaks, the general is warped and presumably a pure hallucination, and the stacks of Humvees and dead soldiers looks suspiciously like a simple junkyard. By the end, the revelation that this career as a soldier is all in the guy's head is horrifyingly obvious.
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  • Moment of Awesome: In the video for "Dividing by Zero"/"Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell", the protagonist is a fighter pilot whose plane is downed. He survives by launching a missile and hanging on to a chain attached to its back end, continuing the battle (at one point letting go, running across the top of an enemy craft, dropping a live grenade into it and grabbing the chain again as it swings past), and tries to take out the enemy commander's flying fortress. He doesn't succeed, but still.
  • Nausea Fuel: The video for "Original Prankster" has the prankster kid making sandwiches with... a disgusting filling.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The video for "Hammerhead". Being very similar to Twisted Metal Black cutscenes just adds to it.
    • The Deranged Animation in "She's Got Issues" too.
    • "Beheaded" is about as prosaic as it gets for a Murder Ballad, in that there's no allegory or depth of meaning to the lyrics; it's about a guy who just likes chopping off people's heads, apparently gets a sexual thrill from it, and he wants the one on the listener's shoulders next. Sleep tight, kids!
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  • Paranoia Fuel: Several songs about conspiracies and "the man".
  • Retroactive Recognition: Their video for "She's Got Issues" was one of the first major acting roles for Zooey Deschanel
  • Sampled Up: "Gunter glieben glauchen globen" is from Def Leppard's song "Rock of Ages". But, if you're too young to remember it (or haven't known the song before), you'll most inevitably associate it with "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)".
  • Seasonal Rot: Everyone has a different opinion on when it started, but Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace and Days Go By were both less well-received than their 90s albums.
  • Sequel Displacement: The two albums before their mainstream debut Smash are usually ignored, even by the band itself. In fact, their 2005 Greatest Hits album didn't include so much as a single song off either one.
  • Signature Song: "Self-Esteem", "Come Out and Play", "All I Want" (especially amongst Crazy Taxi players), "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" are all contenders.
  • Song Association:
    • Play Crazy Taxi, and many Offspring songs will stick to your mind instantly. "Yah yah yah yah yah!" ("All I Want")
    • "Come Out and Play (Keep 'em Separated)" gets this effect being one of the on-disc songs in Rock Band 2
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Why Don't You Get a Job?" is a rather blatant soundalike of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by The Beatles.
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  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Many songs on Days Go By have been accused of ripping off Rise Against, especially "Turning Into You" (compared to "Ready to Fall") and "The Future Is Now" (compared to "Savior").
  • Wangst: "She's Got Issues" chews out the titular girl for this.


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