The Offspring has been around for quite a long
time. From "Blackball" to "Original Prankster,"
they've done it all. Frontman Bryan Holland (Dexter)
has such a unique voice that will definitely knock your
socks off. Dexter's scratchy vocals are backed by Kevin
Wasserman (Noodles) on guitar, Greg Kriesel (Greg
K.) on the bass guitar, and Ron Welty on
drums. These four men have put out six house-shaking
albums that have just been getting better and better
as they go along... ...or is that worse?
Instead of writing a biography on the band, this is
just going to be basically an editorial, and a little
"review" for the Offspring.. so here we go.
The earlier stuff is just amazing. The very first song
I heard from these guys was Bad Habit, and I
immeidately fell in love with it and went and bought
the CD. This was about 6 years ago, by the way. That
CD, Smash, is still one of the best I own. After
that I went and bought Ignition which is also
an awesome album. Then came around Ixnay on the Hombre...
I never got around to buying this one, because I had
heard it and didn't like most of it. There are a few
songs off there that I do really like ("I Choose,"
"Gone Away," "All I Want") but
I just didn't dig the album as a whole. Then here comes
Americana. Ha... right. What a joke. I've got
two words to describe this album: SELL OUT!!!!!
With Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), they COMPLETELY
had sold out and changed styles. Sure, it's a catchy
song, and all the teeny-boppers walked around saying
"give it to me baby, uh huh, uh huh), but it was
just a complete sellout.... along with the rest of the
CD. In fact, Have You Ever sounds remarkably
similar to Dirty Magic from Ignition. Yeah, go
listen to it... it pissed me off, too. So after Americana,
I had lost all respect for the new Offspring. I still
love the old stuff, I just hated Americana. Now their
latest album, Conspiracy of One, is the same
way. I had hoped that they would redeem themselves and
go back to the old style of music, but they disappointed
me once again. Original Prankster is yet another
catchy teeny-bopper song.
Is there no escape? Will the Offspring continue to
sell out? Will the madness never end? Why can't they
just go back to the Smash and Ignition
days? At least we can hang on to our old memories of
those cherished albums...
(criticism, comments, and flames are welcomed. bring
it on... :)