Offspring’s “Self-Esteem” is the second single from the punk band from Orange County’s third record “Smash” which was released in 1994.
Prior to this, the band, composed of Bryan “Dexter” Holland (vocals), Greg K (bass guitar) and Kevin Wasserman , also called “Noodle” (lead guitar) called themselves “Manic Subcidal”. They first started out as a band in 1984 and has gone through many drummers until they have settled with Atom Willard.
Under the band “Manic Subcidal”, they have released the song “Hopeless” and was part of a compilation album released by Mystic Records. From there, they changed their names into what we now know as “The Offspring” where they have released the single “7” Blackball/I’ll be Waiting” released under Black Label.
In 1991, they have produced the single “Baghdad” produced under Epitaph Records. The following year, they have recorded “Ignition” which has drawn attention to the band and what has started to put them on tour.
But their success really came after the landmark album “Smash”. The album was fueled by the hit singles “Come out and Play”, “Gotta Get Away” and “Self-Esteem”. The record sold a total of eight million copies.
Offspring’s “Self-Esteem” speaks of being stuck in an emotionally abusive relationship. It is about a man loving his partner who does not love him back and he has full knowledge of this but his low self-esteem prevents him from letting go. It is about settling for less than what one deserves because of a low self-perception.
However, according to the band, this song is not based on personal recount as many fans believe.