“Self-Esteem” by The Offspring is the second single released from the 1994 hit album appropriately named “Smash”. This album, considered by many to be the band’s greatest achievement has sold eight million copies and has set the record for the highest sales form an independent label. “Smash” is produced by Epitaph Records owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz.
However, this was not the band’s first album. It is believed that their first recorded album was “The Offspring” produced by Thom Wilson in 1989. Followed by “Ignition” which was released by Epitaph Records in 1991.
This was shortly followed by a tour that covered the span of two years. The band from Orange County, California went on tour with bigger-named artists such as No Doubt, Pennywise and Voodoo Glow Skulls.
The album’s success is primarily attributed to the hit singles “Gotta Get Away”, “Self-Esteem” and “Come Out and Play”.
The band is led by Bryan “Dexter” Holland on vocals and rhythm guitar, Greg Kriesel or Greg K on bass guitar, Kevin Wasserman or “Noodle” on lead guitar and Atom Willard on drums. They are primarily considered a punk rock or alternative rock group and cites their main influences as Bad Religion, Social Distortion, TSOL and Circle Jerks.
“Self Esteem” by The Offspring’s success may have been brought about by its straight and uncomplicated words, both served as a means to get the thought across in a direct manner.
It speaks of holding on to a dysfunctional relationship and being fully aware that one is being used but at the same time, the abused partner is weakened by a low self-esteem that effectively traps him in that relationship.