The Offspring is a punk rock or alternative rock group from Orange County, California. Their music is a mixture of ska, grunge and heavy metal. Though the band has also been accused of going into mainstream punk. Their band popularized the hits “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)”,
“Why Don’t You Get a Job”, “She’s Got Issues”, “Self Esteem”, “Gotta Get Away” and “Come Out and Play”. The first three singles were from the 1998 album “Americana” while the last three were from the break-out album “Smash”.
Incidentally, “Smash” also set the record for the most number of sales (at eight million copies) by an independent label. “Smash” was produced by Bad Religion guitarist Bret Gurewitz under his outfit, Epitaph Records. From Epitaph, the band made a controversial move to Columbia Records where they recorded the albums “Ixnay on the Hombre” in 1997 and “Americana” in 1998.
The band is composed of Bryan “Dexter” Holland on vocals and rhythm guitar, Greg “Greg K” Kriesel on bass, Kevin “Noodle” Wasserman on lead and Atom Willard on drums. The band was founded by Holland and Kriesel in 1984 and together with Wasserman, formed “Manic Subcidal”. It was only in 1987 when they had their name changed to “The Offspring” with then drummer James Lilja.
In 2000, the band released the album “Conspiracy of One” under Columbia Records and wanted to have the entire album downloadable on the internet to show their support for it.
However, this was not allowed by Columbia. MP3s of The Offspring’s “Self Esteem”, as well as other hits such a “Pretty Fly (for a white guy)”, etc are currently available on the net. These can either be downloaded for free with servers such as lime wire or it can also be downloaded for a fee for premium services.