Look, we’ll get back to the heavy metal shortly, but a cool band is a cool band – and The Offspring have been a cool band for over 35 years. With their punk-tinged rock hits, catchy hooks, and covering topics like relationships, politics, and everything in between, The Offspring produced some of the most iconic hits of the 90s and 00s.
Songs like Self Esteem and Come Out and Play were – and remain – monster hits of the 90s, and are among some of the most recognisable rock songs in a period famous for the amount of rock hits produced. Those punk rhythms, with Dexter Holland’s instantly recognisable vocals, were a recipe for true classics.
When Americana was released in 1998, we were given another handful of undeniable punk rock classics – iconic songs like Why Don’t You Get A Job?, The Kids Aren’t Alright, and of course, love it or hate it, Pretty Fly (For A White Guy). These songs grabbed the attention of another generation of kids, and shot The Offspring to even more success.
Talking about The Offspring’s most iconic songs though (of which there are a ridiculous amount), I’d be remiss if I didn’t jump back to 1997 and talk about a track, I think, is objectively one of the greatest rock songs every written – certainly the greatest dealing with loss and mourning. Obviously, I’m talking about Gone Away.
Gone Away is a truly incredible song. It’s passionate, rocking, powerful, and beautiful in its sincerity. I’m sure there are some who’d disagree, but… fuck ‘em. Gone Away’s impassioned pleas to bargain with death are both confronting and uncomfortably relatable for some.
However in my focus on their earlier career, I’m seemingly dismissing everything the band has done since, which is not the intent. The Offspring have released a further five albums since Americana, all well received and popular with fans. Their latest album, Let the Bad Times Roll, released earlier this year continues this tradition and perhaps one of the most enjoyable released from them in the last decade. It’s fun, catchy, and has that same sense of punk rock that The Offspring have championed since the 80s.