|In the 1980s, spurred on by hardcore bands making it big on the East Coast, the scene exploded and a slew of bands formed across the West Coast. Though not every band from that era made it to today, there is one band that’s stood the test of time: The Offspring.
The band is born
The Offspring officially formed in 1984. The project was originally a collaboration between singer-guitarist Bryan “Dexter” Holland and bassist Greg K., who drew inspiration from slightly more established acts like T.S.O.L. and Social Distortion. Eventually, the pair were joined by guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman and drummer James Lilja. However, the former left just a couple years later, and the band tapped Ron Welty to play drums. Regardless of any shifts or bumps with the lineup, Offspring charged full steam ahead, releasing a few singles and a demo tape in 1986. A few years later, in 1989, the band released its debut self-titled album, which was supported by a six-week U.S. tour.
A Smash hit
In 1991, the band unveiled a new EP entitled Baghdad, which came to the attention of famed punk/indie label Epitaph Records. After signing with the label, Offspring set to work recording its sophomore album, Ignition, which landed on shelves in June 1992. The band then spent an extended period on the road, playing with the likes of NOFX and Pennywise, before hitting the studio again in 1993. The band emerged in April 1994 with Smash, which eventually sold a whopping 16 million records thanks to singles like “Self Esteem” and “Come Out and Play.” Around this time, Greg K. and Holland formed their own label, Nitro Records, and eventually signed the likes of AFI, Guttermouth, and The Vandals. From there, the band left Epitaph to sign with Columbia Records, where they began work on album No. 4.
Flying pretty high
Ixnay on the Hombre debuted in February 1997, and did moderately well by moving 4 million-plus copies. The next year, Offspring returned with Americana, which featured some of the band’s biggest singles to date in “Why Don’t You Get A Job?” and “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy).” The band’s success landed them a cameo in the teen comedy-horror film “Idle Hands,” in which they performed at a high school prom. The band maintained its current momentum into 2000, where in November they returned with Conspiracy of One. A few years later, regular drummer Ron Welty departed, and was replaced by Atom Willard (of the bands The Special Goodness and Rocket From the Crypt). Willard first appeared on 2003’s Splinter LP. It was be another five years before the band returned with 2008’s Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, the first LP to feature new drummer Pete Parada (formerly of the band Face to Face).
Still coming strong
The same year as Rise and Fall debuted, the band reissued deluxe versions of Ignition and Smash. After touring extensively, the band entered the studio in spring 2009 for work on its ninth studio album. Due to various issues and other responsibilities, Days Go By didn’t debut until June 2012. However, the album was supported via several extensive tours, including dates on Warped Tour 2013 and as part of festivities for the Smash 20th anniversary. The band’s next song, “Coming for You,” was revealed in early 2015. While there was talk of a 10th Offspring album to come, nothing had materialized by the time the band hit the road - alongside Sublime with Rome - in late 2016.
Many of the bands Offspring came up with fell apart just a few years after first hitting the stage. But with their committed fan base and a ceaseless dedication to all things punk, The Offspring will keep chugging right along for years to come.