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The Offspring

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The Offspring Biography

Formed in Garden Grove, California USA, in 1984 this veteran Punk-Rock act primarily comprised singer + guitarist Bryan 'Dexter' Holland and bassist Greg Kriesel; the two started a band they named Manic Subsidal with drummer James Lilja and later were joined by lead guitarist Kevin 'Noodles' Wasserman.

Just a year later, the quartet dubbed themselves The Offspring, playing as a supporting band on the Cali-Punk circuit and self-released their first single, "I'll Be Waiting".

In 1987 Lilja was fired and replaced by drummer Ron Welty. The new line-up set about recording their first album which was released on the indie label Nemesis Records in the spring of 1989.

Three years later the band delivered their last record, the "Baghdad" EP, on Nemesis; the foursome then began a collaboration with former Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, who was also the founder of Epitaph Records.
By October 1992 The Offspring released their second album, the first for Epitaph, "Ignition".

One and half years later its follow-up, "Smash", broke The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart peaking at #4 on the back of the #1 Modern Rock single "Come Out And Play", plus "Self Esteem" which debuted at #4 and #7 on The Modern and The Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively; also "Gotta Get Away" made top 10 on The Modern Rock list and helped the band, sold 4 millions of records; after more than a decade after its release, "Smash", remains the highest-selling album of all time on an independent label. Along with their recordings The Offspring spent a lot of time on the road, touring with labelmates Pennywise, Rancid and Guttermouth.

1995 saw the single "Kick Him When He's Down", taken from 1992's "Ignition", climbs up to #22 on The Modern Rock chart and "Smash It Up", their contribution to the "Batman Forever" soundtrack, managed to crack the top 20 of the same chart.

In 1996 the band signed for Columbia and began recording their next album, "Ixnay On The Hombre"; the record was released in February 1997 and soon entered the top 10 of The Billboard Top 200, leading directly to their international success; it peaked at #3 in Canada, reached the #17 position in U.K. and generated two straight Mainstream Rock top 5 hits: "I Choose" and the #1 single "Gone Away" which also rose to the #4 slot on The Modern Rock Tracks; one further single, "All I Want" peaked at #13 on the same chart.

Premiered by the transatlantic hit single "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)", the band's fifth album, "Americana", was relesed in November 1998, it shot to #2 in U.S. climbed into the top 3 of the Pop Canadian Albums list and crashed into the top 10 in Britain; the first single topped the U.K. chart, peaked at #3 and #5 on Billboard's Modern and Active Rock charts, respectively, but surprisingly failed to clinch a high chart position on The Billboard Hot 100; the band debuted at U.K. #2 with the follow-up single, "Why Don't You Get A Job?", which hit #4 on The Modern Rock list and reached #10 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart; the album yielded two more Billboard's Modern and Active Rock top 20 hits: "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "She's Got Issues". "Americana" became the group's biggest worldwide success, with over 10 million copies sold.

The Offspring returned to the spotlight in late 2000 releasing "Conspiracy Of One", this album easily soared to the top 10 of the North American charts spawning "Original Prankster" which barely missed the top spot of The Modern Rock Tracks and peaked at #7 on The Mainstream Rock chart; "Want You Bad" made top 10 on The Modern Rock list and the second 2001 single, "Million Miles Away", was a minor hit.

The quartet scored another Billboard's Rock top 10 hit, that year, with "Defy You", a single which they recorded for the soundtrack to the movie "Orange County".
After a 15 year term of service, drummer Ron Welty left the band for a new project in spring 2003, he was replaced by Atom Willard.
The revamped line-up released "Splinter", that fall; this album failed to match its predecessor's chart performance reaching the #30 position on The Billboard Top 200; it included "Hit That" which topped The Modern Rock Tracks and hit #6 on The Active Rock chart plus one further Modern Rock top 10 single, "(Can't Get My) Head Around You".

The Offspring released its "Greatest Hits" in June 2005, a retrospective compilation which offers the new song "Can't Repeat"; the track was heavily aired on Alternative and Active Rock stations as it climbs up to #9 and #10 respectively on the Billboard charts.

In mid 2007, the Orange County punksters announced on their official website that ex-Saves The Day, Pete Parada would be the band's new drummer, replacing Atom Willard, who departed to join Angels & Airwaves.
"Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace", the eighth studio album from The Offspring arrived in June 2008; the disc is the band's first full-length studio release in four and a half years, the longest gap between The Offspring's studio albums to date. It debuted at #10 on The Billboard 200 and at #4 in Canada and yielded three Hot Modern Rock top 10 smashes including the #1 single "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid", "Hammerhead" and "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?". The final single, "Half-Truism", stopped just short of the top 20 on the same chart.

The Offspring resurfaced in June 2012 with its ninth studio album, "Days Go By", which debuted at #12 on The Billboard 200.


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