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POP MUSIC | Checking In With . . . Dexter Holland

How to Survive in Suburbia

The Offspring's message is simple enough: Just do your own thing.

January 31, 1999|RICHARD CROMELIN | Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar

A: I didn't want it to be a record that made you feel hopeless. At the end of the day I hope that you can get something positive out of it. So there are songs, like "Staring at the Sun" and even "Pay the Man," which says, "How am I gonna find my own way as an individual through the world?"

If you think for yourself, you can still manage it. The bottom line of what I'm trying to say is that you have to create your own life and your own priorities. You're gonna have to live life the way you want to and not the way you think it should be or the way someone tells you, and not accept those kind of outside pressures. . . . That's filling somebody else's agenda rather than your own.

Q: What do you see out there that makes you feel hopeful?

A: I see it at the shows. The kids are unique in the way they act, the way they dress, the way they talk. It seems they're sharing what the songs are supposed to be about, and that's really a cool thing. . . . You've got to give kids credit. They're really smart. . . . They know what's going on, and they're the ones kind of making their way through it, and it's really impressive to see.*

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