September 26, 2000 |
Citing paralyzing legal pressure, multi-platinum rock band the Offspring has bowed to the demands of its record label and has scrapped plans to post an album on the Internet more than a month before the CD goes on sale. The band's plans had raised the hackles of Sony, the record label that distributes the Offspring's music. Sony and other major record labels are currently embroiled in legal battles against several online services that allow fans to freely swap music over the Net.
September 15, 2000 |
Multi-platinum music sensation Offspring plans to rock the recording industry by posting an album on the Internet more than a month before the CD goes on sale. The really radical idea, however, is that the punk band believes that its giveaway--the first by a major recording artist--will drive sales of the CD when it hits stores in November.
June 5, 2000 |
At least someone's making money off Napster. Orange County punk-rock group The Offspring, which has supported the controversial music-swapping software company, started hawking unauthorized Napster merchandise last week on the band's Web site, http://www.offspring.com. The band plans to keep the profits from all sales, although sources say the revenue is likely to be minimal.
July 19, 1999 |
The arena-rock warhorse is a dwindling breed consisting of holdovers from past decades and a few '90s-bred ponies that haven't proved they can carry the load as a big draw over the long haul. Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots broke down before they even made it to the back stretch. Pearl Jam could run the race--but does it want to? The Dave Matthews Band? Not a bad bet; somebody has to take over the Grateful Dead's jam-band slot. Smashing Pumpkins, Hole and Nine Inch Nails?
April 24, 1999 |
"Well I guess it ain't easy doing nothing at all but hey man free rides just don't come along every day." --"Why Don't You Get a Job?" by the Offspring * In its hit song "Why Don't You Get a Job?," the Offspring chide slackers who sit back and let others do the work. But some music critics say the rock group is committing that very same sin with the tune.
November 17, 1998 |
A tornado touched down in the spring of 1994 and whisked the Offspring off to Oz, or to some previously uncharted region of the musical universe where a scrappy little punk band with a meager recording budget could sell more than 11 million records--the worldwide haul for the Orange County band's breakthrough album, "Smash." Fewer Munchkins embraced last year's follow-up release, "Ixnay on the Hombre." Still, the album's worldwide sales of 3 million (983,000 in the U.S., compared with 5.