August 18, 1994 |
A platinum band makes a lovely 15th anniversary present. That's the gift the Offspring have bestowed on the Orange County punk-alternative scene. The musical movement that began shouting to the world in 1979, when the Crowd became the first Orange County punk band to get airplay on KROQ, has just produced its first million-selling album. If you don't count Nirvana as a punk band, the Offspring's prophetically titled "Smash" may end up the biggest-selling album in punk-rock history.
August 5, 1994 |
The national success of the Offspring, whose "Smash" album has lived up to its name by cracking the Top 20 on the Billboard pop chart, represents a new breakthrough for Orange County's grass-roots rock scene. Unfortunately, back on the home front it's business as usual: Another promising alternative-music venue on the chronically anemic club scene is about to fold.
May 7, 1994 |
As 1994 began, the Offspring were just another obscure punk band hoping they could make it to the next gig without a mechanical breakdown. The bus motor would seize up on the road to Bakersfield. The transmission would give out en route to Arizona. When they finally got the engine rebuilt, the four band members drove across country on a winter tour, shivering all the way because they couldn't get the heater to work. "It was awful, but it would cost too much to fix it," said drummer Ron Welty.