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.
January 30, 1997 |
The Offspring won honor and glory in becoming Orange County's most celebrated punk-rock specimen. Now, for this band led by an erstwhile scientist, comes the pressure of life at the other end of the microscope.
January 30, 1997
When the Offspring's new album, "Ixnay on the Hombre," hits stores Tuesday, the Garden Grove punk band will begin a new chapter in what may be the most unlikely rock success story of the '90s. The release also sets up the unprecedented possibility that one Orange County band will knock another off the top of the national album charts. As of this week, "Tragic Kingdom," the breakthrough album by Anaheim's No Doubt, had logged its eighth straight week at No. 1 in Billboard.
January 30, 1997 |
The Offspring's messy falling out with Epitaph Records put a smudge on the platinum-plated success of the "Smash" album. It had been a fairy-tale partnership, Cinderella at the moshers' ball, as the little punk band from Orange County and the little punk label from Los Angeles crashed the music conglomerates' party together.
May 7, 1996 |
Orange County punk band Offspring is expected to sign a four-album, multimillion-dollar contract this week with Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The deal, which has been in the works since February, could be announced as early as Friday, although some financial details are still unresolved.
July 22, 1995 |
The last thing a band that's been accused of plagiarism wants to do is hear its song on the radio along with the one it allegedly copied . . . unless that band is the Offspring. The Orange County group took to the air on KROQ-FM recently and played not one but two songs it's been accused of copping for its hit song "Come Out and Play," from the 4-million-selling album "Smash."
July 15, 1995 |
The last thing a band that's been accused of plagiarism wants to do is hear its song on the radio along with the one it allegedly copied . . . unless that band is the Offspring. The Orange County punk group appeared in the studio at KROQ-FM last week and played not one but two records it's been accused of copping for its hit song "Come Out and Play," from the 4-million-selling album "Smash."
May 18, 1995 |
The punk band Face to Face is letting bygones be bygones after a bizarre episode at the recent Board in Orange County festival, where Face to Face's singer was knocked off the concert stage by Jason McLean, whose singsong speaking voice intones the "you gotta keep 'em separated" catch phrase on Offspring's hit, "Come Out and Play."
January 29, 1995 |
'It was fun, it was rad, it was really cool," says Offspring singer Bryan Holland. It's been a year of highlights for the band, but the four members seem especially excited about having opened the Fox network's telecast of the Billboard Music Awards last month.
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.