The Offspring (biography)
The Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California , formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland , bassist Greg K. , lead guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada . The Offspring is often credited—alongside fellow California punk bands Bad Religion , NOFX , Green Day , Rancid and Pennywise —for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the 1990s.
They have sold over 36 million records worldwide, being considered one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time.
Early years (1984–1987)
The foundations for The Offspring began with guitarist/vocalist Bryan “Dexter” Holland (who was a drummer at the time) and bassist Greg Kriesel playing music together in a garage in Cypress, California .After hearing the T.S.O.L. album Change Today? at a party, and following a riot at a 1984 Social Distortion show, they decided to form a band called Manic Subsidal. Holland changed his role from drums to guitar, and the band was rounded out by singer Doug Thompson and drummer Jim Benton. Marcus Parrish briefly joined as a second guitarist, however, no recordings were made at this point. After Thompson was forced out, Holland took over vocals, and Benton was replaced by Clowns of Death drummer James Lilja .
In 1985, school janitor Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman (also formerly of Clowns of Death) joined as a second guitarist, allegedly because he was old enough to purchase alcohol for the other members, who were under the legal drinking age.
Mainstream success with Smash (1994–1996)
When The Offspring returned to the studio to work on their third album in 1993, the band’s relations with producer Thom Wilson had begun to strain. The band released what would become their biggest selling album, titled Smash (1994).
Fueled by the hit singles ” Come Out and Play “, ” Self Esteem “, and ” Gotta Get Away”, the album set the all-time record for most units sold by an independent label band at 16 million records. Smash has continued to sell consistently well in the twenty-one years since its release, and has also been certified 6x Platinum in the United States.
The album also sold very well outside the U.S., particularly in Australia, where it debuted No. 1 on the ARIA Charts, and remained in that position for three weeks in 1995.
Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2006–2009)
In November 2006, it was reported that The Offspring were back in the studio
recording their eighth studio album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace with producer Bob Rock and “a fistful of demos”. In July 2007, Dexter announced that the band had finished two more songs and the album was being recorded in Orange County, California.
It was announced on July 27, 2007, that former Saves the Day drummer Pete Parada had been chosen to be The Offspring’s new drummer, replacing Atom Willard, who went on to join Angels and Airwaves.
The band’s first shows with Parada were at the Summer Sonic festival in Japan in August of the same year.
It was during these shows that the band debuted ” Hammerhead ” which would become the first single from the new album. Parada did not play on the new album however; Josh Freese once again handled drum duties, as he did with Splinter.
Days Go By (2010–2013)
In May 2009, the band started doing preliminary work with Bob Rock in Hawaii for what would be the ninth Offspring album. They recorded sporadically through the next year.
In June 2010 the Offspring headlined two dates in Western Canada.
The Offspring took a break from the studio in order to join 311 on their summer 2010 Unity Tour. The 19-date tour was held in amphitheaters around the U.S., also featuring Pepper as a special guest.
Before the 311 and Pepper tour, The Offspring played four West Coast dates in June, which were supported by Terrible Things.