The Offspring are back after 9 years! “Let the Bad Times Roll” hits stores April 16th but what in the H-E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS TOOK SO LONG!?!? Listen in as Ozz gets to the bottom of where one of the most legendary & successful punk bands of all time have been.
The Offspring is an American rock band from Garden Grove, California, formed in 1984. Originally formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band’s lineup consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Bryan “Dexter” Holland, bassist Todd Morse, guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada. Over the course of their 37-year career, they have released nine studio albums and experienced lineup changes, most noticeably with their drummers. Their longest-serving drummer was Ron Welty, who replaced original drummer James Lilja in 1987, and stayed with the band for 16 years; he was replaced by Atom Willard in 2003, and then four years later by Parada. Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel, one of the co-founders of the Offspring, was their bassist until 2018 when he parted ways due to business disputes with the band, leaving Holland as the sole remaining original member (if the band’s history as Manic Subsidal is included). Kriesel was replaced by Todd Morse of H2O, who had been the Offspring’s touring guitarist since 2009.
The Offspring is often credited—alongside fellow California punk bands Green Day, Rancid, Bad Religion, NOFX, Pennywise and New York City band Jawbreaker—for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the 1990s. They have sold over 40 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling punk rock bands in history. After achieving a local following with their early releases, including their 1989 self-titled debut album and the vinyl-only EP Baghdad (1991), The Offspring signed with Epitaph Records and released two albums for the independent label, Ignition (1992) and Smash (1994). Smash, which contained the band’s first major hit “Come Out and Play”, propelled pop punk into the mainstream and holds the distinction as one of the best-selling albums released on an independent record label, selling over eleven million copies worldwide. The success of Smash attracted attention from major labels, including Columbia Records, with whom The Offspring had signed in 1996; their first album for the label, Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), did not match the success of its predecessor, but received critical acclaim and gold and platinum awards. The band’s fifth album, Americana (1998), regained their previous level of popularity, obtaining support from MTV and radio, and selling over five million units in the US. The Offspring have since released four more albums: Conspiracy of One (2000), Splinter (2003), Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008) and Days Go By (2012). The band’s tenth studio album, Let the Bad Times Roll, will be released on April 16, 2021.