Musicians: The Offspring – Loud and Proud
This group is famous for their yelling out loud lyrics and their conglomeration of punk, alternative, and metal sounds. Origins of the band date as far back as 1984 when Bryan “Dexter” Holland and Greg K (Greg Kriesel) teamed up with Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman to form a band. They were soon joined by Ron Welty on drums, and soon signed a deal with Nemesis Records in 1989.
Even though their first, self-titled album had a very limited release, the band had quite a cult following by 1994. By the time they released their second album, they had changed their label to Epitaph records. Perhaps the alternative era of the early nineties, with Seattle-based groups such as Nirvana, paved the way for Offspring’s mammoth success. Smash proved to live up to its name, with hits of “Come Out And Play” and “Self-Esteem”.
The band then switched their labels again, from then Epitaph Records to Columbia. Their 1997 album, Ixnay on the Hombre, produced some hits, but was nothing compared to Smash. Their comeback came in 1998 with the album Americana, with such hits like “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” and “Why Don’t You Get a Job”.
In 2000, the band raised quite a controversy when they wanted to release their album, Conspiracy of One, completely online via their website. Columbia was willing to take legal action against this, and so they abandoned their attempt.
In 2003, Ron Welty left the group, and was replaced by Atom Willard. They have since released two more albums, including Splinter and a Greatest Hits album.