Tuesday (April 8th) was the 20th anniversary of the release of Smash, the third studio album from punk legends The Offspring and the band’s commercial breakthrough. To celebrate, the Offspring will begin playing the record in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the summer with soon-to-be-announced U.S. dates, many of which will also be Smash shows.
A 20th anniversary remastered edition of the album will be released this August by Epitaph Records on both CD and 180-gram vinyl, with new artwork and a 24-page booklet featuring never-before-seen photos plus an oral history of the record. A special “collector’s box” will feature both the CD and vinyl, art and photo prints, a pin, a patch, a replica tour pass and guitar pick all in a custom wooden box.
- Although Smash was the first of many commercial successes for the Offspring, singer Dexter Holland told us a while back that he still considers the band to be punk rock:
- “You know, it’s definitely where we started, it’s what I’m proud of, it’s what inspired us, so I thought, ‘Yeah,’ and then after a while, people are saying, ‘Well, you can’t be punk, because you sold too many records, or you sound like this, or you don’t sound like that,’ or whatever. And we definitely have other influences. So, after a while, I kind of started saying, ‘Yeah, you know what, we’re a rock band.’ But, you know, lately, the more I’ve been thinking about it, I’m like, ‘F**k it, we’re a punk band.’ That’s what we are, that’s where we came from, I think yeah.”
- Smash has sold more than six million copies in the U.S. alone and 11 million worldwide. It remains the best-selling independent label album of all time.
- The disc’s first single, “Come Out And Play,” hit Number One on the Modern Rock chart in 1994 and was followed by two more Top 10 hits in “Self-Esteem” and “Gotta Get Away.”