This blog segment is about two things.
#1) Holding your hand and hopefully helping you discover a new song for your playlist each week.
#2) Seeing if we can’t keep it semi relevant to either what’s happened in the last week, or what’s about to happen in the next week…(let’s not be too sticky on that one).
When it comes to The Offspring, I’ve got a love/hate relationship with them. I’m not one of these guys who says ‘only their old stuff is good’, because that’s just not true. However, they have released a whole bunch of stinkers that might turn a person off the band before they’ve had a chance to discover some of the best (and most underrated) punk rock around.
Today (June 15th) in 1989, The Offspring released their self titled debut album. It’s a beautiful mix of fast, short, angst filled songs with minimal production and catchy hooks that clearly points the way to the sound that the band continued developing throughout their catalogue.
When I was in high school in Toronto in the mid-90’s, I had a cassette tape of this album that I wore out on my public transit commutes to and from school. It’s one of those albums that I’m happy most people don’t know about because it feels like ‘mine’. But I wouldn’t be doing you or myself any favours if I didn’t show you some great songs that you should have in rotation on your playlist.
Remember what I said about the familiar sound that the band has managed to stick with? The guitar lines in this song are reminiscent of at least 2 extremely popular Offspring songs.
You actually might recognize this song if you ever played the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games.
The very first song I ever heard from this album. There’s just something about the goofy lyrics that made the 15 year old in me want to hear more.
I hope you enjoyed those songs, go find the other ones and realize that there was a time before the stinky radio songs when The Offspring was a legit punk band.