Category: The Offspring

The Offspring – Ignition

ARTIST: The Offspring                             220px-The_Offspring-Ignition

TITLE: Ignition

YEAR RELEASED: 1992

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Bad Habit, Kick Him When He’s Down (#22 Alternative on re-release)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe you do, maybe you don’t

LINEUP: Dexter Holland, Noodles, Greg K, Ron Welty

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Their first Epitaph release is a perfectly fine early 90’s punk record.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Offspring were semi-known in the Southern California punk scene when they got the attention of Epitaph Records, and the label released this, their second album, in 1992. It got some traction in Southern California, and that seemed to be all fine and dandy, until, well, the hit happened on their next one.

It’s not really that far off of any of their subsequent releases, though it doesn’t really follow trends or try to be funny in search of a follow-up hit. Songs like “Kick Him When He’s Down”, “We Are One”, and “LAPD” are all familiar punk rants for various flavors.

Had the Offspring not become famous, this would have been a decent enough record to hang a career on. It certainly has credibility and honesty.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Dexter Holland had received his MS degree by this time and was going to start on his PhD around the time of this album.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: B:  It’s nothing special, but it’s a good punk record.

The Offspring – The Offspring

ARTIST: The Offspring                                 220px-The_Offspring_-_The_Offspring

TITLE: The Offspring

YEAR RELEASED: 1989

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: I’ll Be Waiting

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No sir.

LINEUP: Dexter Holland (listed as Kevin on the original release), Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman, Greg Kriesel, Ron Welty

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Punk band scrapes up enough dough to record a record and it sells barely enough to get a deal with Epitaph.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Pressing just 5,000 copies, the Offspring recorded this album in 1989 to document their work-in-progress punk-with-some-pop leaning sounds. Really, they haven’t changed much.

The delivery of the lyrics by Dexter Holland is generally the same, and the punk backing with power chords and blasts of solos by Noodles, are there. The songwriting isn’t as good, but they also don’t repeat themselves with bad novelty songs.

This isn’t earth-shaking, but it’s decent pre-grunge punk. You’d never have thought they’d hit it big, or even medium, though. 220px-Offspring_-_ST_1989

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The band hated the original album art (the gross guitar alien thing) and changed it for the re-releases.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The album keeps shedding tracks on re-releases. It started with 12, and they lost one on the 1995 reissue, and another on the 2001 pressing.

GRADE: B-: Standard Offspring punk rock, just unheard until they became big.