The Offspring

The Offspring is an American rock band from Garden Grove, California, formed in 1984.[2] Originally formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band's lineup consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Bryan "Dexter" Holland, bassist Todd Morse and lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman. Over the course of their 37-year career, they have released ten studio albums and experienced multiple 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 current drummer Pete 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. Kriesel was replaced by Todd Morse of H2O, who had been the Offspring's touring guitarist since 2009.[3]

The Offspring
The Offspring performing in 2008.
Pictured: Greg K., Pete Parada, Dexter Holland, Andrew Freeman and Noodles.
Background information
Also known asManic Subsidal (1984–1986)[1]
OriginGarden Grove, California, U.S.[2]
Genres
Years active1984–present
Labels
Websiteoffspring.com
Members
Past members

The Offspring is often credited—alongside fellow California punk bands Green Day and Rancid—for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the 1990s.[4][5] They have sold over 40 million records worldwide,[6][7] making them one of the best-selling punk rock bands in history.[8] 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 punk rock 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.[9][10][11][12] The success of Smash attracted attention from major labels, including Columbia Records, with whom The Offspring 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.[10] 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.[10][11][12] The Offspring has since released five more albums: Conspiracy of One (2000), Splinter (2003), Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008), Days Go By (2012) and Let the Bad Times Roll (2021).