26 Years Ago: The Offspring Release ‘Ixnay on the Hombre’

Success can take you down some pretty amazing paths.After the monster success of smash, The Offspring were ready for a follow-up album, but ran into some problems with Epitaph, who released their previous effort and saw it become one of the best-selling independent albums of all time. bottom. Before the album arrived, the band made the jump to Columbia Records. This caused a bit of backlash from the fan base until the group pulled back the veil as to what had happened.

In an open letter to fans, singer Dexter Holland revealed that he wanted the band to stay on Epitaph, but the behavior of owner Brett Gurewitz made it painful to let them stay. revealed how the label chief tried to sell their records to major labels for royalty cuts. He said it didn’t cost much to do.

With label issues resolved, the band entered Hollywood’s Eldorado Recording Studios with producer Dave Jarden in June 1996 and plugged in in October. Not interested in giving fans the exact same record, they became more rock-based rather than relying solely on the punk sound that drove their previous albums. But even with the broad musical palette, the attitude was definitely there.The band dropped the title album Ixnay on the ManIt loosely translates to “Kill the Man” or “Kill the Man” on February 4, 1997.

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“We recorded more songs than we needed,” said guitarist Noodles. guitar magazine“It would have been a little more risky if we had used something else that was left out. But we won’t be disappointed with what we kept. I love it. I might save the quadrupedal walk for the next one.” But after Monster’s success, the disc sold poorly. smashand not everyone accepted their sound spread.

Although it did not reach the sales of the previous work, Ixnay on the Man It produced some pretty great songs and helped expand the band’s sound, and over time the reception has become more positive than what the disc initially received upon release.

The album opens with “Disclaimer,” with special guest Jello Biafra queuing listeners about what’s to come, and using Offspring’s wit to create a song worthy of its title. “This American apple pie system, known as parental discretion, sweeps away any sense of innuendo or sarcasm from lyrics that might actually make you think, while at the same time insulting your intellect. So protect your family.” This album contains explicit depictions of real things.These REALs are commonly known as LIFE.So if it sounds ironic please don’t take it seriously.It’s dangerous. If you think that, don’t try this at home, or at all. warned to.

Descendants, “Disclaimer”

Calvert DeForest, better known to TV audiences as Larry “Bud” Melman from David Letterman’s late night show, added a short spoken word moment to the hidden track of “Change the World.” The final moments of the album. Meanwhile, Jason “Blackball” McLean, known to Offspring fans for his line “Keep em separate” in “Come Out and Play”, added additional vocals on the song “Mota”. came back with Ixnay on the ManHowever, all three songs featuring guest appearances are just songs that add depth to the record, rather than focus tracks.

The true heart of the matter lies in the single, and “Gone Away” was a huge song that kept the album on track and ensured the momentum would continue after the smash. The track was actually her second single released from the album and showed a deeper and more emotional side than many expected. The anguish in Holland’s vocals is real when she talks about losing her loved one too soon in an accident and the emotional toll it took. Listeners connected to the song, which made her a No. 1 on mainstream rock radio and remains a staple of the band’s sets.

The Offspring “Gone Away”

The first single, albeit less successful, was “All I Want”.The track was a solid choice to lead the album, as she felt like an energetic rocker could keep her alive smash provided a bridge between the two albums. Holland initially wrote the track in a songwriting competition for Epitaph her record, labeling it “Protocol”. When the song was no longer used for its intended outlet, he reworked the song into a more Offspring-leaning track. The song was a mainstream rock hit for him on radio, reaching number 18.

another major single off Ixnay on the Man “I Choose” is a straighter rock song with a more infectious percussive vibe. The track reached number five on the radio. There was also a fourth single, “The Meaning of Life,” which was a perfect pit starter. The track is full of attitude, with Holland singing about rebelling against those who try to project his life experiences onto him while Holland was more interested in finding his way. It had little effect in-state, but the truck did get a few spins in Australia.

the band toured for most of the year Ixnay on the Manbut with inspiration on the move and a relatively quick turnaround, Americana album one year later Ixnayrelease. not yet, Ixnay on the Man It debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 album chart, was certified platinum, and sold fairly well.

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