THE OFFSPRING are:
Dexter Holland: vocals, guitar
Greg K: bass
It all started in 1984 when high school classmates from Orange County- Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel decided to form a band.
A year later, their school custodian Kevin Wasserman a.k.a Noodles joined up. They practiced in Kriesel's parents' house and played their first shows in Santa Cruz and San Francisco.
The band was originally called Manic Subsidal, but in 1986 the name was changed to The Offspring. A year later they released their debut vinyl single, "I'll Be Waiting" b/w "Blackball.
Soon afterwards sixteen-year-old Ron Welty became the fourth member of The Offspring after the original drummer left to devote more time to school.
In 1989 the band signed to independent label Nemesis/Cargo and a released The Offspring, their debut album, which sold 3,000 vinyl copies.
In 1992 The band signed to Epitaph and recorded their second album, Ignition which went on to sell more than 1 million albums worldwide.
Their third album , Smash was released in 1994. Featuring the mega-hits "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)," "Self Esteem' and "Gotta Get Away," the album sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. "Come Out and Play" became a gigantic MTV hit and the album peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
In 1995, Dexter and Greg started Nitro Records which formed a roster that included the Vandals, AFI, Guttermouth and others. Nitro also reissued the band's self-titled debut on CD for the first time. The Offspring's cover of the Damned's "Smash It Up" is featured on the best-selling Batman Forever soundtrack.
IN 1997 The Offspring signed with Columbia Records, and released Ixnay on the Hombre in February. The album sold more than 3 million worldwide and peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200, with singles "All I Want," "Gone Away," and "I Choose"." The L.A. Times praised the album as "richly varied and thoroughly smart, a mature, sometimes daring and always enticing effort by a band that constantly offers far more than meets the ear."
A year later, an MP3 file of "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)," from the band's yet-to-be-released Americana album was downloaded 22 million times over a 10-week period, landing it the #1 spot on Rolling Stone's Top Pirated Internet Songs chart. When Americana was released in November, worldwide sales climb past the 10 million mark. The singles "Pretty Fly...", "Why Don't You Get a Job?," "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "She's Got Issues" became hits.
In 1999, the band won an MTV Music Award for Best Rock Artist.
The band caused controversy when they decided to offer their new album Conspiracy Of One free of charge via the Internet. Fans downloading the record were automatically registered in a contest to be awarded $1,000,000 directly from the band (live on MTV) on the day of the album's release. Sony Music did not agree and threatened a lawsuit. Fortunately the band avoided the lawsuit by making individual singles available on their official website and MTV Online.
In March 2002, The Offspring played the Las Vegas premiere of Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huck Jam, with an array of action sports champions like Hawk, Bob Burnquist, Dave Mirra, Mat Hoffman and Carey Hart, then went on for four more dates that fall. In July, they played a benefit concert with T.S.O.L. for not-for-profit organisations They Will Surf Again and Life Rolls On, dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.
In September, they opened the Kerrang! Awards in London before being presented with the Classic Songwriter award.
In October, they brought in drummer Atom Willard, who was in Rocket From the Crypt for 10. The group named the new album Splinter and chose "Hit That" for the first single.
The band flew to Europe for secret club shows in London, Berlin and Paris then returned to the US for more shows before Splinter's release on December 9.
The Offspring begin the year 2004 with performances on Top Of The Pops in the UK and then at ESPN's Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.
In February, the Splinter World Tour kicked off in Europe , the US, then Australia, and Asia, back to Europe, South Africa (for the first time ever), South America and finally the band wraped up the tour headlining the Holiday Havoc festival in Anaheim, California.
In May, the Rock Against Bush compilation, featuring The Offspring's "Baghdad" was released. Dexter (who has a pilot licence) celebrated the end of the tour with a 9 day solo flight around the entire globe.
2005: The Offspring begun working on new songs, old songs and covers with producer Jerry Finn, including "Can't Repeat" a single for the soon upcoming Greatest Hits album.
The Greatest Hits collection hit stores in North America on June 21. The collection features all of the band's major hits plus "Can't Repeat." Greatest Hits was released in both DualDisc and standard CD configurations. The DualDisc version featured the entire album on the audio-only side while the DVD side includes the full album in 5.1 stereo; a chat with Dexter and Noodles about the band's history and the stories behind the songs; and an exclusive in-the-studio acoustic performance of "Dirty Magic."
A few weeks later, The Offspring's Complete Music Video Collection was released on DVD. It showcases all of the band's videos including "Da Hui" and "Cool To Hate"
In September, the band headed to Europe then a quick tour of Japan in October. The band returned to the U.S. to find radio stations playing their cover of "Next To You," originally by The Police wich was an unlisted final track on the US version of Greatest Hits album. The stations picked up on the song from Offspring fans calling and requesting it.
Currently the band is demo-ing new songs.