Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been a fan of the Offspring. Their unique blend of punk rock (inspired by bands of the 1970s like Black Flag and Dead Kennedys). Their break out record, Smash (which was their third studio album and was released in 1994), completely blew me away when it first came out. It’s one of the albums that I grew up with (before the digital music revolution of the mid to late 1990s).
I was going through a little rebellious phase at the time and I latched on to their song “Bad Habit” – a song about road rage, but it didn’t stop me from applying it different situations in my life that pissed me off at the time. Over the years there were some really good songs by the Offspring that touched me. Songs like “Gone Away”, “Why Don’t You Get A Job”, “Million Miles Away”, “Original Prankster”, “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and others are songs that have a lot of memories attached to them.
But, recently the Offspring released their ninth studio album entitled Days Go By. I suppose the album is not bad overall and I realize that they’ve have changed their musical style over the years and showcased their diversity as a band. Fact is, the Offspring is a lot different from what they were in 1994.
I’m just gonna go out and say it. The second single off the record, “Cruisin’ California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)” is just too poppy and catchy to be an Offspring song (if you ask me). Some folks claim that the song is a parody of some sort or an Offspring summer song in the US, but the fact remains: Parody or not, this song just friggin’ sucks and I don’t like hearing it. And I can’t believe that radio stations are actually play listing this crap.
This is the music video for the song (to give you an idea):
What do you think? I bet you the first question you asked yourself is “Is this REALLY the Offspring?” or to quote my tweet from a few weeks ago “Is this Katy Perry on Autotune?”. Seriously? What were they thinking? I think this poster below gives you some lyrical proof why this song sucks. I compared 1994’s “Bad Habit” to this years “Cruisin’ California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)”.
What the hell is music coming to? It’s bad enough that MTV should change its name to TV (because there’s practically no music on it). If you remember correctly, MTV used to be about music, not about Jersey Shore and all the other crap that’s on there lately.
It’s also bad enough that commercial radio stations (both in South Africa and abroad) don’t play the REAL music that is out there. Our ears have to be subject to crap like Nicky Minaj, the new Linkin Park single and countless amounts of mindless bubblegum pop on commercial radio stations.
But what’s really bad is that there aren’t many rock bands left that still have the ability to be vocal about things that are happening. You don’t hear anyone but the Black Keys, Foo Fighters or Jack Black being vocal about the state of music these days. When did it become taboo for Rock Bands to be vocal about other bands or the music? That used to happen in the 1960, 1970s and 1980s all the time.
Everyone pisses in their pants every time someone from the Black Keys makes a statement about another band. I’m not saying that what they’re saying is true or not, but at least they’re not being one of the cattle or sheep and actually being vocal about something. There’s so much bullshit floating around, you have to admire that in this day and age because it doesn’t happen often enough (in my opinion)
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