“The New Offspring Single Sucks” and Other Rants…

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)

If you agree or don’t agree with me, drop me a comment on this post and let me know what your thoughts are. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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  • Geoffrey Chisnall

    Bands from way back kind of have to change their style of their music. Look at Linkin Park, Bush and even the new Smashing Pumpkins.

    I love the new Offspring album and yeah, that song seems to be some funny weird song but it is catchy. HAH.

    • Urgh, I can’t stand it dude :/ Each to its own I suppose

  • LizzyLove

    Pretty damn accurate Henno. dis kak.

  • Geoffrey Chisnall

    The one song or the whole album Lizzy? 😛

  • LizzyLove

    This song is the only one i’ve heard off the album, but if it all sounds like this, I won’t even bother to give it a listen. I’m old school man, I went through puberty in the 90’s, listened to grunge en American punk. I wore Offspring shirts and jumped around to Cypress Hill and House of Pain in Shaft. This shit ain’t going down for me.

  • Geoffrey Chisnall

    The rest of the songs def ain’t like that. I am enjoying this album alot.

  • I do sympathise with the radio stations – they are forced to play this crap song. 🙁

  • Michael Schaapherder

    It has been a tradition of all The Offspring albums to add a so called “crazy” song, such as: Original Prankster (Conspiracy Of One). Pretty Fly (Americana) , Disclaimer, and Intermission (Ixnay On The Hombre), When you’re in prison (Splinter). What in the world happened to you (Smash). Cruising California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk), OC Guns. (Days Go Buy). And maybe even Session (Ignition).

    Bad Habit cant be compared to Cruising California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk), this new track doesn’t fall in the same genre as their original punk roots but rather the same for the tracks listed above. The common mistake people make is that they associate songs like Cruising California and Pretty Fly For A White Guy with the Offspring as if that is their only genre.

    With Days Go Buy, I really believe they formulated and created just what they have always and perhaps even exceeded expectations.

    And so what if Cruising California is catchy, crazy and different? You think this is all new? Go back and redo your history if you don’t agree with me that it has always been like this with every Offspring Album. Do yourself a favor and go listen to a few of the tracks mentioned above…like “When You’re In Prison”.

    The Offspring have made music they love to make and enjoy adding a few alternate tracks. And to many (including myself) this is exactly true Offspring tradition. And They never have, and never will change…Thank God…

    • Thanks for your comment. I was pissed off about the song and I wasn’t thinking straight when I wrote this. Thanks for reminding me how awesome The Offspring really is 🙂

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