The early 1990s were banner years for The Offspring. Capitalizing on a homegrown following, the Southern California rockers, fronted by Dexter Holland, catapulted to the top of Billboard's Alternative chart in 1994 with "Come Out and Play" -- their success so swift, Columbia Records snatched them up from indie label Epitaph, agreeing to return the band's catalog after an 18-year period.
That benchmark came to pass in 2014, when the group gained control of masters to six albums released by Sony Music. Now, according to sources, The Offspring is shopping those LPs along with its music publishing. The asking price? In the $30 million to $35 million range. (The deal could also include a new album.)
The Offspring notched impressive numbers in its day. According to Nielsen Music, the band's U.S. album sales total nearly 17 million units, and track sales number more than 4.2 million. Of the Columbia recordings, the assets being shopped include 1997's Ixnay on the Hombre, featuring radio smash "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," with 1.4 million albums sold; 1998's Americana (5 million); and 2000's Conspiracy of One (1.2 million). Also available are publishing rights to songs outside of the Columbia catalog, including "Come Out and Play" and "Self Esteem" off 1993's aptly titled Smash.