Since its debut on the Billboard charts in 1994, The Offspring has become one of that decade’s most lasting rock acts. Over the course of nearly three decades, the pop-punk pioneers and road warriors not only finished out a seven-album major label contract but kept making music far beyond it, retaining a radio presence along with their senses of sanity and humor.
Led by iron-lunged vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Dexter Holland, The Offspring broke through on alternative radio and MTV with “Come Out and Play,” kicking off a mid-to-late nineties streak of success including albums Smash, Ixnay on the Hombre and Americana, which together account for a good chunk of the band’s 17.1 million career album sales, per MRC Data. Much of that MTV generation may remember them best for the still-hilarious “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy),” proof of the degree to which The Offspring helped usher punk into the mainstream.
With 17 top 10s on alternative radio and 15 on mainstream rock, the band isn’t slowing down yet: its first album on Concord Records, Let the Bad Times Roll, is out today (Apr. 16), and already has two top tens on the latter chart, including the title track, a rallying cry reminder of Trump-era fearmongering that would be shiver-inducing if it weren’t, like so many of the band’s tunes, so darn catchy.