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"We want to offer something new with every album," says Dexter Holland, frontman of THE OFFSPRING.

After nine records, that's certainly not an easy task for any band. However, THE OFFSPRING have more than a few surprises up their sleeves, and their ninth studio album, DAYS GO BY, is staggering proof. Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Mötley Crüe, The Cult), the ... Read more in Amazon's The Offspring Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000241F8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Welcome - Sample
2. Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) - Sample Rock Of Ages (R. LangeJ. Elliott
3. Pretty Fly
4. Pretty Fly - Sample
5. Welcome
6. Have You Ever
7. Staring At The Sun
8. Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
9. The Kids Aren't Alright
10. Feelings
11. She's Got Issues
12. Walla Walla
13. The End Of The Line
14. No Brakes
15. Why Don't You Get A Job?
16. Americana
17. Pay The Man
18. [Gone Away] Promotional Video Footage
19. [I Choose] Promotional Video Footage
20. [The Meaning Of Life] Promotional Video Footage
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The Offspring - Americana

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Maybe hanging out with Jello Biafra put the fun-loving spring in Offspring's step. Or perhaps it was just the royalty checks, hot babes, and fast cars. Whatever the case, the band's fourth record, Americana, is its most lively offering to date, replacing angst and rage with energy and sarcasm. The novelty single "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" matches infectious riffing and shout-along vocals with fly-girl chants of "Give it to me, baby" and lyrics about wannabe scenesters; and a storming punk-rock version of Morris Albert's "Feelings" sees the band hitting a new level of, er, (in)sensitivity. Elsewhere, the humour is slightly more subtle; "She's Got Issues" cops a new-wave guitar line from the Cars songbook, "The Kids Aren't Alright" opens like an Iron Maiden anthem, and "Why Don't You Get a Job?" is a blatant reggae-style spoof of the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". Musically, Americana offers no real revelations, but the songs are a bit craftier and more diverse than the rest of the Offspring oeuvre, veering haphazardly between anthemic punk metal, blistering hardcore, and near-psychedelic experimentation. --Jon Wiederhorn

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Galsworthy on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of my very first albums ever and what a way to start off my collection. Every track, upbeat and pacy hitting you with heavy bass and pacy riffs, some hard to keep up with. 'Staring at the Sun' is one of the catchiest songs ever primarily down to its brilliant staggered guitar riff. Superb interlude half way through 'Have You Ever' showing that the electirc guitar isn't the only instrument that can deliver porwerful precision with a quality bass solo. 'The Kids Aren't Alright' is one of my favourite songs of all time and through out you are fixated with brilliance. I thought the old boys had gone AWOL with 'Pay the Man'. Didn't give it the chance at first......I soon shut up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Fitzpatrick on 30 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
In my view this is the offspring's greatest ever album. It is a great record for those who like their hard rock and metal but don't like their music to be too serious. This is a fun album and contains many catchy pop-influenced songs especially "Pretty fly for a white guy" which had great chart success. There are also other standout songs such as "the kids aren't alright", "staring at the sun" and "Americana." These songs are all punk influenced nu metal songs that have an upbeat lively feel and there are no fillers on the album. The offspring like their music very fast and that is evident here with very fast vocals and guitars. This is a great party record and is easy to listen. It is a must have for any offspring fan and is the best place to start for any new fan interested in the band or for anyone who ever listened to pop-punk nu metal bands such as Sum 41 and Blink 182. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the best punk rock album EVER!there is not one bad track on that album. I first bnought it in a second hand shop after hearing it at my freinds hous it totaly converted me to Rock. There isnt one song on the album wichi havent listend to atleats 20 times and its still my favourite album and if i were to make an Offspring greatist hits album i would have to include about every Track there.If you like this album as much as i do i advise you to also buy Ixnay on the Hombre, Splinter and Conspiresey of one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Like Limp Bizkit and the Manics, the Offspring have become what they set out to destroy."
Maybe, but it doesn't stop this album from being OK. Besides I hear their 6th album returns to their roots, meaning this was just the first shaky foot into the world of commercialism. Maybe after this they'll regain that footing, and although they can never hold the dignity and respect they held before, they may be able to discreetly pull some of it back... we can only hope...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "jamiehtfcfan2202" on 20 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album kicks right in with the first song (2nd track after intro) to get you in the mood!
Overall I don't think you will want to skip tracks, as they are all slightly different to the others, which gives a nice mixture of feelings while listening to the album.
There are the smooth songs, just to lead you into the big hitters like Americana (the song), and Feelings.
I always listen all the way through, and love it everytime! Its not like other albums where once you've heard one song, you've heard them all, but always wanting you to stay to hear the next song.
I am very happy with my purchase, and recommend this to any Offspring fan, or anyone with a hint of modern Rock in their blood.
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By far the most commercially viable of all The Offspring releases to date. Album 5 continues (where Ix Nay started) to soften the raw sound of Dexter Holland's voice and Kevin Wasserman's Guitars, and while Holland's voice is still slightly ear grating, and very prominent in the mix, Americana is a departure from their rough furious jagged punk days.

Americana is also the first Offspring record that is geared towards singles, featuring a slew of radio friendly hits of the likes of "Pretty fly (for a white guy)", "The kids aren't alright" and "Why don't you get a job?", that will take anyone like me (who got into music through the Green Day / Sun 41 punk rock revival in the late 90s and early 00s) right back to those days. These new songs are more accessible and upbeat than any previous work.

If any criticism could be made of Americana, it is that as an album, it doesn't sit together as smoothly as Smash or Ix Nay, and because it is so geared towards individual songs, it plays more like a limited greatest hits album. That should not deter potential listeners, as some of The Offspring's best work can be found here - "Staring at the Sun" is a particular highlight. Americana is not a particularly rewarding listen, but it is an easy listen, and a very enjoyable one. There is enough upbeat punk pop to draw in the mainstream, and enough classic Offspring edginess to satisfy the older fans. By no means their best work, but nevertheless, good party album, that should be appreciated a song at a time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to the power that is Ixnay on the Hombre, I bought this album as soon as it came out, under the assumption that it would be as good a masterwork. I was two-thirds satisfied. It has got some pretty amazing songs, like 'Staring at the Sun', 'Americana' and 'Have you Ever?', but the others are really fillers. They have, in this record, chosen pop to rock, but it is still a very good album on the whole, and The Offspring fans will get enjoyment out of it.
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