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Nov. 17, 1998


3.525 (average of 8 ratings)


punk rock



Album Tracks:

  1. Welcome
  2. Have You Ever
  3. Staring at the Sun
  4. Pretty Fly for a White Guy
  5. The Kids Aren’t Alright
  6. Feelings
  7. She’s Got Issues
  8. Walla Walla
  9. The End of the Line
  10. No Brakes
  11. Why Don’t You Get a Job?
  12. Americana
  13. Pay the Man

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 5.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2.0
sales worldwide - estimated 8.9


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 10

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy (10/17/98) #43a US, #1 UK, #5 AR, #3 MR
  • Why Don’t You Get a Job? (1/30/99) #74 US, #2 UK, #10 AR, #4 MR
  • The Kids Aren’t Alright (5/29/99) #11 UK, #11 AR, #6 MR
  • She’s Got Issues (10/23/99) #41 UK, #19 AR, #11 MR



The Offspring


“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,” JW “the Offspring's fifth album is a raucous ride through America as seen through the eyes of a weary, but still optimistic, young kid.” MG Americana makes for the band’s “most lively offering to date, replacing angst and rage with energy and sarcasm.” JW

“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.” JW “Riffs on political correctness, ‘70s radio fodder, and suburban disquiet are spread thick on Americana. If the band’s targets seem a bit simple and predictable, its music rarely is. The SoCal roots aren’t played to a fault, the blend of salsa and alterna-rock sounds natural.” MG

“Best track is Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), which manages to bridge Def Leppard and Latin hip-hop (and the musical timeline they represent) and, in the process, disrobes Middle America's average white teen's quick fascination with and instant disposability of a once-regional heritage.” MG “The novelty single…matches infectious riffing and shout-along vocals with fly-girl chants of ‘Give it to me, baby’ and lyrics about wannabe scenesters.” JW

“A storming punk-rock version of Morris Albert’s Feelings sees the band hitting a new level of, er, (in)sensitivity. Elsewhere, the humor 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.’” JW

“With integrity intact and a hearty combination of poppy punk and wit throughout,” MG “The Offspring pretty much laugh at their culture, as well as themselves, the entire time.” MG

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Last updated March 28, 2011.