Tuesday 1/31/23 10pm ET: Feature LP: Offspring – Smash (1994)

Smash is the third studio album by American rock band the Offspring, released on April 5, 1994, by Epitaph Records. After touring in support of their previous album Ignition (1992), the band recorded their next album over two months at Track Record in North Hollywood, California. Smash was the band’s final studio album to be produced by Thom Wilson, who had worked with them since their 1989 eponymous debut. This also marks the first album where Dexter Holland is credited with playing the guitar as opposed to vocals only.

Smash was the Offspring’s introduction into worldwide popularity, and produced a number of hit singles, including “Come Out and Play”, “Self Esteem”, and “Gotta Get Away”. Along with Green Day’s Dookie, Smash was responsible for bringing punk rock into the mainstream, and helped pave the way for the emerging pop punk scene of the 1990s. As a fan favorite, the album received generally positive reviews from critics and garnered attention from major labels, including Columbia Records, with whom the band would sign in 1996.

Peaking at number four on the US Billboard 200, Smash has sold over eleven million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling album released by an independent record label; it was also the first Epitaph release to obtain gold and platinum status. In the United States, Smash has sold over six million copies and has been certified six times platinum by the RIAA.

  1. “Time to Relax” (Intro) 0:25
  2. “Nitro (Youth Energy)” 2:27
  3. “Bad Habit” 3:43
  4. “Gotta Get Away” 3:52
  5. “Genocide” 3:33
  6. “Something to Believe In” 3:17
  7. “Come Out and Play” 3:17
  8. “Self Esteem” 4:17
  9. “It’ll Be a Long Time” 2:43
  10. “Killboy Powerhead” 2:02
  11. “What Happened to You?” 2:12
  12. “So Alone” 1:17
  13. “Not the One” 2:54
  14. “Smash” 10:42

Greg K. – Bass guitar, backing vocals (uncredited for backing vocals)
Dexter Holland – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Noodles – Lead guitar, backing vocals
Ron Welty – Drums
Jason “Blackball” McLean – additional vocals on “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” (uncredited, but mentioned on Greatest Hits)