🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Offspring

Let’s begin the 3rd century shall we…

Siouxsie & The Banshees get a decent score

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

And today:

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  • The Offspring
  • Ignition
  • Smash
  • Ixnay On The Hombre
  • Americana
  • Conspiracy Of One
  • Splinter
  • Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace
  • Days Go By

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  • I’ll Be Waiting
  • Come Out And Play
  • Self Esteem
  • Gotta Get Away
  • Bad Habit
  • Kick Him When He’s Down
  • Smash It Up
  • All I Want
  • Gone Away
  • Cool To Hate
  • The Meaning Of Life
  • I Choose
  • Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
  • Why Don’t You Get A Job?
  • The Kids Aren’t Alright
  • She’s Got Issues
  • Totalimmortal
  • Original Prankster
  • Want You Bad
  • Million Miles Away
  • Defy You
  • Hit That
  • (Can’t Get My) Head Around You
  • Spare Me The Details
  • Can’t Repeat
  • Next To You
  • Hammerhead
  • You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
  • Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?
  • Half-Truism
  • Days Go By
  • Cruising California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)
  • Turning Into You
  • Coming For You

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Smash coincided with us getting cable when I was a kid and I gorged on MTV that summer. They used to absolutely rinse the Self Esteem video and liked it a lot at the time, the album too. Since then, less so. Dunno if I’ve heard a note of their music this millennium. 2 for the memories.

2/5, fun but pretty rubbish really. They really bring back memories of high school. I was in yr 7 when Americana came out and those big singles were everywhere. They used to have on of the music videos channels on in the youth wing and we’d pile in there at lunchtime to watch whatever was on, and invariably the video for Why Don’t You Get a Job? would be on.

Anyway, don’t listen to them at all, but they’re good for a nostalgic hit


Some bangers and some absolutely unforgivable dross. Gone for a generous 3.

Used to get them and the Prodigy confused when I was really little (name-wise, obviously didn’t think they sound alike). In secondary school some mates passed me their greatest hits which was the first I’d listened to them (aside from hearing Pretty Fly on the radio etc) and I went through a long phase of rinsing it. But wouldn’t stick it on now apart from a really small number of tracks. Stuff like Pretty Fly, Get A Job, Original Prankster, Hit That is just embarrassing

Difficult to choose between Can’t Get My Head Around You, Can’t Repeat and The Kids Aren’t Alright for favourite track.






Gone for 3 but that’s entirely nostalgia fuelled. Americana and Smash were albums that me and my mates just loved at the time, there was a good six months when we all just agreed it was the pinnacle of music, a take I can’t say I entirely agree with now.


I think a generous 3, mainly for Smash. Like rich said ^ Americana was absolutely huge at my school when I was about 14 but it’s mostly not very good. Still listen to Smash sometimes, but pretty sure they stopped existing at some point.


Even at the height of me loving this kind of thing The Offspring were only “fine” and I get absolutely no nostalgia from them these days. Its a 2 for me.


Basically smashmouth. 1.


Awful. One of the most annoying voices in music. That “that’s the way things go” song is up there with that Pink “na na na” song as the most annoying of all time.



Just say no! to pop punk.


Big soft spot as they were my younger brother’s favourite band when we were growing up. Even Americana (feat Pretty Fly and Why Don’t You Get A Job) had some great stuff on there - the title track and Staring At The Sun spring to mind.

Caught them headlining Reading at near that time and spend the whole time drunkenly crowd-surfing. Think that Self Esteem might be my first ever crowd surf.

It isn’t like I ever listen to them now, but they could be trusted to put a smile on the face of a nu-metal goth-adjacent-teen-me.

Nothing after Americana exists, obviously.

A generous 4.


Tied into a lot of happy memories for me. Sharing their music, going to gigs. This was around the Americana/Conspiracy of One era when they were leaning into full stupid but there was definitely a period when The Offspring were the more credible option amongst their contempories, which is quite lol. Probably something to do with Smash being the biggest independent selling record of all time.

How good are they really? Now? Terrible.
How good are they in that fuzzy nostalgic place in my mind? Fantastic
Generous 4



Conspiracy of One, along with Green Day’s International Super Hits, was the first CD I ever bought. Don’t think I’d heard any of their music before but my brother told me to and I wanted to be cool. So now all those songs are imprinted on my brain and if they come on when I’ve had a drink I have a real good time. Subsequently went back to Smash and Ixnay and loved those as well. Steered me into skateboarding and a bit of healthy rebellion against parents. Also I drew a lot of flaming skulls. But then Splinter was the only release after Conspiracy to register and I wasn’t into it, had gone onto the White Stripes by then.

3 for the memories


Gave them a 3

Absolutely loved smash as a teen. Saw them live a few times with all my school mates around that time. We cut our jeans off to make wierd knee length shorts and drew all over them to wear at the gigs.

Proper fond memories but haven’t listened to any of their recent stuff.

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gone a generous three. of all the massive breakout albums from that scene / time, think smash has aged the worst (and it was never as good as dookie /out come the wolves in the first place)