220px-theoffspringamericanaalbumcoverThe Offspring – “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” – (1998)

The second biggest single from Americana, “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” is one of The Offspring’s better offerings. The video is interesting because it was shot on Universal’s backlot in California and features a lot of famous places from film and TV, like the square from Back to the Future

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#25 – The Offspring – “Come Out and Play” – (1994)

This was the first big single from The Offspring, who would get even bigger as the 90s progressed, peaking in about 1998-99 with “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” – and by “peaking” I don’t mean “the best they’ll get,” I mean in popularity. Smash was their third album and “Come Out and Play” (sometimes referred to by the common lyric “keep ’em separated”) was their first #1 on the Modern Rock chart. The Offspring have had a number of big hits over the years and this is among the best of them.

#110 – The Offspring – “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” – (1998)

First I must state for the record that I am a proud owner of this CD. Now, for a variety of reasons this song is quite strange. 1) This song was absolutely flippin’ huge – and as much as I watched MTV in the late 90s, I’ve somehow managed to have only seen the video once before today. 2) Now, this might just be me, but when I think of The Offspring, this isn’t necessarily the first song that jumps to my mind, but it should be, and it inevitably surfaces a few seconds later, with me wondering, “Why didn’t that happen sooner?” 3) It is very similar yet completely different from every other Offspring song – in a completely unexplainable way. Maybe it has something to do with the overwhelming mainstream commercial success (as compared to their other, successful but less mainstream hits). 4) The song samples the nonsensical German phrase from the beginning of Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages.”

Also from Americana, the rarely played “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” and the more popular “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” (the video to which I’ve seen much more of than “Pretty Fly”).