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The Offspring
The Offspring performing in 2008 in Fortaleza, Brazil
Pictured: Greg K., Dexter Holland, Andrew Freeman and Noodles
Background information
Also known as Manic Subsidal (1984–1986)
Origin Huntington Beach, California, United States
Genres Punk rock, pop punk, skate punk, alternative rock, ska punk, hardcore punk (early)
Years active 1984–present
Labels Columbia, Black Label, Nemesis, Epitaph, Nitro
Associated acts Face to Face, Saves the Day, Steady Ground, Angels & Airwaves, Moth, Social Distortion, Hot Mess, Thirty Stones
Members Dexter Holland
Greg K.
Pete Parada
Past members Doug Thompson
Jim Benton
James Lilja
Ron Welty
Adam "Atom" Willard

The Offspring is an American punk group formed in 1984 in Garden Grove, California. Their music has covered both punk rock and pop punk.

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The band was founded by Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel after a concert of Social Distortion as "Manic Subsidal". As soon as Kevin "Noodles" Wassermann joined the band as their second guitarist in 1985, they changed their name to "The Offspring".

It would not be until ten years after forming that The Offspring saw its first piece of commercial success in its third album, Smash, which was released in 1994. Regarded by many as The Offspring's classic release, and Epitaph Records' best-selling album, Smash produced four successful hit singles: "Come Out and Play" (which reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart), "Self Esteem", "Gotta Get Away" and the radio-only single "Bad Habit". From there, The Offspring became one of the most important punk bands of the 1990s.

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