The Offspring remind me of youth, they seemed to be the anthem of everyone’s teenage dreams in the noughties. In our house they were forever being playing in my sister’s room, and on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 in mine. It was a minor rebellion to the pop that stunk up the charts. It almost makes me sad when you realise how irrelevant they are now as days go by.
Splinter contains one song which really brings back the memories, ‘Hit That.’ The track is a catchy number which shouldn’t really hold that much nostalgic value, but it was the combination with the rather surreal music video which keeps it playing through my mind. The video features a rather terrifying blue faced man chasing an equally creepy dog around a crummy estate, pretty hard to forget really. The only other music videos to stick with me over the years is Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ and The Offspring’s ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright.’ It seems the pop punk rockers had some good video producers working with them.
The rest of the album is a mix of upbeat punk and over polished moodier numbers, and an unusual 50’s style track ‘When You’re In Prison‘ wrapping it all up. None of it is as distinctive or fresh as their past output and it was the last time they would be playing anthems for teens. The new generation just don’t care.
An album to listen to when you know you want to hit that. Oof. Sorry, I have too many splinters in my head to think of anything else.