Punk Rock, probably more than any other genre of Rock is one where it’s ‘not cool’ to make it big, especially in the eyes of the fans. But I’m sure it beats being a school janitor! That’s the rags to riches story for Kevin ‘Noodles’ Wasserman, lead guitarist and ‘woah-oh’ ‘yea-ah yeaaa-ah’ backup singer of the Offspring. When 1994’s ‘Smash’ became the biggest selling independent release ever, Noodles was still the janitor at an elementary school in Garden Grove, CA. He promised the principal he’d finish out the school year. So ‘Come Out and Play’ and ‘Self-Esteem’ are blowing up everywhere, and here are 7th and 8th graders recognizing him while sprinkling sawdust on piles of puke.
Whether their sound changed, or my taste changed, it’s a shame they were never able to capture what they did on Smash again. BONUS CONTENT starts at 8:17 with a TON of examples of the Offspring
ripping off, sounding like other songs.
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Kudos to them for OPENING the Billboard music awards in 1994 with this song, and by the end, decided to NOT censor it (NSFW). As punk rock as that is, his T-shirt that reads ‘CORPORATE ROCK KILLS BANDS DEAD,’ is rather ironic considering they left Epitaph and signed a corporate rock’ contract with Columbia less than 2 years after this performance.
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