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The Offspring

The Offspring: Ixnay on the HombreIxnay on the Hombre (1997)
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I was in an Offspring mood. So I popped in Ignition and Ixnay on the Hombre - two incredible albums that really had gotten me into punk rock when a few years ago. Looking through the reviews index, I noticed all the Offspring albums have at one point or another been reviewed - with the exception of .
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I was in an Offspring mood. So I popped in Ignition and Ixnay on the Hombre - two incredible albums that really had gotten me into punk rock when a few years ago. Looking through the reviews index, I noticed all the Offspring albums have at one point or another been reviewed - with the exception of this one and their 1989 self-titled release. I flipped a coin and decided to review this. I always wanted to do a review because I noticed some kid was mentioning how Blink182 were better than The Offspring, and that enraged me. See, this is me enraged.

The Offspring had just left Epitaph, because good 'ol Mr. Brett was supposedly trying to control their music and make them "the poster boys of punk rock", which is what Dexter Holland and the rest of The Offspring didn't want. So they signed at Columbia Records for less money - but this didn't stop some people from already calling them sellouts (and boy would they have fun when they later released Americana... insert somewhat bitter smile). Anyway, so what's this album all about? It's a mix of some pop-punk and hardcore punk that The Offspring is so known for. The sound was actually a bit more similar to Ignition, rather than Smash... albeit a tad poppier sounding.

The album starts out with very generic Offspring sounding songs. I really don't want to use the word 'generic', but there is no other way to describe it. But trust me, I mean that in the best way possible, because from about 1993-1997, I'd say the generic Offspring song is probabaly the most interesting and best music you would really ever hear on the radio (well, more like 1995-1997 then).

What makes this album standout are the singles, which ironically was the reason Americana failed so miserably in the mind of many close-minded punks including myself. What were the singles to Ixnay, you must ask? Gone Away, I Choose, and All I Want. There might have been another, but I'm not positive. Point being, these three songs are fucking incredible and there's nothing else anyone can say to that.

Gone Away is one of the saddest songs I've heard in my life, and this is coming from a punk band. I Choose, on the other hand, is a song that features Dexter's incredible songwriting ability. It even took me a little while to understand the true meaning of this song. As for All I Want, that's a very generic punk song. But once again, I use generic in a good sense because, let's face it, everyone loves the good generic punk song about how you hate your family and you just want to live your life.

Another standout song, in my opinion, is Amazed which is the second to last song on the album. It's another tear-jerker! Well, I mean, if you are a very sensitive person. Other songs like Leave it Behind and Change the World help fill this very good track list, which is one of the first and still best punk rock albums I've heard.

 

 
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SoldOut (May 8, 2012)

Three words: All I Want

nedsammy (January 29, 2012)

Didn't dig the slower, sadder tracks when I got it all those years ago, but it had some quality frigging songs. Change the World and I Choose are still fantastic, and of course the ones from the Crazy Taxi soundtrack...

devianter (October 28, 2010)

their best album

weffjebster (February 1, 2008)

I occasionally listened to the Offspring because of Smash.

I regularly listen to the Offspring because of Ixnay on the Hombre.

facetofacereunion08 (April 12, 2007)

i hate mr. brett.

ffgamer3456 (October 23, 2006)

I also think that gone away is a very sad song it it is extremely sad that ppl make fun of it. He expressed the loss of his wife by writing a song that I personally like very well. It must have been very depressing, especially when that song can still be heard.

fletcher70 (October 19, 2006)

album that followed "smash"....still some great tracks but on major label so 3 or 4 written for radio play

gwendes (April 16, 2005)

Soundtrack to Crazy Taxi

Excellent!

Has anyone else heard ' I hate the DUCKS and I hate the GEESE' in 'Cool to Hate'... joke

Way Down the Line is the best and still makes me angry how true it is...

GREAT GREAT GREAT

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

Gone Away. It's the most POWERFUL song I've every heard. It's about Dexter's first wife and mother to his daughter. His wife died in a car accident not long after Smash came out. He wrote this song about her. It makes me so sad, to think about how he must have felt. The pain he had to endure. It sounds stupid maybe...but it's so incredibly heart felt. He wasn't writing for the radio guys...he was writing from his soul. So...I hate when people make fun of that song, because it's so dissrespectful...and it's about something that could kill any of us.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

good exampel, that good records could be released on majors too....

FuckArmageddon77 (March 13, 2003)

I haven't dragged this album out and listened to it in years. The only standout song I recall is "Meaning of Life" and the cool Jello Biafra intro (Why, Jello? Why?!)

This was the beginning of the end of the Offspring for me. This was about the time when it seemed like they stopped writing songs for their punk rock fans and started writing songs for the radio. They've got the obligatory punk rock Bad Religion derived songs here and there, a Jane's Addiction sounding song, a U2 Sounding song..."Come on guys, we need a single!"

Bleh.

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

Boo hiss Guerwitz is your pagan god.

Anonymous (April 20, 2002)

This album is, in my opinion, Offspring's best. On just the first song you hear their incredible talent with Meaning Of Life.

I like almost every song on this CD, but someof them I don't like very much. Like with one of their songs Gone Away, although a good song, it's slow and boring. I Choose has a good, catchy tune, but I'm really looking for punk.

But there are some songs that are really good. All I Want is an awesome fast paced song, Change The World isn't so much punk but it's chorus is undeniably good. Way Down The Line is also one frickin good song. It's just so catchy.

All in all, Ixnay On The Hombre is a VERY good CD and is definately worth buying

Anonymous (December 6, 2001)

Have you heard their new song? I swear, it sounds exactly like Linkin Park in one place, no joke. They were real influential in the giant blowing-up of punk in '94, but I really think they should've stayed underground.

-Sr. Potpourri

punk_kid (July 30, 2001)

All I Want is a great song.

Anonymous (July 30, 2001)

me and my old lady is the only song i still listen to.- fathead

Anonymous (July 28, 2001)

It's marriage that ruined them. Damn happiness.

Anonymous (July 28, 2001)

offspring's best and last good album.

layawayplan (July 28, 2001)

Mota!

Anonymous (July 27, 2001)

cool to hate was a good song on this album too, i think that it has one of the best lines ever
"i hate high school, i hate the cheerleaders and everyone that is cool"
or something like that, i cant find the cd to be sure.

melcher (July 27, 2001)

Unlike you people. I am a die hard Offspring fan. I love all of their albums. Sure the last two are more poppier, but there is still descent punk songs, and during the poppy songs there are punkish-like guitars. the other albums were better, but these are still good. Offspring is great

Anonymous (July 27, 2001)

Baaaaaaaaaaaaadddddddddddddddddddd

Anonymous (July 27, 2001)

Buy their first 3 albums. This is around the time Offspring hit their slump. Don't even think of buying the new album, even the band is sick of their recent albums. I give S/T, Ignition, and Smash a 10, I'll give this an 8 just cause their live show was still pretty good around this time.

coldjuly (July 27, 2001)

This is a great CD..Its just fuckin fast, to the point and shows you that the offspring at least used to be good. Go buy their first 4 albums..

guitarer1c2 (July 27, 2001)

This CD, in my opinion, is the Offspring at their best. Unfortunately, I think that the Offspring at their best is still a lot worse than a ton of bands out there. I really dislike Dexter's voice so that kinda decreases the fun factor for me. This is worth buying, if only for the songs "Meaning of Life," "All I Want," and "Change the World."

Anonymous (July 27, 2001)

Wow..that's pretty interesting. I actually thought this was easily the offsprings worst album. Gone Away wouldn't sound out of place on Monster ballads. But hey, if you guys like it, you must really like their other albums.

maverick (July 27, 2001)

You really got this review right. I adore this album, it's the one I listen to the most out of all of their CDs. From Jello Biafra's introduction, to the intermission, to all the great songs like "Mota" and "All I Want," this CD rules. I put it in a few weeks ago after misplacing it for some time, and was surprised to realize that I still knew every single word. This is a great punk rock album, whether it's the Offspring or not.
-Scott

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