1994 was the year that punk was thrust into the mainstream after years of underground popularity. Green Day opened the door earlier in the year and by the summer the Offspring was everywhere. This album, recorded on a shoestring budget, went on to become the biggest selling independent release of all time.
Fun Fact: Offspring was so tired of their fellow superstar punk rockers, Green Day, that they did very little television and mainstream press. They said every time they turned on the TV, they saw Billie Joe Armstrong so they didn’t want to replicate that.
Learn more about the album:
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