Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Apparently the Offspring could keep 'em separated no longer. Greatest Hits gathers every one of the band's modern rock radio warhorses into one place. It also tacks on a new song called "Can't Repeat," which despite its name is a repeat of the 1998 single "Kids Aren't Alright." After the new opener the set moves chronologically, so its songs are like bullet points on a time line of radio and MTV in the 1990s. The breakthrough Smash hits start it out: the surf guitar wrangle "Come Out and Play," the Nirvana-baiting of "Self Esteem," and "Gotta Get Away." "All I Want" from 1997's Ixnay on the Hombre is next, and then it's the sluggish, echoing arena punk of "Gone Away." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Apparently the Offspring could keep 'em separated no longer. Greatest Hits gathers every one of the band's modern rock radio warhorses into one place. It also tacks on a new song called "Can't Repeat," which despite its name is a repeat of the 1998 single "Kids Aren't Alright." After the new opener the set moves chronologically, so its songs are like bullet points on a time line of radio and MTV in the 1990s. The breakthrough Smash hits start it out: the surf guitar wrangle "Come Out and Play," the Nirvana-baiting of "Self Esteem," and "Gotta Get Away." "All I Want" from 1997's Ixnay on the Hombre is next, and then it's the sluggish, echoing arena punk of "Gone Away." "And it FEELS! And it FEELS LIKE! Heaven's so far away!" With that comes the switch, when Offspring tailed away from punk relativism into hyper, referential snark. "Pretty Fly For a White Guy" and "Why Don't You Get a Job?" get points for anticipating U.S. pop culture's slide into reality TV madness and unsafe I Want a Famous Face-style obsessions -- they have the shouty sheen of a daytime talk show and revel in empty trends and opportunism. As actual songs they're somewhat gimmicky, but in a greatest-hits context they're noteworthy snapshots. The swaggering guitars, Latin inflections, and references to Prozac and Chino make 2000's "Conspiracy of One" Los Angeles product, and Offspring fans will note the inclusion of 2001's "Defy You," originally part of the Orange County soundtrack. Greatest Hits ends with two tracks from 2003's Splinter, and "Hit That"'s boppy baby daddy drama combines the Offspring's smart alecky cultural cynicism with a raucous distortion chorus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969345924
  • Catalog Number: 93459
  • Sales rank: 2,926

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Offspring Primary Artist
Derrick Davis Flute
Josh Freese Drums
Jack Grisham Vocals
Dexter Holland Vocals
Ron Welty Drums
Ronnie King Keyboards
Davey Havok Vocals
Gabrial McNair Horn
Greg K. Bass
Phil Jordan Horn
Jim Lindberg Vocals
Nika Futterman Frost Vocals
Jason Blackball McLean Vocals
Heidi Villagran Vocals
Technical Credits
The Offspring Composer
Bryan Carlstrom Engineer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Dave Jerden Producer
Joe McGrath Engineer
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Ken Paulakovich Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Jerry Finn Producer
Billy Bowers Engineer
Fred Hidalgo Art Direction
Storm Thorgerson Art Direction
Sean Evans Art Direction
Frank Kozik Illustrations
Alan Forbes Illustrations
Karl Egsieker Engineer
Chris Higgins Engineer
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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    Excellent Hits Album!

    This is probably one of the best greatest hits albums I have ever come across! I have liked Offspring since I can remember, most particularly their older stuff. This greatest hits contains basically just about every one of my absolute favorite older songs by them. The only song I would probably have to say this album is missing, as a couple of other reviewers mentioned, is probably She's Got Issues. It is a favorite, but not an absolute favorite though, so I can deal. It could just be download the song on iTunes or something. I have seen very few greatest hits albums as great as this one! Super cool! An essential CD from a great punk/rock band! Pick it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2010

    Good but missing some stuff

    Like the last reviewer said, a good collection but missing some essentials. Adding to the list, a great song like "She's Got Issues" should be on there as well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    WOW WHAT A COOL CD

    I JUST BOUGHT IT TODAY AND THE SONGS ARE COOL GREAT SOUND QUALITY MY FAVORITE SONGS ON THE CD ARE KEEP EM SEPERATED SELFESTEM AND PRETTY FLY FOR A WHITE GUY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OFFSPRING GREATEST

    all of offspring is great but this album combines offrisprings greats for the exception of BAD HABBIT butif your looking to get the best of offspring with out spending the money this ablum is THE ONE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesom

    This CD rocks it is their best cd yet, though pretty fly didnt seem to fit in with the rest of the tracks GET THIS NOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    missing songs

    Good selection of songs but is missin good songs like Bad Habit and Come Out Swingin that need to be on it

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