He was a Scottish cholo from Whittier. He wound up doing it in the video, too. Back then I was a grad student and I was commuting to school everyday in a shitty car, driving through East L. Gangland central. I was there the day of the L. So I decided to write a song about it. And we cut it close. The last two nights I still had four songs left to do. I was there until five in the morning trying to get everything done.
But it was definitely clear to me. It was in heavy rotation, for sure. It got a really good response from listeners. I know I was calling every time I heard it! I remember right around that time we were playing a snowboarding contest in Valdez, Alaska, opening for Pennywise. Holland: We started getting a lot of strange attention. I was living in this tiny apartment in L.
Noodles: Up until Smash I was a janitor. Head custodian at Earl Warren Elementary School. Actually, when Smash came out I was still there. I promised my boss I would finish out the school year! We had a song on the radio in heavy rotation and I was still sweeping up after little kids. Holland: I was pursuing a Ph. And then I put it on hold. My professor thought I was making a terrible mistake. And we had to see it through. We had some groups on Epitaph that were bigger than others, but none of them had ever crossed over into mainstream acceptance.
Not even close. What the Offspring did was leapfrog over everybody. Which was unheard of. We all crammed into his garage and covered the walls with mylar, like what you see in helium balloons. It was a million degrees in there. Then we brought in a big fan. So this reflective plastic was kinda blowing around while we played. I think most of the budget was spent on beer and meat for the barbeque after the shoot.
By the end we were playing 5,seaters. I think we did over shows for that record. Gurewitz: It was overwhelming and kind of scary.
At the time Epitaph was a company of maybe five or six people, myself included. And we had to meet this incredible demand. We had Offspring records filling my entire building on Santa Monica Blvd. Then we had another building downtown that was also filled, and rental space in external buildings. At one point the thing started selling so fast that we made an arrangement for the pressing plant to start shipping directly to the central warehouses of the major record chains, bypassing the distributors entirely.
It was just this huge sucking sound of Offspring records being pulled out of the pressing plants and poured into the stores. It also played into my decision to leave Bad Religion. I was 32 years old, and it felt like the universe was telling me this was the optimal time to make a change. They like the song.
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Track Record , North Hollywood, California. It helped fanzines and magazines. It raised the sea level within the whole punk community. There are distributors in Europe and Australia that cite that time as the period when their companies grew and they were given the opportunity to establish themselves. So it had a very powerful knock-on effect. The success we had came off our own legs. We had to get jump-started on our own. I loved that time. It was an amazing thing to be a part of.
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