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With the exception of their initial breakthrough with SMASH, The Offspring has always got a bad rap for one reason or another. Being commercially successful immediately casts off any punk or indie credibility. Not only that, no less than one half of their roster (Dexter and Greg K.) could have quit their jobs as musicians at any time and fallen back on a "real job", given their outstanding academic and professional pedigrees. Finally, there was plenty of pop to go along with the punk and rock on Americana. All these ingredients add up to poison for many of the folks who dole out the street cred.
Dexter summed the record up pretty well in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle back in 1998: "The songs on Americana aren't condemnations, they're short stories about the state of things and what we see going on around us. We want to expose the darker side of our culture. It may look like an episode of Happy Days out there in America, but it feels more like Twin Peaks." I couldn't have put it better myself - this decade was one typified false pretenses and forced smiles.
"The truth about the world is that crime does pay," Dexter says in the second half of the mini-suite "Have You Ever". As Shakespeare said, brevity is the soul of wit.Read more ›
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Its energy that comes not from youth but from life. Eddie Vedder was only partially correct when he said ALL THATS SACRED COMES FROM YOUTH.Americana is the true total sum of the feeling of punk , inspiration , pent up anger and love.....
Way back when it came out , I purchased this record with a view to buy something worthwhile.You can say it was my first ROCK album. Did it Rock? Not! Did I Headbang? Not! DId I fly? HELL YEAH!
The Album starts with a polite welcome which leans into HAVE YOU EVER which makes you think you've entered a room as such which the lyrics speak about."Staring at the sun" starts just when you think you're still but your mind and heart is pacing faster than ever."PRetty Fly.." Is something you can choose to love or hate but it will always be there, "Kids arent alright" is something that totally seems to heat things up and its a song a lot of NON OFFSPRING FANS appreciate too. Someone said "Feelings" was a filler.I think its a decent tune all the same."Shes Got Issues" Is just about as catchy as they come. Its a great funny song we all can relate to sometime in our lives.Track 8,9 carry on NO BRAKES which is a great straight out energy filled track."why dont you get a job?" is the reason I purchased this CD. "Americana" Is simply awesome with its brute and energy topped riffs.
Pay the man is something I choose to dedicate a paragraph too.Read more ›
The case came without the cover, that was disappointing, but it was used. As long as the cd works that's what matters.
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Actually, this album was my introduction to The Offspring, which is no surprise. The album was a smash hit, rising to number two on the Billboard Top 200, and staying there for two... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Doesn't mean that it's not punk doesn't mean you can't listen to it. Sure, it's nowhere near as good as classics like Ignition, Smash, and Ixnay on the Hombre, but it's still... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jimothy
Really takes me.back... this is a severely underrated band... love itPublished 4 months ago by Darren wethington
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