This year The Offspring have been performing Smash in its entirety to mark the 20th anniversary of the album. Tomorrow (August 30th), fans will get to watch the band’s show in Chula Vista, California on Yahoo Live (via Live Nation) at 9:45PM PST, which you will be able to watch by CLICKING HERE. Yahoo Live stream concerts every single day, and you can then watch the show on a loop for the next 24 hours.
Below are some recent quotes from Dexter Holland and Noodles looking back at recording Smash and its legacy.
Dexter Holland: We’re out now 20 years later, playing ‘Smash,’ and people are singing along to songs we haven’t played in years, and deep cuts off the record. It’s really lasted. (Source: SFExaminer Interview)
Dexter Holland: [Lyrically on the album I was singing about] girls, guns, gangs, your friend getting on drugs, that kind of stuff. But because the album was written so quickly, and we weren’t sophisticated enough to use anything more than loud guitars, there’s a cohesiveness to it, I guess. It’s a moment in time, the way some good records are. (Source: SFExaminer Interview)
Noodles: [The 20th anniversary] is weird and it’s hard to actually fathom what that means. So many of those songs have been with us the whole time, so it’s kind of like hanging out with an old friend. You don’t see the aging. So songs like “Self Esteem” and “Come Out and Play” still seem new, because we play them every night. (Source: SevenDays Interview)
Noodles: I didn’t like [the original “Self Esteem” idea] at first, when we first started doing it, then it changed and became “Self Esteem” and I was on board with it, and loved it. (Source: Beez Says Interview)
Dexter Holland: [In “Self Esteem”] the thing where late at night she knocks on my door was real, and practicing all the things you would say was a funny thing that had happened before. (Source: Radio.com Interview)
Noodles: Come Out and Play was the last song written for the record. When I heard ‘Blackball’ on that, I just started cracking up. I loved that immediately. I do remember rehearsing that and kind of working out how to play the main riff over the kind of oriental line, the Middle Eastern riff. (Source: Beez Says Interview)
Dexter Holland: I liked the main riff, but musically it bounces around a lot. The verses are kind of like a rap almost, more spoken than sung. And then there’s that Middle Eastern riff or whatever you want to call it, which is very Southern California, going all the way back to Dick Dale, and we’d messed with some of that stuff in previous records. I guess I was trying to come up with something in a different way, that would grab you with all these elements. (Source: Radio.com Interview)
Noodles: The one thing that I’m really proud of with that record is that we kept it independent throughout the whole cycle, and I think it’s the number 1 selling independent record of all time, and I think it’ll stay that. (Source: Beez Says Interview)
Dexter Holland: When we were in the studio I think there was something going on, we kind of felt like wow, this is a big step up for us. (Source: Beez Says Interview)
Noodles: It’s kind of fun for us [to play the whole album now], and indulgent for us, to do. Like, ‘Okay, we’re going to do every song on this record, **** you!'” (Source: Beez Says Interview)