Whatever Happened To '90s Band The Offspring?

With an instantly recognizable sound positioned somewhere between punk and alt-rock, The Offspring was a musical force throughout the 1990s and 2000s. However, since that time, the group doesn't seem to be as prolific as they once were.

Like many hit '90s bands, The Offspring haven't vanished; they continue to rock out together and are still very punk. Their more recent output hasn't achieved the mass appeal of their earlier work, but few groups understand the natural ebb and flow of the music industry better than this one; after all, they were a band for ten years before hitting it big with Smash in 1994.

Hailing from Garden Grove, CA, singer and guitarist Bryan "Dexter" Holland and bassist Greg Kriesel formed the band after getting rowdy at a tumultuous 1984 Social Distortion concert. When a couple of early members left, guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman joined, as did drummer James Lilja. Lilja was later replaced by Ron Welty, who was subsequently swapped out for Pete Parada (the band's drummer as of 2019).

While it's hard to imagine The Offspring replicating the success of Smash, or the pop-punk mainstream stylings of 1998's Americana, the band has been featured in a variety of video games, recorded an original track for the Sharknado movies, and one member even got a Ph.D. in molecular biology. This direction may not be traditionally punk, but the band still rocks just as hard as it did in decades past. 

  • They're Still Touring

    They're Still Touring
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    The Offspring may be slow to release newly recorded material, but they continue to hit the road in support of their extensive catalog of music. In fact, touring appears to be what's kept the band busiest over the years.

    Starting in 1989 and continuing on-and-off until 2019, the band has embarked on a whopping 22 tours - comprised of thousands of live performances. 

  • Dexter Holland Got His PhD

    Dexter Holland Got His PhD
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    Enter Doctor Dexter! In 2017, Bryan "Dexter" Holland became a molecular biologist with the acceptance of his USC doctoral thesis entitledDiscovery of Mature MicroRNA Sequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity.

    Of the achievement, Holland said in a statement: "My research focused on the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. I am interested in virology and wanted to contribute in some small way to the knowledge which has been learned about HIV and AIDS."

  • They're Still Making Music

    They're Still Making Music
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    As of 2019, The Offspring has released nine albums, and the next one has seemingly been in the works since 2012's Days Go By. In 2015, the band released a standalone single entitled "Coming for You."

    Singer and guitarist Dexter Holland told the Mind Equals Blown website in 2017, the group has been "less active on the recording side for the last few years." However, he also insisted, "The band is number one for me and what I am most passionate about."

  • There Are Rumors Of More Albums

    There Are Rumors Of More Albums
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    In mid-2018, guitarist Noodles Wasserman suggested there may be two Offspring albums coming down the pike. For fans hungry to hear more of the band's music, this is welcome news and reinforces the group's commitment to continuing to work together. 

    Of the band's highly-anticipated new music, Wasserman told Music Feeds:

    We’ve been working… on and off on this record for five years, really. But we had a real productive string this year, in the earlier part of the year, we had probably five or six songs that we did just right then, and it started to feel like "maybe this is the direction we should be going with this record? A little bit more straightforward Offspring stuff." So, we have a whole record or more worth of stuff here - I think we’re looking at making two records out of it - you know, like, splitting 'em up and coming out with a pretty straightforward punk and rock record that sounds like us, and then maybe saving some of the crazier stuff for another record.