The Offspring ‎– The Offspring

Genre:
Style:
Year:
Notes:
This was The Offspring's first full-length studio album.

Originally released on June 15, 1989 on Nemesis (#NEM-006), only 5,000 copies of the vinyl were made at the time and it took the band two and a half years to sell them all. One of the copies was destroyed by Wally George at his show the Wally George Show in 1989, thus leaving only 4,999 copies available. Some copies also have the Cargo logo next to the Nemesis logo on the back cover. Compact cassettes were also released, but they are rare. The vinyl is now the most expensive piece of The Offspring's work as it is also the one of the rarest as it is no longer kept in stock by most media retailers.

The band also re-recorded the tracks "Blackball" and "I'll Be Waiting", which were originally released on a 7" double A-side vinyl record which was distributed by the band itself under the fictitious Black Label Records. The tracks were added to the album, so that it would not just be a 20+ minute mini-album.

Nitro/Epitaph reissued the album on CD (and again on vinyl and cassette) in 1995 after The Offspring gained fame with their third album "Smash", which was released the year before. This reissue features a different artwork instead of the original somewhat controversial "Guitar Alien" front cover artwork, designed by the late Marc Rude. It also had a different catalog number (#86460). This reissue has been out of print for years.

Nitro reissued the album on CD once again in 2001. It has the same cover as the 1995 reissue and was released as catalog number #15803 instead of #86460. The the last track, "Kill The President", is absent from this reissue (it features just the first ten tracks). According to frontman Dexter Holland, "Kill The President" was removed to prevent legal pressure falling upon the band and Nitro.

Versions (38)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Nem-006, Nemesis #6 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album) Nemesis Records (4), Nemesis Records (4) Nem-006, Nemesis #6 US 1989 Sell This Version
Nem-006 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass) Nemesis Records (4) Nem-006 US 1989 Sell This Version
Nemesis #6 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album) Nemesis Records (4) Nemesis #6 US 1989 Sell This Version
Nem-006 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, TP) Nemesis Records (4), Nemesis Records (4) Nem-006 US 1989 Sell This Version
86460-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album) Nitro Records (2) 86460-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
OXX 1529-1 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album) Paradoxx Music OXX 1529-1 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
6405-2, none The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RE) Nitro Records, Roadrunner Records 6405-2, none Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
86460-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RE) Nitro Records, Epitaph 86460-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
86460-4 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, M/Print, RE) Nitro Records, Epitaph 86460-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
none The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Takt Music (2) none 1995 Sell This Version
544 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music World (2) 544 Russia 1995 Sell This Version
86460-1, none The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Red) Epitaph, Nitro Records 86460-1, none US 1995 Sell This Version
86460-1 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, RE) Nitro Records 86460-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
904-2/2003 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Global Metal Records 904-2/2003 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
none The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) ГОБЛИН Records none Russia 1997 Sell This Version
15803-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album) Nitro Records 15803-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
15803-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RE) Nitro Records 15803-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
86460-1 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, RE) Nitro Records 86460-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
EICP 11 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RE) Epic EICP 11 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
NEMESIS #6 The Offspring The Offspring +(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Gre) Nemesis Records (4) NEMESIS #6 2014 Sell This Version
NTO00001 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Nitro Records NTO00001 US 2017 Sell This Version
CR00070 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, RE) Craft Recordings CR00070 US 2018 Sell This Version
0888072045989 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, RE) Craft Recordings, Nitro Records, Universal Music Group International 0888072045989 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
none The Offspring Beheaded(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Offspring) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
6405-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album) Nitro Records, Sum Records (2) 6405-2 Argentina Unknown Sell This Version
Nem #6 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RE) Nemesis Records (4) Nem #6 Unknown Sell This Version
0794171580323 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RE) Nitro Records, Universal Music Group International 0794171580323 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
15803-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RE) Nitro Records 15803-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
86460-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, RP) Nitro Records, Epitaph 86460-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
86460-2 The Offspring The Offspring(CD, Album, Unofficial) Nitro Records (2) 86460-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
86460-4 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album) Epitaph 86460-4 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
1018 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Piggymot Records 1018 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
704 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Audio Max 704 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
544 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music World (2) 544 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Offspring) none Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
E104 The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Offspring) E104 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none The Offspring The Offspring(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Fly Records (16) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
NEMESIS #6 The Offspring The Offspring(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Red) Nemesis Records (4) NEMESIS #6 Unknown Sell This Version

Recommendations

Reviews Show All 21 Reviews

Add Review

martindavey87

martindavey87

July 29, 2018
referencing The Offspring, CD, Album, RE, 86460-2

Did anyone listening to this in 1989 ever imagine that ten years later The Offspring would be one of the biggest bands on the planet? No? Didn’t think so. Crazy, isn’t it? It’s like Nickelback and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. All these bands who have these incredibly raw, obscure or unusual debuts that you always think will keep them firmly placed in the underground, yet they go on to worldwide fame. But that’s exactly what you get with ‘The Offspring’, the 1989 debut album of, uh, The Offspring.

With edgy and brash guitar playing, unpolished vocals and rather juvenile lyrics, this is an incredibly raw pop punk album, which doesn’t quite offer much in terms of potential. Sure, its energy is infectious, but the music lacks the melody and hooks that would give the band such monumental success on later releases. As a result, a lot of the music sounds pretty bland, and the vocals, seemingly directionless at times, just kind of sit on top, most times sounding like vocalist Dexter Holland is trying to squeeze too many words into a short space of time.

As a result, nothing really clicks with me here. The band will go on to write some absolute bangers, but most of the music here is very repetitive and consists of the same few guitar chords being strummed at a fast paced. ‘Beheaded’, ‘Jennifer Lost the War’ and ‘Kill the President’ are the only tracks I can even consider remotely memorable, but even then, I’ve already forgotten how they go.

If you’re expecting ‘Pretty Fly’ or ‘Original Prankster’ and other mainstream radio hits, then you have most definitely come to the wrong album, as this is an almost totally different band, and not for the better. ‘The Offspring’ pales in comparison to the bands later, more polished, melodic and catchier work, and as a result, is best kept for collectors and die-hard punk fans.
PeterHanes

PeterHanes

February 22, 2018
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, RE, CR00070
Confirmed that theres no Kill the President, just got one today
RiffDope

RiffDope

February 18, 2018
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, RE, CR00070
I just bought this and no, Kill The President is not featured on this release unfortunatly.
Mad.max

Mad.max

December 23, 2017
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Red, NEMESIS #6
Why this release in Red has been deleted from Discogs?
tomholt5150

tomholt5150

April 28, 2017
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu, NTO00001
i own a copy of this and bought it on RSD. i think it sounds good ok. do not think it's been remastered - but this record is cool as f*** regardless!
greekoldfan

greekoldfan

April 28, 2017
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu, NTO00001

4/5 stars since 11th track Kill The President is missing from this version. They should have included it, even unlisted.
Patti12

Patti12

April 25, 2017
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu, NTO00001
I'd love to hear about the sound quality as well.
MonkeyRobot

MonkeyRobot

April 24, 2017
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu, NTO00001
How does this sound? I bought it but haven't received it in the mail yet.
gilm0075

gilm0075

October 18, 2016
referencing The Offspring, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Red, NEMESIS #6
A bunch of copies come with no insert. The cover is reproduced well though.
da-philthy-1

da-philthy-1

January 20, 2016
referencing The Offspring +, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Gre, NEMESIS #6
How is the sound quality of this pressing? Im looking for a copy of this Offspring album, so I'm just curious how this specific pressing sounds.