The Offspring: A Terrible Band
As I was eating my $6 slice of pizza I thought to myself, what a pleasant day it's been so far. I caught at least 15 minutes of six acts and the quality ranged from pretty good to really, really good.
And then came the Offspring.
This festival is heavy on '90s alt-rock, which makes sense because the teenagers then are the young adults with disposable income now. Foo Fighters have maintained superstar status for more than a decade, Nine Inch Nails have stayed relevant and have a (scarily) devoted fan base. Stone Temple Pilots are getting on the reunion train. But ... the Offspring?
The band's appeal can probably best be summed up by the dude - or bro, if you will - standing in front of me in the "Win or lose, we still booze" t-shirt who threw up devil horns at the conclusion of each one of the band's big, stupid songs. How could a guy who was so close to getting his PhD in molecular biology (singer Dexter Holland) write such mindless, aggressively simple and stupid songs?
That's not to say that hits of yesteryear like "Gotta Get Away" and "Come Out and Play" aren't catchy, but it's in the worst kind of catchy. Actually that should be reserved for "Why Don't You Get a Job?" the "Ob-La-Di" ripoff that like many of the band's songs relies on cheap, expletive-filled lyrics to get its lowest common denominator appeal.
I'd leave and go somewhere else but experiencing 40 minutes of this has caused my brain to lose most of its functions, rendering me incapable of walking.
And I wrote all of this BEFORE they played "Pretty Fly For a White Guy."
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