After failing to get into a Social Distortion show in 1984, he decided to form a band with friend and fellow cross-country teammate Greg Kriesel. That band, “Manic Subsidal,” would eventually become The Offspring.
The Offspring would later sign to Nemesis Records, for whom they recorded their first full length album entitled The Offspring in 1988 and released it in the following year. This album would eventually be re-issued on November 21, 1995 by Dexter’s own record label, Nitro Records.
In 1991, the band signed with Epitaph Records (home of Bad Religion, L7, NOFX and other similar bands). The band’s first album on Epitaph was Ignition. It was released in 1992.
The band’s last album for Epitaph Records was 1994’s Smash. The band then signed with Columbia Records (although Dexter claims that Brett Gurewitz, owner of Epitaph, sold the contract to Columbia), for whom they have released Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), Americana (1998), and Conspiracy Of One (2000).
Their seventh album, Splinter, was released on December 9, 2003. In March 2003, Dexter jokingly announced that it would be called Chinese Democracy, to spite Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses, whose highly anticipated album of the same name was constantly “in limbo.” Dexter said, “Axl ripped off my braids, so I ripped off his album title.”
Currently, a ninth studio album is being organised, and is due for release sometime in 2010.
Dexter was the valedictorian of his high school class and was a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California, however he declined to get his Ph.D. in favor of focusing on The Offspring. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, both from the University of Southern California.
Dexter married hairstylist Kristine Luna, who wrote some of the Offspring’s songs including “Session,” in 1995. He has a daughter, Alexa (born c. 1987), from a previous marriage.
In his personal time he enjoys flying, being a licensed pilot who has made a solo trip around the world in 10 days. He also recently participated in the 2006 Los Angeles Marathon, his charity of choice was the Innocence Project, a non-profit legal clinic that handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. Dexter finished 7900th with a time of 5:01.
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