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The Offspring is a popular pop punk / alternative rock band, formed in 1984 by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Bryan "Dexter" Holland and bassist Greg Kriesel, inspired by a Social Distortion concert. In 1985 their school janitor, Noodles (Kevin Wasserman), joined on lead guitar with drummer James Lilja. Lilja later left before their first LP to become a gynecologist. Their second drummer, Ron Welty, played with The Offspring from their self titled debut album until the making of 'Splinter'. They hired Josh Freese to play the drums on that album, then brought in Atom Willard to go along on tour.
They have released eight studio albums so far: The Offspring (1989), Ignition (1992), Smash (1994), Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), Americana (1998), Conspiracy of One (2000) Splinter (2003), and Greatest Hits (2005).
The Offspring is also known as one of the first bands to allow downloads of their songs. 'Original Prankster' was the first song they released this way. The band was originally going to allow the rest of 'Conspiracy of One' to be downloaded for free from their website, in order to show The Offspring's support in downloading music. However, legal and copyright problems forbade them from doing so.
The Offspring is currently recording another studio album with producer Bob Rock. It is said to be released in 2008, with a world tour to follow.
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