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Manic Subsidal is the original name of "The Offspring". They changed the name in 1986 slightly before the release of the I'll Be Waiting/Blackball 7''. The only known studio track recorded as Manic Subsidal is Hopeless featured on We Got Power Part II: The Party Animal (1985). The other known titles of the songs are Cogs, which lately gave base to Gotta Get Away and Sorority Bitch (a 1:30 long rehearsal found on Americana DVD).

The original members of The Offspring who formed Manic Subsidal were Dexter Holland (first at drums, then guitar) and Greg Kriesel (bass). The other members included were Doug Thompson (vocals) and Jim Benton (drums). After Doug's departure, Dexter got on vocals and they continued as a three-piece. Year later (1985) Jim Benton was replaced by James Lilja and Noodles joined on guitar. This line-up recorded Hopeless. They changed the name to The Offspring in 1986.

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