119. The Offspring

119. The Offspring
With the music world looking for Alternative superstars, the table was set for the Offspring’s brand of Punk, Pop and Metal to be a hit. They came across like overnight sensations (they weren’t) and their 1994 album, Smash, remains the best selling independent album in history. They would become known for their sarcastic and fun lyrics and always rooted their themes that were easily identifiable. This made them very accessible for a band that was still labelled as Alternative. The question that the Hall of Fame voters will pose is was this band “serious” enough for them to be included. The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2014 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Huntington Beach, CA) Why They Will Get In: They achieved a level of success and popularity that few other Alternative bands can match. Why They Won’t Get In: The band was fun instead of dark and brooding. The Hall tends to prefer the latter. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Smash (1994) Ixnay on the Hombre (1997) Americana (1998) Splinter (2003) Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Self Esteem (From Smash, 1994) Gone Away (From Ixnay on the Hombre, 1997) Pretty Fly for a White Guy (From Americana, 1999) Why Don’t You Get A Job? (From Americana, 1999) Hit That (From Splinter, 2003){acepolls 635}

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