Offspring helped bring punk to the masses with their 1994 album To break, but they weren’t an overnight success. It was their third album overall and the second for Epitaph, following their 1989 self-titled LP and the 1992 one. Ignitionan album that saw the band grow from their rawer punk roots into the world-conquering band they were soon to become. Ignition turns 30 this year, and we’ve teamed up with the band on a new limited edition marigold vinyl for the occasion. Only 500 copies exist, and the only place to get one is in our stores, so pre-order yours now as long as they last.
We have included two songs from Ignition on our recent kist of The Offspring’s best deep cuts, including “Kick Him When He’s Down” (which was released as a radio single only after To break took off) and the even better “Get It Right”. Here is what we wrote about the latter:
“Kick Him When He’s Down” was not a wrong choice among Ignition go out as a single in To break‘s wake, but they should have chosen “Get It Right”. The song originally appeared as the opening track of their 1991 EP Baghdad — the record that apparently convinced Brett Gurewitz to sign The Offspring — and it’s not hard to hear what Brett saw in them after hearing that song. Sounds like the blueprint for To breakwith a furious rhythm section, their now-iconic hummable riffing style, soaring whoah-ohs, an arena-sized chorus followed by another one arena-sized choir…it’s unstoppable. To break was a gigantic leap from anything The Offspring had released before it, which always reminds you a bit when you listen pre-To break Offspring, except with this song. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it wasn’t really a success.
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