Danny V.'s Rock Blog: The Offspring’s “Ixnay on the Hombre” is 20!

February 6, 2017
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I am not big on anniversaries. Especially when it comes to music. I was more of the millennial generation, and because of that, most of the bands I listen to are younger. However, turning 30 at the end of last year, it hit me like a brick that most of my favorite bands are hitting pretty significant anniversaries. 

The biggest for me, happened over the weekend. “Ixnay on the Hombre”, the forth studio album by The Offspring turned 20 this weekend. Originally released February 4th, 1997. Now I know what you may be thinking. How is Ixnay your favorite band Danny? What about “Smash” or “Ignition”?

The Offspring have always been my favorite band, and being that the first album I actually bought on my own was “Americana”, it speaks to how I got into punk and rock music. I discovered it backwards. I didn’t actually listen to “Ixnay on the Hombre” until probably 2003, when I decided to look look into the discography of my favorite band and really sink my teeth into what they had done before. 

While “Smash” and “ignition”  were both, amazing albums in their own respect, something about “Ixnay on the Hombre” has always stood out for me. The humor of the album, starting straight from track 1 with “The Disclaimer” to songs like “Mota” about smoking weed and “Cool to Hate” giving the middle finger to everything, really outlined, to me at least, what The Offspring would go on to do with their more joke-type song in the future. But then having songs like “Gone Away” and “The Meaning of Life” to really balance out the track list. 

Two songs have always really stuck out to me on this album, the first being “All I Want”, which to me embodies the very reason I listen to punk rock to this day. Fast, ripping chords, double time drums, and cutting vocals. This song is literally enough to get your pulse going and get you ready for anything you might be going into. 

The second, literally being my favorite song by The Offspring and probably of all time, “I Choose”. This simple song really only has one guitar riff through the entire song, save the guitar solo. This simple song about growing up, really shows off how a simple riff can go such a long way in punk. Plus the awesomeness of the music video, back when airport security wasn’t a thing. Seriously, can you imagine this video being made, post 2001? Me either. 

This album means a lot to me and really is such an epic example of what The Offspring would do post signing with a major label AND proved that a band could still write a great album outside of a small label. 

What about you? Do you have a favorite song from “Ixnay on the Hombre”? Hell, do you have a favorite Offspring song or album in general? Share it with me below!

- Danny V. 

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