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Americana
Studio album by The Offspring
Released November 17, 1998
Recorded 1998 at Eldorado Recording Studio in Burbank, California
Genre Punk rock
Length 43:35
Label Columbia
Producer Dave Jerden
Professional reviews
The Offspring chronology
Ixnay on the Hombre
(1997)
Americana
(1998)
Conspiracy of One
(2000)
Singles from Americana
  1. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Why Don't You Get a Job?"
    Released: 1999
  3. "The Kids Aren't Alright"
    Released: 1999
  4. "She's Got Issues"
    Released: 1999

Americana is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band The Offspring, released on November 17, 1998 (see 1998 in music). It debuted at 2 on the US Billboard 200 with around 174,000 copies sold in its first week,[1] and has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. This was their most successful album since their 1994 breakthrough Smash.

Some pressings of Americana are also enhanced CDs and contain the karaoke videos of "Staring at the Sun", "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and "Why Don't You Get a Job?", and the previous MTV music videos from its predecessor, Ixnay on the Hombre. Many of the lyrics are of unpleasant realities of American life.

Contents

Production and marketing

Americana was recorded in 1998 at Eldorado Recording Studio in Burbank, California, with Dave Jerden, who also produced Ixnay on the Hombre. This would be the last time the Offspring worked with Jerden.

Reception

Americana was released on November 17, 1998 and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[2] the highest position the band attained at the time, and so their highest thus far. Shortly after its release, the album was certified gold and then later platinum.[3]

The album received positive reviews, Michael Gallucci of Allmusic described the album as a "raucous ride through America as seen through the eyes of a weary, but still optimistic, young kid". Gallucci praised the music as "a hearty combination of poppy punk" and a "blend of salsa and alterna-rock sounds", stating the band's music was taking a different direction. The album received a rating of three out of five stars, while "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)", "Why Don't You Get a Job?", "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "She's Got Issues" earned The Offspring its heaviest airplay on MTV and radio stations to date.[4]

Track listing

All songs written by the Offspring except where noted.

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Welcome"     0:09
2. "Have You Ever"     3:56
3. "Staring at the Sun"     2:13
4. "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)"     3:08
5. "The Kids Aren't Alright"     3:00
6. "Feelings" (Parody/cover of Morris Albert's 1975 single) Morris Albert and Louis Felix-Marie Gaste, with lyrical parody by Dexter Holland 2:51
7. "She's Got Issues"     3:48
8. "Walla Walla"     2:57
9. "The End of the Line"     2:59
10. "No Brakes"     2:06
11. "Why Don't You Get a Job?" (A spoken interlude is heard after the song)   2:52
12. "Americana"     3:15
13. "Pay the Man"     10:19
  • "Pay the Man" ends at 8:08, followed by the hidden track "Pretty Fly (Reprise)" at 9:16 . The track is a mariachi reprise of the song "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" that lasts for only a minute.

Notes

  • Pictures in the booklet are illustrations for the songs and these pictures are also used on the single covers.
  • On the booklet of the album, where the lyrics to "Pay the Man" are, there is an image that is extremely similar to a design of a poster for the No Control tour, featuring Bad Religion. Considering both pieces of art are by the artist Frank Kozik, it is likely that The Offspring requested this piece of art to be used in the booklet. The font of its band logo from the cover of Americana is also similar to Bad Religion's original logo.
  • "Pay the Man" was actually recorded during the making of Ixnay on the Hombre, but was left out because it sounded too different from anything else the band had currently made, in a dark, psychedelic rock/heavy metal sound, comparable to stoner rock. The structure of the song more resembles progressive rock (having no repetitive sections, and no continuous musical theme).[5] The main drum riff on "Pay the Man" is the same drum riff found on the title track of Smash during the acoustic version of Come Out and Play. The beginning vocals are sung by Davey Havok of the band AFI, who was on the Offspring's label at the time.
  • Between the tracks "The End of the Line" and "No Brakes", there is an interlude with a telemarketing attendant saying "Thank you. One moment please".
  • Dexter Holland contributed the song "Too Much Drama" to The Vandals' album Hitler Bad, Vandals Good. The chorus melody is reused on this album on the song "Walla Walla."
  • A clip from the song "Americana," specifically the introduction, was used in the Michael Moore film Bowling for Columbine.
  • Between the tracks "Why Don't You Get a Job?" and "Americana" is the line "Hey, that's something everyone can enjoy", spoken by Calvert DeForest.
  • The lyrics in the booklet for the song "Americana" leaves out the line "Well, fuck you" and the interjection "but I wanna fuck you" after "So don't blame me, I just work here." The CD also does not feature a Parental Advisory sticker, despite the fact that other profanities were kept in the booklet.
  • The song Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) features the same first 2 seconds as the Def Leppard song Rock Of Ages From their 1983 album Pyromania.[6]
  • The song "Americana" features a stutter to the lyric "generation" at 1:53, possibly a reference to The Who's "My Generation".

Chart positions

Album

North America

Albums - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1999 U.S. Billboard 200 2
1999 Top Canadian Albums 3

Australia

Albums - ARIA (Australia)
Year Chart Position
1999 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1

Singles

North America

Singles - Billboard (North America)
Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" Modern Rock Tracks 3
1999 "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 53
1999 "Why Don't You Get a Job?" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 74
1999 "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1999 "Why Don't You Get a Job?" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
1999 "She's Got Issues" Modern Rock Tracks 11
1999 "The Kids Aren't Alright" Modern Rock Tracks 6
1999 "The Kids Aren't Alright" Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
1999 "Why Don't You Get a Job?" Modern Rock Tracks 4
1999 "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" Rhythmic Top 40 31
1999 "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" Top 40 Mainstream 13
1999 "Why Don't You Get a Job?" Top 40 Mainstream 21
1999 "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" Top 40 Tracks 36
1999 "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" Canadian Singles Chart 5
1999 "She's Got Issues" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
2000 "She's Got Issues" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19

Australia

Singles - ARIA (Australia)
Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
1999 "Why Don't You Get a Job?" Australian ARIA Singles Chart 2

Sales

Chart (1998-1999) Peak
position
Certification Sales
Australian Albums Chart[7] 1 5x Platinum[8] 350,000+
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 1 Platinum[9] 20,000+
Belgium Albums Chart[7] 4 2x Platinum[10] 60,000+
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 3 8x Platinum[11] 800,000+
Finnish Albums Chart[7] 2 2x Platinum[12] 52,798+[13]
French Albums Chart[7] 2 2x Platinum 400,000
German Albums Chart[14] 5 Platinum[15] 200,000+
Japanese Albums Chart[16] 1 4x Platinum[17] 800,000+
Mexican Albums Chart 3 Gold[18] 100,000+
Netherlands Albums Chart[7] 6 Gold[19] 25,000+
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 1 5x Platinum[20] 75,000+
Norsktoppen[7] 2 Platinum[21] 30,000+
Polish Albums Chart[22] 1 Platinum[23] 30,000+
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 1 2x Platinum[24] 80,000+
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 5 Platinum[25] 50,000+
UK Albums Chart[26] 10 Platinum[27] 300,000+
U.S. Billboard 200[4] 2 5x Platinum[28] 5,000,000+

Personnel

The Offspring

Other musicians

  • Carlos Gomez - Guitar
  • Bryan Carlstrom - Engineer
  • Annette Cisneros - Assistant Engineer
  • Derrick Davis - Flute
  • Higgins - Vocals (background)
  • Dave Jerden - Producer, Mixing
  • Eddy Schreyer - Mastering
  • Sean Evans - Art Direction
  • Frank Kozik - Artwork
  • Gabriel McNair - Horn
  • John Mayer - Vocals
  • Justin Beope - Artwork
  • Alvaro Macias - Biguela
  • Phil Jordan - Horn
  • Davey Havok- Vocals (background)
  • Jack Grisham- Vocals (background)

References

General references

  • (1998) Album notes for Americana by The Offspring [CD liner]. Columbia Records.

Notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Americana's entry at Billboard.com". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=23138&aid=329136. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  3. ^ "RIAA Certification (type in "Offspring" in the artist box)". RIAA. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Americana". Allmusic.com. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:61420r5ay48z. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  5. ^ Interviews: The Offspring
  6. ^ http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question74100.html
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Americana - Chart Positions" HitParade.ch.
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1998 Albums" Australian Recording Industry Association.
  9. ^ "IFPI - Austria - Search for Offspring" IFPI Austria.
  10. ^ "BEA Database" Belgian Entertainment Association.
  11. ^ "CRIA Database - Search for Offspring" Canadian Recording Industry Association.
  12. ^ "IFPI - Finland - Search for Offspring" IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ "The Offspring Albums - Total Sales and Certifications" IFPI Finland - Certifications.
  14. ^ "Media Control Charts - The Offspring" Media Control Charts.
  15. ^ "Musikindustrie Database - Search for Offspring" Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  16. ^ "Oricon Album Charts Search for The Offspring" Oricon.
  17. ^ "RIAJ Database - Search for The Offspring - Americana" Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  18. ^ "Amprofon Database - Search for Offspring" Mexican Association of Producers of Phonograms and Videograms.
  19. ^ "NVPI Database - Search for Offspring" The Dutch Association of Producers and Importers of image- and sound bearers.
  20. ^ "RIANZ Charts - Search for The Offspring - Americana" Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
  21. ^ "IFPI - Norway - Search for Offspring" IFPI Norway.
  22. ^ "Polish Charts Database - Search for The Offspring - Americana" Polish Albums Chart.
  23. ^ "ZPAV Database - Search for OFFSPRING" IFPI Norway.
  24. ^ "IFPI - Sweden - Search for Offspring" IFPI Sweden.
  25. ^ "IFPI - Switzerland - Certifications for The Offspring" Hitparade.
  26. ^ "Chart Log UK (1994–2006) The O – Ozric Tentacles" Zobbel.
  27. ^ "BPI Database - Statistics - Certified Awards - Search for Offspring" British Phonographic Industry.
  28. ^ "RIAA Database Search for Offspring" Recording Industry Association of America.
Preceded by
Highlights from The Main Event
by Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham, and
Anthony Warlow
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 4 - February 7, 1999
Succeeded by
Come on Over by Shania Twain

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