Being on tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hit album Smash, the Offspring can’t help but reminisce about their lean and green days in the ’90s, when they were writing songs for what would surprisingly become the best-selling independent-label album of all time. Smash, released on Epitaph Records in 1994, sold 6 million copies in the U.S. and another 5 million across the world.
“It’s not like we were systematically putting together this hit punk record,” recalls guitarist Kevin John “Noodles” Wasserman. “We did the whole thing on the fly at Track Studio. And we didn’t have much money, so we worked out a deal with the studio where we could only use the place in the afternoons and late evenings when no one else was there. We got kicked out when someone came in who was paying full price, and we’d have to wait until they were done to come back.”