These dudes were certainly never feeling the wistful teenage nostalgia of Bryan Adams's "Summer of '69"—over 20 years, the Offspring became experts at penning dark accounts of modern youth set to buzzsaw guitars and a rapid-fire beat. But unlike their contemporaries in Green Day and Rancid, the SoCal quartet surfaced as a punk band largely without a punk attitude. There was scant bratty posturing and middle-finger fanfare; instead, they focused on peer violence, desperate alienation, and the seemingly unavoidable corrosion of youth. Forget "If the Kids Are United"—now you gotta keep 'em separated. Sad stuff. From their 1994 breakthrough single "Come Out and Play" to 1998's "The Kids Aren't Alright" to 2003's "Never Gonna Find Me," the band came off as a bunch of ominous sociologists: Hell, even "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" and "Hit That" documented the dumbass (yet ultimately amusing) frat-boy lifestyle as well... More >>>