The song was originally written by Dexter Holland as part of a (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) Bad Religion songwriting competition at Epitaph Records, under the title Protocol. The song's lyrics originally consisted of significantly complex vocabulary, like many Bad Religion songs. However, when Dexter offered to play it for Epitaph owner and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, he was told to "play it on acoustic later or something." Dexter felt rejected and rewrote the song's lyrics to sound more like an Offspring song.
The video consisted of shots of the band playing and singing the song mixed with a young man seemingly rebelling against society. While the band is shown the video is often in psychedelic colors. The man takes his clothes off down to his jeans while running through his town. At the end of the video he arrives in a field, and falls in a puddle of mud. In between the shots of the band and the shots of the running man are old, black and white video clips from various situations, including a bicycle race, an airplane crashing into a barn, and a race car ploughing into a crowd.
In Japan, there is an infamous viral fan music video with Doraemon imagery which used the song. When The Offspring shouts "That's all I waaaaaant!", many viewers on the video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga post "DoRaeMoooooon!" (a mondegreen or soramimi) at that part of the song.
The song was used on the ITV television program Rebus starring John Hannah, in the episode "Black and Blue".
This song was used in the Daria episode "College Bored".