Gone Away

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"Gone Away"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Ixnay on the Hombre
B-side Cool to hate
Released March 1997
Format Vinyl and CD[1]
Recorded 1996
Genre Punk rock, Alternative rock
Length 4:28
Label Columbia, Epitaph (Europe)[2]
Writer(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Dave Jerden[3]
Certification Gold (ARIA)[4]
The Offspring singles chronology
"All I Want"
(1996)
"Gone Away"
(1997)
"The Meaning of Life"
(1997)

"Gone Away" is a song by American punk rock band The Offspring. It is the seventh track on their fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre (1997) and was released as the second single from the album. The song also appears as the sixth track on their Greatest Hits (2005). The song was written by lead singer Dexter Holland after he lost his girlfriend in a tragic car accident.[citation needed]

The song became The Offspring's first and only No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, while reaching No. 4 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Through 2009, The Offspring have played "Gone Away" with Dexter Holland performing on piano while live throughout Europe and in the United States.

Two of the tracks from this single ("D.U.I." and "Hey Joe") appear on the band's 2010 Japan-only compilation album Happy Hour!.

Track listing[5][edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Gone Away" (Single version) 4:27
2. "Cool to Hate"   2:46
3. "D.U.I."   2:27
4. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts Cover) 2:37

Sales[edit]

The single reached Gold in Australia, selling 35,000 copies. It was the first single released by the Offspring to reach Gold status in any country.

Music video[edit]

The footage for the music video, shot in grainy quality, shows the band playing in a dark, and apparently abandoned slaughterhouse. Dexter Holland, for most of the video, sings to a shining lightbulb, presumably representative of the soul of the lost person. He is the only band member to interact with this bulb, though other lightbulbs are shown in each band member's respective rooms. Dexter also sings into a suspended microphone which is also used in the video; it swings back and forth as the video fades to black. It was produced by Dave Jerden.

DVD appearances[edit]

The music video appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD, released in 2005. The DVD also contains a storyboard version of the video (with the storyboard playing over top the music video).

Rock Band[edit]

The song was made available as downloadable content in the Rock Band series on October 7, 2008. It appeared in the first Offspring pack along with "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" and "Self Esteem."

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 4
Australian Singles Chart 16
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 28
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 6
Mega Single Top 100 93
New Zealand Singles Chart 35
UK Singles Charts 42
Preceded by
"Precious Declaration" by Collective Soul
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
May 10, 1997 - May 17, 1997
Succeeded by
"Little White Lie" by Sammy Hagar

Cover Versions[edit]

This song was covered by the band Noctura. Christian metal band Blood of the Martyrs recorded a cover of the song and released it as a single in September 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gone Away". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Offspring, The – Gone Away". Discogs. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Offspring – Gone Away". Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1997 Singles" Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Offspring – Gone Away". Allmusic. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 

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