Greatest Hits (The Offspring album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by The Offspring
Released June 20, 2005 (Europe, United Kingdom)
June 21, 2005 (North America)
Recorded 1993–2005
Genre Punk rock, grunge, pop punk
Length 49:42
Label Columbia
Producer Jerry Finn, Thom Wilson, Dave Jerden, Brendan O'Brien
The Offspring chronology
Splinter
(2003)
Greatest Hits
(2005)
Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
(2008)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Can't Repeat"
    Released: June 20, 2005
  2. "Next to You"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Blender 4/5 stars [2]
PopMatters (7/10) [3]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars [4]

Greatest Hits is a 2005 compilation album by the American punk rock band The Offspring, compiling hit singles from five of their seven studio albums along with the previously unreleased songs "Can't Repeat" and "Next to You", the latter of which is a cover version of The Police song included as a hidden track at the end of the album. Greatest Hits peaked at no. 8 on the Billboard 200, with 70,000 copies sold in its first week of release, and has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[5][6]

"Can't Repeat" was released as a single to promote the album, and peaked at no. 9 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and no. 10 on its Mainstream Rock Tracks.[7] "Next to You" was also released as a single to radio stations, peaking at no. 29 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.[7] A DVD/UMD video entitled Complete Music Video Collection was released a month later to complement Greatest Hits. It included the music videos for all fourteen songs on Greatest Hits (excluding "Next to You", for which no video was filmed), as well as three additional songs which had been released as singles but were not included on Greatest Hits: "The Meaning of Life" and "I Choose" from Ixnay on the Hombre, and "She's Got Issues" from Americana. These songs, along with several others the band had released as singles during the course of their career, had not charted as highly as those selected for Greatest Hits.[7]

Multiple drummers[edit]

The album's two new tracks, "Can't Repeat" and "Next to You", were recorded during the period in which Atom Willard was the band's official drummer. Original drummer Ron Welty had left the group in early 2003,[8] and professional drummer Josh Freese had recorded the drum tracks for the band's 2003 album Splinter after his departure.[9] Willard joined shortly after the album's release and appeared with them in the music video for the single "(Can't Get My) Head Around You". However, in late 2005 he became a founding member of Angels & Airwaves, and his commitments to the new group began to draw him away from The Offspring. Greatest Hits though Willard appeared with the band in the "Can't Repeat" music video. In July 2007 Willard officially announced that he was leaving The Offspring to focus on Angels & Airwaves.[10] Freese again recorded drum tracks for The Offspring for their 2008 album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace before it was announced that Willard's permanent replacement would be former Face to Face drummer Pete Parada.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by The Offspring except where noted.

No. Title From Length
1. "Can't Repeat"   previously unreleased 3:24
2. "Come Out and Play (Keep'Em Separated)"   Smash, 1994 3:17
3. "Self Esteem"   Smash, 1994 4:17
4. "Gotta Get Away"   Smash, 1994 3:51
5. "All I Want"   Ixnay on the Hombre, 1997 1:54
6. "Gone Away"   Ixnay on the Hombre, 1997 4:27
7. "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" (contains a sample of "Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard as written by Robert Lange, Joe Elliott, and Steve Clark) Americana, 1998 3:08
8. "Why Don't You Get a Job?"   Americana, 1998 2:49
9. "The Kids Aren't Alright"   Americana, 1998 3:00
10. "Original Prankster" (featuring Redman; contains portions of "Low Rider" by War) Conspiracy of One, 2000 3:41
11. "Want You Bad"   Conspiracy of One, 2000 3:22
12. "Defy You"   Orange County soundtrack, 2001 3:48
13. "Hit That"   Splinter, 2003 2:48
14. "(Can't Get My) Head Around You"
"Next to You" (hidden track. The Police cover.)
Splinter, 2003
previously unreleased
5:57

International bonus tracks[edit]

  • On each edition, "Next to You" appears as a hidden track on track 15.

DualDisc edition[edit]

The DualDisc edition of the album has the standard 14 track album on the CD side. The DVD side has the same 14 tracks in 5.1 surround sound, commentary by singer Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles, and the two performing an acoustic rendition of the song "Dirty Magic" from the band's second album Ignition.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 11
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18] 38
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 23
Irish Albums (IRMA)[21] 8
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 22
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[24] 24
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 24
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 14
US Billboard 200[29] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[30] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[32] Gold 75,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[33] Gold 7,500x
Japan (RIAJ)[34] Platinum 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Platinum 15,000^
Russia (NFPF)[36] Gold 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[37] Gold 20,000x
United States (RIAA)[38] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

The Offspring
Additional musicians
Additional vocalists
Production
  • Jerry Finn – producer and mixer of "Can't Repeat"
  • Joe McGrath – recording engineer of "Can't Repeat", assisted by Seth Waldman
  • Thom Wilson – producer and engineer of tracks 2–4, with additional engineering by Ken Paulakovich
  • Dave Jerden – producer and mix engineer of tracks 5–9
  • Bryan Carlstrom – engineer of tracks 5–9
  • Brendan O'Brien – producer and mix engineer of tracks 10–14
  • Nick DiDia – engineer of tracks 10 and 11, recording of tracks 12 and 13
  • Billy Bowers – additional engineering on tracks 10–14
  • Chris Higgins – additional recording on tracks 10 and 12
  • Karl Egsieker – recording (with DiDia) of "Hit That", recording of "(Can't Get My) Head Around You"
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering of all tracks except 1 and 13
  • Brian Gardner – mastering of tracks 1 and 13

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  8. ^ "Atom Willard Drumming for The Offspring". Punknews.org. October 1, 2003. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  9. ^ Splinter (CD liner notes). The Offspring. Columbia Records. 2003. 
  10. ^ "Atom Willard leaves The Offspring". Punknews.org. January 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Atom Willard leaves the Offspring, replaced by Pete Parada". Punknews.org. July 28, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
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  30. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Offspring – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  32. ^ "French album certifications – The Offspring – Greatest Hits" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Irish album certifications – The Offspring – Greatest Hits". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Japanese album certifications – The Offspring – Greatest Hits" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  35. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – The Offspring – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Russian album certifications – The Offspring – Greatest Hits" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF). Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  37. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (The Offspring; 'Greatest Hits')". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  38. ^ "American album certifications – The Offspring – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 11, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  39. ^ https://twitter.com/AtomWillard/status/418170522501799937

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