Hit That

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"Hit That"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Splinter
Released December 9, 2003
Format 7" Vinyl and CD[1]
Recorded 2003
Genre Pop punk, comedy rock,[2] dance punk
Length 2:48
Label Columbia[3]
Writer(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien[4]
Certification Gold (ARIA)[5]
The Offspring singles chronology
"Defy You"
(2001)
"Hit That"
(2003)
"(Can't Get My) Head Around You"
(2004)
Alternative cover
European version
Alternative cover
Import cover

"Hit That" is a pop punk song released by the American punk rock band The Offspring. The song is featured as the fourth track on the band's seventh studio album Splinter (2003) and was released as the first single from the album. The song also appears as the 13th track on their Greatest Hits (2005).

The single was first released in the U.S. and Australia in December 2003, and in the UK in January 2004. The song also reached the top 20 on the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart (No. 13 and No. 11 respectively), and No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. The song also topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, proving to be one of their most successful singles for a while. This was the first time an Offspring song would hit No. 1 on that chart since their breakthrough single "Come Out and Play" was released a decade earlier in 1994.

Track listing[edit]

Version 1
No. Title Length
1. "Hit That"   2:48
2. "Da Hui"   1:32
3. "Hit That" (USC Marching Band)  
Version 2
No. Title Length
1. "Hit That"   2:48
2. "The Kids Aren't Alright" (BBC Radio 1 Session) 4:16
3. "Long Way Home" (Live) 2:34
4. "Hit That" (USC Marching Band) 1:51
5. "Hit That" (Video CD Extra)  
Limited edition 7" picture disc
No. Title Length
1. "Hit That"   2:48
2. "(Can't Get My) Head Around You" (Live)  

Synthesizer samples[edit]

"Hit That" is the first single by The Offspring to include synthesizer samples. The main synthesizer riff is based on "We Are the Chopped" by the Canadian band Nomeansno.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song, directed by John Williams and David Lea,[6] depicts a blue computer-generated man's hunt for his runaway dog; the two are shown alternately as the man lip-syncs the lyrics and the dog seeks shelter. The dog is also being chased by a menacing-looking dog catcher. The dog is shown in first person as well as third person. When the owner and the dog catcher finally catch up to the dog, he is in an alleyway with his beloved and several puppies (from the dog's reaction, assumedly they are his). The dog catcher holds up what appears to be a pair of shears. The next day, the dog walks grumpily down the street in a paper cone, implying that the point of the chase was to bring the dog in to be neutered The music video plays the song alternative.

The video is based in the United Kingdom, revealed by the unmistakable terraced houses, road markings, vehicle numberplates and the steering wheel in the van (a Ford Transit Connect) being on the right.

DVD appearances[edit]

The music video appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD, released in 2005.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 64
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
Australian Singles Chart 13
Austrian Singles Chart 21
Mega Single Top 100 60
Polish Singles Chart[7] 37
Swiss Singles Chart 57
UK Singles Chart 11
New Zealand Singles Chart 24

Personnel[edit]

  • All songs (on the single) written and performed by The Offspring
  • Produced by: Brendan O'Brien
  • Mixed by: Brendan O'Brien
  • Published by Underachiever Music
Preceded by
"Numb" by Linkin Park
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
February 14, 2004
Succeeded by
"Megalomaniac" by Incubus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Offspring, The – Hit That". Discogs. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Offspring guest program". Rage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 December 2003. 
  3. ^ "Hit That". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Press Release – January 2004". Southerntracks.com. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2003 Singles" Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
  6. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (February 12, 2004). "Lens Recap: The Story Behind The Offspring's 'Hit That'". MTV News. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 

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