Hit That

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"Hit That"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Splinter
B-side Da Hui
Released December 9, 2003
Format 7" Vinyl and CD[1]
Recorded 2003
Genre
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]

European CD maxi
No. Title Length
1. "Hit That"   2:48
2. "Da Hui"   1:32
3. "Hit That" (USC Marching Band)  
England CD maxi
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)  
Germany limited edition 3" CD
No. Title Length
1. "Hit That"   2:48
2. "Hit That" (USC Marching Band) 1:51
Promo CD
No. Title Length
1. "Hit That"   2:48

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 (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 21
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 13
France (SNEP)[10] 32
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11] 31
Italy (FIMI)[12] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 60
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 24
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 57
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 64
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[18] 6
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[19] 1

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. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Offspring – Hit That". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Offspring – Hit That" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "The Offspring: Hit That" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Offspring – Hit That" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Officialcharts.de – The Offspring – Hit That". GfK Entertainment.
  12. ^ "Italiancharts.com – The Offspring – Hit That". Top Digital Download.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Offspring – Hit That" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Offspring – Hit That". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Offspring – Hit That". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Offspring: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for The Offspring.
  18. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for The Offspring.
  19. ^ "The Offspring Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Offspring.

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