Ixnay on the Hombre

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Ixnay on the Hombre
Studio album by The Offspring
Released February 4, 1997
Recorded June 24[1]- October 11,[2] 1996 at Eldorado Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Punk rock, skate punk, ska punk,[3] punk metal[4]
Length 42:17
Label Columbia, Epitaph (Europe)
Producer Dave Jerden
The Offspring chronology
Smash
(1994)
Ixnay on the Hombre
(1997)
Americana
(1998)
Singles from Ixnay on the Hombre
  1. "All I Want"
    Released: December 31, 1996
  2. "Gone Away"
    Released: March 1997
  3. "Cool to Hate"
    Released: 1997
  4. "The Meaning of Life"
    Released: 1997
  5. "I Choose"
    Released: 1997

Ixnay on the Hombre is the fourth studio album by the American punk rock band The Offspring. Produced by Dave Jerden, the album was released on February 4, 1997 through Columbia Records (their former label Epitaph released it in Europe). After the massive commercial success of their previous album, Smash, The Offspring entered the studio in the middle of 1996 to record a new album. Asked about the title, frontman Dexter Holland claimed that Ixnay on the Hombre means either "fuck authority" or "fuck The Man".[5] ("Ixnay" is the Pig Latin version of the word "nix", familiar in 1940s Hollywood movies.)

Ixnay on the Hombre was a moderate success debuting at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart and it was well received by both critics and fans. The album was certified platinum in the US. The album contains the singles "All I Want", "Gone Away", "The Meaning of Life" and "I Choose", while "Cool to Hate" also received radio airplay. The first two singles later appeared on The Offspring's Greatest Hits album.

Background and recording[edit]

By the time The Offspring began writing new material for their fourth studio album in 1995-1996, they were the biggest act of Epitaph's roster and had originally declined to leave the label before signing a recording contract with Columbia Records. Following the widespread commercial success of the band's previous album, Smash, frontman Dexter Holland wanted The Offspring to release more albums on Epitaph, or remain on the label for a long time. However, tensions were encountered when Epitaph founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz decided to sell Smash to a major label in "return for a royalty override on it,"[6] an action that the band did not like. Gurewitz had approached several major labels, such as Geffen, Capitol and Sony, in attempt to sign The Offspring.[6] The band eventually signed to Columbia, and Holland recalled that they "took less money" with the label and the signing "was not to try and make more money."[6] Holland also claimed that The Offspring signed to Columbia because they would not "record for someone who thinks [Gurewitz] can force [them] to" and would not "record for a guy who's worse than a major label."[6] Recording sessions for Ixnay on the Hombre took place from June to October 1996 at Eldorado Recording Studios with producer Dave Jerden (Alice in Chains, Anthrax, Jane's Addiction, Social Distortion).

On the recording process of the album, guitarist Noodles stated:

"Change the World" is a further development of the unnamed hidden track that appeared at the end of the previous album Smash. "Change the World" itself contains a hidden track, a brief spoken piece by Larry "Bud" Melman of the David Letterman Show.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[8]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Punknews 4.5/5 stars[9]
Robert Christgau (dud)[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3/4 stars[12]

Ixnay on the Hombre was released on February 4, 1997, and is the first Offspring album distributed via Columbia Records. Their former label Epitaph Records released it in Europe because of disagreements between the band and the label's founder Brett Gurewitz. The band was able to release its album on Columbia for the US and other international releases but had to complete the album release in Europe through Epitaph. The Offspring would continue releasing albums on Columbia until it was announced in early 2013 that they had fulfilled their contract with the label.[13]

Ixnay on the Hombre peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[14] Although the album was less successful than its predecessor or successor, it also went Platinum soon after its release.[15]

The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awards the album 2.5 stars and states: "Ixnay on the Hombre sounds like a competent hard rock band trying to hitch themselves to the post-grunge bandwagon."[4]

Touring and promotion[edit]

The Offspring toured relentlessly for less than a year to promote Ixnay on the Hombre. Prior to its release, they headlined the Big Day Out tour in Australia in January–February 1997, along with Soundgarden and The Prodigy.[16] The Ixnay on the Hombre tour kickstarted on February 11, 1997 at Foothill in Long Beach, California with One Hit Wonder, who had just been signed to Holland's label Nitro Records. A week later, they played five shows in the East Coast of the United States with The Joykiller, which was followed by a ten-date tour with AFI and Strung Out and a European tour with The Vandals and Lunachicks. The Offspring continued to tour over seven-month period from May to December 1997, which included U.S. tours with AFI/L7, Voodoo Glow Skulls/The Joykiller and Hagfish/One Hit Wonder/Good Riddance, as well as a Canadian tour with Doughboys, three Brazilian shows with Charlie Brown Jr., and four shows in Australia with The Living End.[16] Social Distortion also supported The Offspring on selected dates.[17] The Ixnay on the Hombre tour ended on December 18, 1997 in Osaka, Japan, with AFI supporting them.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dexter Holland, except where noted [18]

No. Title Length
1. "Disclaimer"   0:45
2. "The Meaning of Life"   2:56
3. "Mota"   2:57
4. "Me & My Old Lady"   4:33
5. "Cool to Hate"   2:47
6. "Leave It Behind"   1:58
7. "Gone Away"   4:28
8. "I Choose"   3:54
9. "Intermission" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) 0:48
10. "All I Want"   1:54
11. "Way Down the Line"   2:36
12. "Don't Pick It Up"   1:53
13. "Amazed"   4:25
14. "Change the World" (contains hidden track, beginning at 6:18 after 1:33 seconds of silence) 6:23
Total length:
42:17

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Offspring
Additional musicians
Others
  • Dave Jerden – Production and mixing
  • Bryan Carlstrom – Engineering
  • Brian Jerden – Assistant engineering
  • Annette Cisneros – Assistant engineering
  • Eddy Schreyer – Mastering
  • Bryan Hall – Guitar Tech
  • Sean Evans – Art Direction
  • Enrique Chagoya – Cover illustration
  • Lisa Haun – Photography

Charting singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Peak
position
1996 "All I Want" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 18[37]
Hot Modern Rock Tracks 13[37]
Australian Singles Chart 15
Austrian Singles Chart 25
UK Singles Chart 31
1997 "Gone Away" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[37]
Hot Modern Rock Tracks 4[37]
Australian Singles Chart 16
UK Singles Chart 42
1997 "I Choose" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 5[37]
Hot Modern Rock Tracks 24[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Letter from Dexter at the Wayback Machine (archived April 29, 2006) "People have also been asking about what we're doing now..."
  2. ^ Letter from Dexter at the Wayback Machine (archived January 22, 2007) "Offspring: New Album "
  3. ^ Ixnay On The Hombre Review | Offspring | Compact Discs | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
  4. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Review for "Ixnay on the Hombre"". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  5. ^ Ixnay on the Hombre at the Wayback Machine (archived February 16, 2007)
  6. ^ a b c d "Dexter Holland on The Offspring leaving Epitaph and joining Columbia". archive.is. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  7. ^ Gula, Bob (March 1997). "Oodlesnay on Ixnay on the Hombre". Guitar. 
  8. ^ Browne, David (February 7, 1997). "Freak Show; Ixnay on the Hombre". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Offspring - Ixnay on the Hombre". July 26, 2001. 
  10. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: the offspring
  11. ^ The Offspring: Ixnay on the Hombre at the Wayback Machine (archived October 16, 2007) Rolling Stone Jan 10, 1997
  12. ^ Gundersen, Edna (February 11, 1997). "Offspring, Ixnay on the Hombre". USA Today. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Petition Starts Aimed At Getting The Offspring Signed To Fat Wreck Chords". Music Feeds. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  14. ^ "Ixany on the Hombre's entry at Billboard.com". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  15. ^ "RIAA Certification (type in "Offspring" in the artist box)". RIAA. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  16. ^ a b c "The Offspring - Tour (type in "1997" in the search archive box)". offspring.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  17. ^ "1997". sxdx.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  18. ^ BMI Entry
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  20. ^ "Austrian album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter The Offspring in the field Interpret. Enter Ixnay on the Hombre in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "Danish album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre". IFPI Denmark. 
  23. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  24. ^ "French album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (The Offspring; 'Ixnay on the Hombre')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  26. ^ "Greek album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre" (in Greek). IFPI Greece. 
  27. ^ "Italian album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter The Offspring in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  28. ^ "Japanese album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 
  29. ^ "Dutch album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  30. ^ THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION.
  31. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – The Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  32. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1999" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  33. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (The Offspring; 'Smash')". Hung Medien. 
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Ixnay on the Hombre in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  35. ^ "American album certifications – Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  36. ^ "Billboard Magazine: 300 Best Selling Albums". Billboard Magazine. 2009. 
  37. ^ a b c d e f "The Offspring – Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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