All I Want (The Offspring song)

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"All I Want"
Offspring all i want.jpg
Single by The Offspring
from the album Ixnay on the Hombre
B-side"Way Down the Line"
ReleasedDecember 31, 1996
FormatVinyl,[1] cassette,[2] and CD[1]
Recorded1996
GenreSkate punk
Length1:55
LabelColumbia,[2] Epitaph (Europe)[2]
Songwriter(s)Dexter Holland
Producer(s)Dave Jerden
The Offspring singles chronology
"Smash It Up"
(1995)
"All I Want"
(1996)
"Gone Away"
(1997)

"All I Want" is a song by American punk rock group The Offspring. It is the tenth track on their fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre (1997) and was released as the first single from the album in December 1996. It reached No. 31 in the UK and No. 15 in Australia. In the US, it peaked at No. 13 on Modern Rock Tracks. The song also appears as the fifth track on their Greatest Hits (2005). The single was also (at 1:55) the shortest single to be released by the band.

Track listing[3][edit]

CD single[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."All I Want"1:55
2."Way Down the Line"2:37
3."Smash It Up" (The Damned cover)3:25

Europe 7" green vinyl[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."All I Want"1:55
2."Way Down the Line"2:37

Promo CD[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."All I Want"1:54

Origin[edit]

The song was originally written by Dexter Holland as part of a (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) Bad Religion songwriting competition at Epitaph Records, under the title Protocol. The song's lyrics originally consisted of significantly complex vocabulary, like many Bad Religion songs. However, when Dexter offered to play it for Epitaph owner and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, he was told to "play it on acoustic later or something." Dexter felt rejected and rewrote the song's lyrics to sound more like an Offspring song.[4]

Music video[edit]

The band made a video for the song, which was directed by David Yow of The Jesus Lizard.

The video consisted of shots of the band playing and singing the song mixed with a young man seemingly rebelling against society. While the band is shown the video is often in psychedelic colors. The man takes his clothes off down to his jeans while running through his town. At the end of the video he arrives in a field, and falls in a puddle of mud. In between the shots of the band and the shots of the running man are old, black and white video clips from various situations, including a bicycle race, an airplane crashing into a barn, and a race car ploughing into a crowd.

As confirmed on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD, Buzz Osborne is the man wearing the mask while playing the piano.

DVD appearances[edit]

The music video also appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD. It was released in 2005.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 25
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 51
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 27
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 29
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 31
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[15] 2
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[16] 13
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[17] 18

Appearances in media[edit]

The song was featured in the video game Crazy Taxi[18] as well as the computer game Jugular Street Luge Racing.[19]

  • The song is available as downloadable content in the Rock Band video game series.[20]
  • The song features in a season one episode 'College Bored' in the MTV animated series Daria

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Offspring, The – All I Want". Discogs. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "All I Want". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Offspring – All I Want". Allmusic. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  4. ^ The Offspring - Greatest Hits Bonus DVD (2005).
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Offspring – All I Want". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Offspring – All I Want" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "The Offspring: All I Want" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Offspring – All I Want" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – The Offspring – All I Want". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Offspring – All I Want". VG-lista.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Offspring – All I Want". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Crazy Taxi (1999 Video Game) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  19. ^ Basham, David (December 14, 1999). "Offspring Contribute Music To New Video Game". MTV. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  20. ^ Rainier (March 6, 2009). "Rock Band (ALL) to Get The Offspring, R.E.M. and Richard Thompson Tracks". Worthplaying. Retrieved July 11, 2013.

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