Ignition (The Offspring album)

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The Offspring-Ignition.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 1992
RecordedJune 1992[1]
GenrePunk rock
ProducerThom Wilson
The Offspring chronology
They Were Born to Kill
The Offspring studio album chronology
The Offspring
Singles from Ignition
  1. "Kick Him When He's Down"
    Released: 1995 (airplay only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide5/10[5]

Ignition (stylized as ignition) is the second studio album by American punk rock band The Offspring. It was the second Offspring album produced by Thom Wilson, and was released on October 16, 1992, on Epitaph Records, marking their first release on that label.

Released during the alternative rock and grunge-era, the album brought the band small success in Southern California as The Offspring started to gather a following. This success would continue to grow with their next album, Smash. Ignition was certified gold on January 22, 1996, nearly two years after the release of Smash. It has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.[6]

"Kick Him When He's Down" was released as a promotional single in 1995 after the band had risen in popularity; however, it is one of the few singles that did not appear on the band's Greatest Hits album. "Dirty Magic", the sixth track from Ignition, was re-recorded for their ninth studio album, 2012's Days Go By. For the album's 20th anniversary in 2012, The Offspring played Ignition in its entirety for some selected concerts.[7][8] They also performed the album in 2017 at a benefit concert for 924 Gilman Street.[9]

The album's title comes from a lyric in "Burn It Up".

Background and recording[edit]

In 1991, The Offspring teamed up with producer Thom Wilson to record the Baghdad 7" EP. This EP was instrumental to the band's signing with Epitaph Records. Wilson had been trying to get The Offspring to switch to Epitaph, a label run by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Gurewitz felt that The Offspring was just not quite pronounced enough for his label, but Baghdad convinced him to give the band a shot. Thanks to the success of Baghdad, The Offspring managed to record their second full-length album. The band entered two recording studios, Westbeach Recorders and Track Record, in June 1992 to record Ignition, in a similar fashion to the production schedule for The Offspring and Baghdad, which were both recorded in just one month (March 1989 and February 1991 respectively).

Some of the material (including "Take It Like a Man", which was originally recorded in 1991 for a Flipside magazine compilation, The Big One, and "Get It Right", which appeared on Baghdad) are updated versions of songs that were recorded around The Offspring/Baghdad-era. The album also had one outtake, "Mission from God", which was released on the compilation album Punk-O-Rama Vol. 10 in 2005.

Release and reception[edit]

Ignition was released through Epitaph Records on October 16, 1992. Like their self-titled debut album, Ignition did not chart on the Billboard 200; however, The Offspring began to gather small success in the Southern region of California, mainly the areas of San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, and spent a-year-and-a-half touring relentlessly behind the album. Although no videos were released for Ignition, "Kick Him When He's Down" was released as an airplay-only single in 1995. Ignition was certified Gold on January 22, 1996, nearly two years after the release of Smash.

The album has received generally favorable reviews in the years since its initial release, with several reviewers having deemed Ignition one of The Offspring's best[10][11] albums. In October 2011, the album was ranked number two (between Alice in Chains' Dirt and Bad Religion's Generator) on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1992.[12]

On June 17, 2008, Epitaph re-released Ignition (along with Smash) in remastered form.[13] This reissue was released on the same day as then-current album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.

Touring and promotion[edit]

The Offspring toured for a-year-and-a-half to promote Ignition. Their audience continued to hone, supporting such bands as Youth Brigade,[14] The Vandals,[15][16] Bad Religion,[17][18] D.I.,[16][19] Guttermouth,[16][19] Voodoo Glow Skulls,[19] Glue Gun,[20] Momentum, Final Conflict, Face to Face, Pennywise, Rancid, Unwritten Law, RKL, Untrust, Cadillac Tramps and Korn.[21] The Offspring then managed to secure a slot in three major tours in 1993. They opened for NOFX on their White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean tour, and in that summer, the band supported Lunachicks (whose singer Andrea Luna is the sister of Dexter Holland's future wife Kristine) and Iceburn.[21] After the tour ended, The Offspring took a break and went back into the studio to record their third album Smash. In early 1994, The Offspring landed the opening slot for Pennywise on their Unknown Road tour. The Ignition tour ended on April 1, 1994 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, just one week before the release of Smash.[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dexter Holland, except where noted [22].

1."Session" (Dexter Holland, Kristine Luna, Jill Eckhaus)2:32
2."We Are One"4:00
3."Kick Him When He's Down"3:16
4."Take It Like a Man"2:55
5."Get It Right"3:06
6."Dirty Magic"3:48
8."Burn It Up"2:42
9."No Hero"3:22
11."Nothing from Something" (Holland, Marvin Fergusen)3:00
12."Forever and a Day"2:37
Total length:37:23

Chart positions and sales[edit]

Charts 2011[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
U.S. Guitar World Magazine´s Top 10 2


The Offspring[edit]


  • Recorded and mixed by Thom Wilson at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, USA
  • Recorded and mixed by Ken Paulakovich at Track Record, North Hollywood, USA
  • Produced by Thom Wilson
  • Assistant engineered by Donnell Cameron and Joe Peccerillo
  • Mastered by Eddie Schreyer


General references[edit]

  • Ignition (CD liner). The Offspring. Epitaph Records. 1992.


  1. ^ Ignition (liner notes). The Offspring. US: Epitaph Records. 1992. E-86424-1.
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r169096
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "The Offspring". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746.
  6. ^ a b Epitaph Announces Re-issues of Smash and Ignition by Offspring. Alarm. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  7. ^ The Offspring Adds Special “Ignition” Club Shows To 2012 European Tour
  8. ^ The Offspring - Alex's Bar - 5/3/12
  9. ^ We're Playing 'Ignition' Live in Berkeley to Benefit 924 Gilman
  10. ^ Tom. "Review for Ignition". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  11. ^ ChemicalWarfare. "Review for Ignition". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  12. ^ Grassi, Tony. "Photo Gallery: The Top 10 Guitar Albums of 1992". GuitarWorld.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  13. ^ "Ignition" Remastered
  14. ^ "Youth Brigade — Berkeley — 924 Gilman — 05 September 1992". Songkick.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  15. ^ "The Vandals — West Hollywood — Whisky A Go Go — 28 October 1992". Songkick.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  16. ^ a b c "Orange County Punk Festival 1993 with The Offspring, The Vandals, Guttermouth, D.i., and more..." Songkick.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  17. ^ "Bad Religion — Santa Monica — Santa Monica Civic Auditorium — 23 January 1993". Songkick.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  18. ^ "01/23/1993 - Santa Monica, CA - Tours & shows". thebrpage.net. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  19. ^ a b c "D.i. — Los Angeles — Hong Kong Café — 30 January 1993". Songkick.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  20. ^ "NOFX — West Hollywood — The Roxy Theatre — 14 March 1993". Songkick.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  21. ^ a b c "The Offspring - Tour". offspring.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  22. ^ BMI Entry
  23. ^ "Media Control Charts - The Offspring" Media Control Charts.
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Offspring – Ignition". Music Canada.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Offspring – Ignition". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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