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Noodles (musician)

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Noodles performing in 2022
Noodles performing in 2022
Background information
Birth nameKevin John Wasserman
Born (1963-02-04) February 4, 1963 (age 61)
Los Angeles, U.S.[1]
OriginGarden Grove, California, U.S.
Years active1985-present
Member ofThe Offspring[2]

Kevin John Wasserman[3] (born February 4, 1963)[4] better known as Noodles, is an American musician who serves as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Offspring.[2] He earned the nickname "Noodles" for his frequent noodling (improvising) on the guitar.


Before joining the Offspring, Noodles played in a local band called Clowns of Death along with some friends, including drummer James Lilja. Lilja got recruited by Dexter Holland to join his band Manic Subsidal, on an agreement that Lilja would play in Manic Subsidal, if Holland joined Lilja's band Clowns of Death. After Holland played with Clowns of Death, he asked the Noodles to join their band.[5][6] After drummer Ron Welty joined the band in 1987 to replace James Lilja, the band started recording their debut album in 1989.[7][8] After recording a demo in 1988,[9] the Offspring signed a deal with a small-time label, Nemesis Records, for whom they recorded their first full-length album, The Offspring, in March 1989.[9] This album would eventually be re-issued in 1995, by bandmate Greg K. and Holland's own record label, Nitro Records.[10] At one of the band's earlier shows, he was stabbed in the shoulder by a skinhead

In 1991, the Offspring signed with Epitaph Records (home of Bad Religion, L7, NOFX, Pennywise and other similar bands). Their first release on the label was Ignition, which was released in 1992. Their last album for that label was 1994's Smash, which still holds the world record for most sales of an album on an independent label.[11] The band then signed with Columbia Records in 1996 (after Brett Gurewitz, owner of Epitaph and guitarist for Bad Religion, sold the contract to Columbia)[12] for whom they released their next six albums, Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), Americana (1998), Conspiracy of One (2000), Splinter (2003), Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008) and Days Go By (2012). The albums, Let The Bad Times Roll (2021) and Supercharged (2024) were released on Concord Records. Noodles is one of the two members (along with Dexter Holland) to appear on all of The Offspring's albums

During the band's early days, Noodles worked as a janitor at Earl Warren Elementary School in Garden Grove. Before Smash was released, he had been planning to quit the band, but the surprise success of "Come Out and Play" forced him to reconsider.[13][14]

On their DVD release Huck It (2000), as part of a mock interview, Noodles claims to like the "finer things in life", such as red wine, classical music, cigarettes, poetry and pasta. He occasionally goes snowmobiling and snowboarding.



Noodles generally plays Ibanez guitars, and he has now had four signature models, each of which is a Talman. His first was the NDM1, which has a duct tape finish.[15] Second was the NDM2, which has the Offspring's logo with glasses on the pickguard. His third signature guitar, the NDM3, had P90 pickups. His latest signature guitar is the NDM4. It also has P90 pickups and has a sunburst finish on it. He prefers DiMarzio Tone Zone pickups.[16]

In the early days of the Offspring, he played a wider range of guitars, including Fender Telecasters, Ibanez Talmans and Gibson Les Pauls. He also owns other guitar models, such as Paul Reed Smith guitars, a Fender Stratocaster and other Fender models, Jackson guitars, and Gibson guitars. In an interview on the Offspring's Complete Music Video Collection, Noodles said that he gave his Stratocaster to one of the actors that appeared on the video for their 1994 single "Self Esteem".


For early Offspring albums, Noodles used a Mesa/Boogie Mark IV. In 2013, he was turned on to VHT amplifiers by the band's guitar tech and has since used Mark IVs and VHTs in unison.[16]


The Offspring[edit]

All Offspring albums. For a complete list, see the Offspring discography.


  1. ^ "Family tree of Noodles". Geneanet. Retrieved April 23, 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Noodles". Theoffspringsite.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Family tree of Noodles". Geneanet. Retrieved April 23, 2024.
  4. ^ Mike Rose, cleveland com (February 4, 2023). "Today's famous birthdays list for February 4, 2023 includes celebrities Alice Cooper, Natalie Imbruglia". cleveland. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  5. ^ "Time to Relax with The Offspring: The Doctor is in! w/ James Lilja, MD (Original Offspring Drummer) | Time to Relax with The Offspring Episode 7 on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved March 23, 2024.
  6. ^ The Offspring's Noodles & Eric Blair talk the early years part 1, retrieved March 23, 2024
  7. ^ "History". Offspring.com. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  8. ^ "The Offspring – The Vogue". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  9. ^ a b The Offspring Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine at NIPP, obtained November 10, 2007.
  10. ^ "The Offspring - Concord - Label Group". Concord. Archived from the original on June 9, 2023. Retrieved April 11, 2024.
  11. ^ "Greatest Hits Bio (2005)". Offspring.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  12. ^ "Dexter Holland's letter to the Offspring mailing list". January 21, 2007. Archived from the original on January 21, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  13. ^ "Offspring Star's Humble Roots". contactmusic.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "The Offspring Biography". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2007.
  15. ^ "10 Unlikely Signature Guitars". MusicRadar. US: Future Publishing Limited. August 14, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Interviews - Guitar Center". gc.guitarcenter.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.

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