She's Got Issues

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"She's Got Issues"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Americana
Released October 19, 1999
Format CD single[1]
Recorded 1998
Length 03:48
Label Columbia[2]
Writer(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Dave Jerden[3]
The Offspring singles chronology
"The Kids Aren't Alright"
"She's Got Issues"
"Original Prankster"

"She's Got Issues" is a song by The Offspring. It is the seventh track on their fifth studio album Americana (1998) and was released as the fourth and final single on October 19, 1999. The song also appears as the third track on the EP A Piece of Americana (1998).

The lyrics to the song have a narrator calling out on his angsty, victim playing girlfriend.[4][5] As singer Dexter Holland described, "Today everyone has issues and no one takes responsibility because their mother or their father drank too much or whatever".[6] The title is inspired by the “typical psychobabble” present in talk shows.[7] The music for the song was inspired by the song “Hold on Loosely” by 38 Special.

Track listing[edit]

Version 1[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "She's Got Issues" 3:49
2. "The Kids Aren't Alright" (Full Mix) 4:56
3. "All I Want" (Live) 2:29
4. "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (The Baka Boyz Low Rider Remix) 3:01

Version 2/UK CD1[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "She's Got Issues" 3:49
2. "The Kids Aren't Alright" (The Wiseguys Mix) 4:56
3. "The Kids Aren't Alright" (The Wiseguys Instrumental) 4:56

Version 3/UK CD2[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "She's Got Issues" 3:49
2. "All I Want" (Live) 2:02
3. "The Kids Aren't Alright" (CD Extra Video) 4:56

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and animated by Wayne White,[8] shows a usual workday of a young adult woman (played by Zooey Deschanel, in one of her first acting credits),[9] and the things in her everyday life, that she finds disturbing or annoying, are enhanced by grotesque cartoons, which represent her imagination. On the Making the Video episode on "She's Got Issues", Dexter Holland described it as an "anti-video" for its highly conceptual nature.[10]

The woman is first shown sleeping in her bed. She wakes up and fries two eggs for breakfast. After watching TV while eating, she changes into her clothes and goes downstairs. She then takes the subway to work. She works at a photo printing shop and is caught by her boss stealing a photo and quits after an argument. She consults her psychiatrist about her issues. She then runs back to her apartment and is welcomed by the band playing there.

DVD appearances[edit]

The music video also appears on their video collection Complete Music Video Collection, which was released in 2005.


Chart (1999) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 89
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 59
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 60
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 41
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[16] 19
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[17] 11


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