The Meaning of Life (The Offspring song)

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"The Meaning of Life"
The Meaning of Life by The Offspring.jpg
Single by The Offspring
from the album Ixnay on the Hombre
Released August 15, 1997
Format CD[1]
Recorded 1996
Genre Skate punk
Length 2:56
Label Columbia[2]
Writer(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Dave Jerden[3]
The Offspring singles chronology
"Gone Away"
"The Meaning of Life"
"I Choose"

"The Meaning of Life" is a song released by the American punk rock band The Offspring. It appears as the second track on their fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre (1997) and was released as the fourth single. The single peaked at #90 on the Australian ARIA singles chart in August 1997.[4]

Track listing[1][edit]

CD single[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Meaning of Life" 2:55
2. "I Got a Right" (The Stooges cover) 2:19
3. "Smash It Up" (Live, The Damned cover) 3:01

Promo CD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Meaning of Life" 2:56

Music video[edit]

A music video was made in support of the single. It was directed by Kevin Kerslake and released in 1997. The video features a high-speed wheel chair race in the desert. The race footage was intersperced with shots of lead singer Dexter Holland hanging upside down in a tree with a capuchin monkey.

DVD appearances[edit]

The music video appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD, released in 2005.

References in popular culture[edit]


Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 90


  1. ^ a b "The Meaning of Life". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Offspring, The – The Meaning Of Life". Discogs. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Offspring – The Meaning Of Life". Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ "Tekken: The Motion Picture (1997 Video) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Snowriders II (1997) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 

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