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Noodles: “I Didn’t Even Quit My Job As A Janitor”

Noodles and Dexter Holland reflect on 25 years of The Offspring’s Smash…

The Offspring’s literal smash, Smash, turns 25 years old this April 3. To celebrate, frontman Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles got together to exclusively tell Kerrang! what made that album – and that whole era of the Cali punks’ career – so damn special.

Check out these tidbits below…

Noodles (guitar): “Prior to Smash, we were pretty much a part-time band. Even when we blew up, I didn’t even quit my job [as a janitor at the Earl Warren School in Anaheim] outright – I took a three-year leave of absence. I was still working there when we were blowing up ’cause I’d promised my boss I wouldn’t quit until the end of the school year. There was this one high school girl that I knew [there] and she used to see me in the morning and say to me, ‘Man, what are you doing? I just saw you on MTV!’

“There were a lot of things at that time that we didn’t do. We didn’t do any late-night TV shows until Days Go By [in 2012]! On Smash, we turned down Saturday Night Live, simply because we didn’t think we were good enough. Again, I think that has something to do with the fact that we were a part-time band.

“We did do the Billboard Awards, which was on TV, but it wasn’t widely viewed. The organisers were pissed off that we played Bad Habit rather than one of the hits, but we thought, ‘We’re punks. We’re not a pop band. Let’s go out and fuck things up a little bit.’”

Dexter Holland (vocals/guitar): “We actually considered playing Too Drunk To Fuck [by Dead Kennedys] at the Billboard show. In the end we played Bad Habit. But we played raw, and at the end I dived into the crowd. I remember the looks on the faces of the people at the front as I did this, and thinking, ‘Wow, these aren’t the same people that come to see us when we play [punk venue] Gilman Street!’”

You can read our full, exclusive interview with Dexter, Noodles, and more key figures in the scene at the time, in the new issue of Kerrang! magazine. In stores Wednesday March 27 and available to order now.

Posted on March 25th 2019, 5:00pm
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