The Offspring
Ixnay on the Hombre



by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
June 11th, 2006 | 13 replies

Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

The Offspring certainly are four lovable guys, with nick names such as Dexter and Noodles then who could resist" By the second line Iím running out of things to say except from this: Album number four is usually when a bandís sound can get stale, especially if they kept to the same style throughout their career. The Offspring changed their style before this album. While albums before Smash were raw and tried hard not to be hard-produced, Smash showed a cuddlier and produced sound. Ixnay on the Hombre pushed that sound more while still having a few fast punk songs in the mix. This album had more pop-punk songs on it than Smash but still kept to a punk root.

The songs are a lot more serious, the band still havenít entered the humorous phase they went through with Conspiracy of One. This album is no joke but it does have its funny parts. Me & My Old Lady makes me think Dexter likes kinky sex and Cool to Hate seems like a joke song but I get the meaning behind it. It simply is a metaphor for the stereotypical teenage angst that some people hold.
The albumís objective is simple: not to make a big fuss and label it the best album ever. It isnít the best album ever, far from it but it is a solid, thoroughly enjoyable album. The Offspring deliver with this album with its fast punk-ish atmosphere tinkled with catchy pop melodies. This album also showed a different side to the band using more emotion in it. Gone Away, The Meaning of Life, Amazed and Change the World shows a more mature side to the bandís writing and shows they donít restrict themselves. The album is really consistent, the band has always been when writing albums, I can listen to every single Offspring album all the way through and this album is no exception. The production can be a bit muddy at times but that doesnít distract from a great album.

The lyrics are a major upgrade from the rascal lyrics that Dexter used before. They are a lot more interesting and have a better meaning behind them. Gone Away is obviously about a lost loved one. Way down the Line is about a cycle in oneís family. For example, the lyrics, ďan angry man gets drunk and beats his kids, the same old way his drunken father didĒ is an obvious give-away. The lyrics do get to the point of silliness with the song Donít Pick It Up which describes a small boy mistaking a turd for a chocolate bar. Itís funny but creates some weird imagery. Amazed and Mota have some classic lyrics as well.
Noodles provides some more catchy power chord riffs with Greg backing it up nicely.

This album is when Dexter starts to produce a very studio-driven voice with reverb and what seems doubled-up at points to give the album that extra oomph. Ron is an interesting drummer and keeps a good hard beat but can also be found doing fast fills in true punk style. The band isnít technical but thatís not what the genre is about, they are just four young guys making fun music. Thatís all there is to it. Cool to Hate is quite a stupid song but the song is fun and quite fast. The lyrics are about hating everyone at your school. An example of this is:
I hate a lot of things
I hate a lot of people that are lame
I like to hate stuff
Cause then I don't have to try and make
A change
I hate teachers
I hate school
I hate the cheerleaders
And anyone who's cool
I hate the office
I hate the Quad
Don't wanna learn nothing
I want to be a slob
My favorite song on the album would again be hard to point out as I like a lot of the tracks. All I Want is a big contender as it runs just under two minutes. It is a fast punk song but it isnít a joke song, it seems pretty serious. It is catchy as hell though and you canít help but feel a certain vibe when listening to it. Change The World has references to older songs but using a riff thatís like a signature riff to the Offspring. It also uses the same drumbeat and everything but the main part of the song is the important part. It has such a cool guitar part in it and the song is again quite catchy but the guy talking at the end is a bit rude:

I think you guys should try heavy metal, kiss my ass!

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Electric City
June 11th 2006


lol, you crazy negro. Good shit.

June 11th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

yeah the guy at the end, is just an opinion of someone trying to change the world, in a very lazy fashion.

June 11th 2006


yeah the guy at the end, is just an opinion of someone trying to change the world, in a very lazy fashion.
Ah right haha

June 11th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

It seems you were influenced by my 'include a cool line at the end of the review in bold' style.

June 11th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Mota and Me and My Old Lady are the Offspring at their best. Nice review.

June 11th 2006


Good review. Not very long, but it gets to the point.

This was my favorite Offspring album, but I can't really listen to any of them anymore. I don't know why, but it seems all the music I loved 2 years ago just annoys me now.

Mota was always one of my favorites.This Message Edited On 06.11.06

June 11th 2006


offspring rool.

June 11th 2006


No. No they don't.

June 11th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I've been loving this album a lot recently.

I'm pretty sure that the 'guy' at the end is actually a girl.

Calvert Deforest is her (his?) name This Message Edited On 06.11.06

June 11th 2006


Second excellent Offspring review in two days. Well done Mr. Frog

June 11th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

One of my favorites from the band. I think they kinda of went downhill after this one. Don't get me wrong, I still liked Americana, Co1 (not so much though) and even Splinter, but nothing compared to their first 4. Amazed and Change the World are my favorites from this currently. Mota's lyrics are hilarious.

Decent review, again short but good. And the lyrics to Gone Away are said to be about Dexters wife, very sad.This Message Edited On 10.27.06

Digging: PUP - Morbid Stuff

June 12th 2006


And the lyrics to Gone Away are about Dexters wife, very sad.
Awww, that makes the song ten times sadder.
It seems you were influenced by my 'include a cool line at the end of the review in bold' style.
Something Vague anyone?

The Sludge
June 12th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

I got done with this review, but I'm gonna postpone it for a much latter date. It really has nothing to say more than what has already been said, thats my biggest worry. But I have to write reviews for the disc that changed my musical life. Good review btw. and that hidden track pwns.

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