20 years of ‘Smash’: Silverstein, Motion City Soundtrack, more reflect on the Offspring’s album

April 08 2014, 10:00 AM EDT By Colin McGuire

Anti-Flag"I don't remember the first time I heard the record, but I remember hearing the songs on the radio; that was my first exposure to the record. As a young punk-rock kid, I thought it was sell out bullshit. We all thought that anything that came out of the West Coast was pop and crap. As I've gotten older, I've been able to see things in the perspective that they really are, and it was an amazing time in music because punk-rock bands were getting the commercial airplay they deserved. Seeing that now, yeah, it's a great record, and it's amazing that that record was able to become commercial music. I think that was the beginning of the resurgence of punk rock. It brought Rancid and Green Day, and it gave them a chance to bring punk-rock ideals to the mainstream. It took crap music off the radio—at least for a little bit. When you hear an Offspring song now, it's like, that's amazing that they were actually playing that on the radio. 'Self Esteem' was a punk-rock song. That's the thing. It was a punk-rock movement. It was a punk-rock band. That feel, that anger, to some extent, came through in that song."
Pat Thetic, Anti-Flag

Silverstein"It was so raw. I had never heard a band like that. There was an element of humor to it, and songs were in major keys. The Offspring were the gateway for me to underground punk-rock music. Before I heard that record, I didn't know the use of fast drums and palm-muting and those sort of techniques—ßI only knew about them in the metal world. It really opened my eyes to be able to use chord progressions and singing melodies and song structure."
Shane Told, Silverstein

Forever The Sickest Kids"I think that was the first time I really heard rock music. I was a young skateboarder. I was into skateboarding, and pretty soon it became rock music through the introduction of the Offspring. I remember the lyrics just shocking my young ears. There are melodies on that record that are just so infectious you can't help but copy them in your own songwriting without even realizing it. I've listened to that record so many hundreds of times."
Jonathan Cook, Forever The Sickest Kids