Especially because this kind of music is not generally considered acceptable by the mainstream - so, for something like this to happen, it really took us by surprise. Punk rock bands like Green Day and Rancid were gaining popularity, and riding on this wave of popularity, Smash' s singles became radio rock hits. The second single released from the album, " Self Esteem ", became a radio hit, managing to peak at number 4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, although it didn't hit number 1 like its prior hit, "Self Esteem" was actually more popular and more successful worldwide.
The lyrics are about an abusive relationship in which the girl takes advantage of her boyfriend, as he has "no self-esteem" to stand up to her. Contrary to popular belief, the song is not autobiographical. In an interview Dexter revealed that it is about one of his old friends.
The third single, " Gotta Get Away " was another rock radio hit, although it was not as successful as the previous two singles. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Being the last song written for the album, the lyrics describe a point in Dexter's life when he was suffering from extreme pressure due to the then-upcoming deadline of the album. A fourth song, "Bad Habit", received radio play in some areas, but was never officially released.
However, it is often their set opener and is a favorite among fans. The lyrics discuss road rage to Album) point where the protagonist shoots at the car in front of him. The only cover in the album was "Killboy Powerhead", by The Didjits. Critical reviews of Smash were mostly positive. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it a Better Off Dead - Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction (CD record, filled with enough heavy riffs to keep most teenagers happy".
Erlewine praised the music as "relentlessly heavy". For the album, he claims that The Offspring had "crossed over", because of the success of its single "Come Out and Play", which "stopped and started just like Nirvana. Despite obtaining early support from the Los Angeles modern rock radio station KROQSmash initially received little attention from radio and television stations.
On October 29,it peaked at number four on the Billboardand since then, was in various places on the chart for weeks. Smash made history becoming the first album released on Epitaph Records to obtain gold and platinum status, and has been certified multi-platinum in three countries, including the US,  Australia,  and Canada.
In France, it is the best selling album on an independent label, withsales and 2x Platinum certification. Smash has inspired a number of musicians. During Trivium 's early days, guitarist Matt Heafy performed a cover version of "Self Esteem" at his middle school talent show at Lake Brantley High Schoolwhile the British synthpop group Cuban Boys also covered that song on their only full-length album Eastwood. Brett Gurewitzthe guitarist of Bad Religion and president of Epitaph, had also Album) that he liked Smash and described it as "a very good record".
Along with Green Day 's DookieSmash was among the most commercially successful punk rock albums released ina year when the genre reached arguably its greatest popularity. By the end of the year, Dookie and Smash had both sold millions of copies. Smash has been listed on several publications' best album lists. In Novemberthe album was ranked number two on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums ofbetween Bad Religion 's Stranger than Fiction and Weezer 's Weezer.
Smash, as well as the singles "Come Out and Play", " Self Esteem ", and " Gotta Get Away " have a common artwork theme: an ominous and highly distorted skeleton on the cover, disc, and back of the CD case. The music videos for " Self Esteem " and "Come Out and Play" also have several scenes with a similar skeleton.
This symbol is believed to represent the core motifs of the album: Album), greed, suicide, violence, addiction, and abuse. The skeleton is used to represent that the continuation of these acts will inevitably lead to death or alternatively, the end of the human race. The Offspring toured for more than two years to promote Smash. They began a two-month U, Album). I still like the club thing, even if it's a big club.
I like Stone Temple Pilots—it's not like we're saying we're too punk for that. The band wrapped up the year with a European tour in November and a series of theater performances in December. They toured the U. The Offspring embarked on a full-scale tour in the summer and fall of to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Smash. On this tour, they played the Smash album in its entirety.
Smash has been reissued at least two times. On April 8,the 20th anniversary of its original release, The Offspring announced that they would be releasing a special edition of Smash in mid-August on Epitaph. It was released as a special package that contained the remastered album on both CD and vinyl, restyled artwork, and a large format page booklet containing never-before seen photos. The reissue was also released as a box set; it came with an art print the first Album) which are signed and on linena live photo print, tour pass replica and 20th anniversary items, including a pin, patch and guitar pick.
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