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Smash Remember the punk revival that Guns N' Roses were supposed to incite last year with ''The Spaghetti Incident?'' Ignoring the hype, people just...SmashRock Remember the punk revival that Guns N' Roses were supposed to incite last year with ''The Spaghetti Incident?'' Ignoring the hype, people just...1994-08-12
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Genre: Rock; Producer (group): Epitaph Records; Seasons: 1, 2

Remember the punk revival that Guns N’ Roses were supposed to incite last year with ”The Spaghetti Incident?” Ignoring the hype, people just shrugged and instead found a new breed of punk rockers — first Green Day and now the Offspring, a Southern California band whose independently released Smash has pummeled its way into the top 20. As with Green Day, what did the trick was a hyperactive single — ”Come Out and Play,” an antigun rabble-rouser whose novelty hook (a growled ”You gotta keep ‘em separated”) will pogo into your brain and stay there. The rest of Smash articulates similar Gen-X anxiety, from just-say-no warnings to songs castigating the establishment for ruining the planet, all set to standard-issue surf-punk metal. The days when punk implied seediness appear to be gone; this is music for young men with long hair and muscular torsos. But are the Offspring a new wave or this year’s Ugly Kid Joe? Ugly Kid who? B-