After seven albums and more than 32 million in sales, The Offspring come full circle with Columbia Records release of Greatest Hits on June 21, 2005, the bands first-ever, career-spanning collection of their most memorable songs. The album features thirteen classics that have all reached the Top 10 on Billboards Modern Rock Tracks chart plus the brand new single, Cant Repeat.
And while Cant Repeat gives a glimpse into The Offsprings present and future, the past is well-represented with the three hits from their watershed 1994 Epitaph album, Smash, Come Out and Play (Keep Em Separated), Self Esteem and Gotta Get Away. Smash went on to sell 11 million copies worldwide, making it THE most successful independent release of all time.
The complete track listing includes all the hits from the bands Columbia Records catalog: All I Want and Gone Away (97s Ixnay on the Hombre); Pretty Fly (for a White Guy), Why Dont You Get A Job? and The Kids Arent Alright (98s Americana); Original Prankster, Want You Bad (2000s Conspiracy of One) and Hit That and (Cant Get My) Head Around You (03s Splinter). In addition, Defy You, the hit single from 2001s Orange County soundtrack, rounds out the set.
The Offsprings Greatest Hits came out in two versions, both as a conventional CD and as a DualDisc, with the DVD side including the full album in 5.1 stereo; in-the-studio audio commentary by Holland and Noodles, offering anecdotes and insight into the stories behind the hits; and an acoustic performance of Dirty Magic, a song from the groups 1993 Epitaph album, Ignition.
On April 9, 2008, Dexter announced on The Offspring's official website that the band had finished recording the new album. He also announced that the album would be called Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace and would be released on June 17th. The album's first single, "Hammerhead", went to radio on May 6th. Additionally, The Offspring's official site provided an MP3 download of the song to the general public on May 5th.
The supporting tour for the album began on May 16th with a performance at the X-Fest festival in California. On May 28th it was announced on the band's website that Scott Shiflett (from Face to Face) will replace bassist Greg K on current tour dates due to a "scheduled family matter". Kriesel plans to return in mid June.
Epitaph Records also announced that the label would be re-issuing Ignition and Smash; both albums will be remastered and Smash will have a new 24 page booklet. The re-issues are due out on June 17, coinciding with the new album's release.