Success can lead you down some pretty surprising paths. After the monster success of Smash, the Offspring were ready for their follow-up album, but ran into some issues with Epitaph, who had released their prior effort and seen it become one of the biggest selling independent albums ever. Before the album arrived, the band made the jump to Columbia Records, which led to a little bit of backlash from the fan base until the group pulled the veil back on what had happened.
In an open letter to fans, singer Dexter Holland revealed that the band had hoped to stay with Epitaph, but the actions of owner Brett Gurewitz soured them on staying. They revealed how the label chief had attempted to sell their record to a major label for a cut of the royalties, took legal action against them to keep them on the label and ultimately sold their contract to Columbia. Holland stated that the band took less money to sign with Columbia just to move away from Gurewitz after the experience.
With the label issues out of the way, the band entered Eldorado Recording Studios in Hollywood in June of 1996 with producer Dave Jerden and plugged away into October. Not interested in giving fans exactly the same record, the guys went more rock based instead of solely relying on the punk sounds that drove their prior album. But even with the the broader musical palette, the attitude was definitely still there. The band dropped the album titled Ixnay on the Hombre, which loosely translates to "nix the man" or "down with the man," on Feb. 4, 1997.
The Offspring — Live in 1997 (Full Concert)