Although they achieved commercial fortune in the mid-90s, the Offspring had been a staple of the southern Californian punk community since 1984. Bryan Dexter Holland (29 December 1966; vocals/guitar) and Greg Kriesel (b. 20 January 1965, Glendale, California, USA; bass) announced their intention to form a band at a party where they heard TSOLs Change Today for the first time. Kriesel then joined Manic Subsidal, with former Clowns Of Death guitarist Holland, plus Doug Thompson (vocals) and Jim Benton (drums). When Thompson was forced out, Holland took over vocals, while Benton was replaced by Clowns Of Death drummer James Lilja. A third Clowns Of Death member, Kevin Noodles Wasserman (b. 4 February 1963, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), joined later. Manic Subsidal was renamed the Offspring in 1985. Shows supporting artists such as Econo Christ and Isocraces followed, at an average of one performance every two months. Their debut...
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