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Offsprings’s Smash Album Gets 20th Anniversary Reissue

It’s a wee bit late–the album’s original 20th anniversary release date was April 8–but let’s not be so pedantic about it.  Offspring’s Smash–still the biggest-selling indie record of all time–was released today in a newly expanded form.

Wait.  “Biggest-selling indie record of all time?”  Yep.

At the time, The Offspring was signed to Epitaph, one of punk’s most famous imprints–and an independent record company.  By moving somewhere north of 20 million units, The Offspring sold more records as an indie than anyone else in history.  Full stop.

Here’s what you get in the the Smash 20th Anniversary Edition (I’m quoting from the press release):

– LP version containing the original 14 album tracks newly remastered on 180-gram vinyl
– CD version containing the original 14 album tracks from the most recent remastering
– Restyled album package artwork in a deluxe custom die-cut LP box
– Large format 24 page booklet featuring never before seen archive photos by Lisa Johnson
– Firsthand recollections and quotes from the band and others telling the story of that historic time.

The new version is out today (August 19).  Fill yer boots, 90s-era punk fans.

Alan Cross

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