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-
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