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Ixnay on the Hombre is the fourth studio album by American punk rock band the Offspring, released on February 4, 1997 by Columbia Records. After the massive commercial success of their previous album Smash (1994), the band entered the studio in the middle of 1996 to record a new album. The title combines Pig Latin ("Ixnay" is the version of the word "nix," familiar in 1940s Hollywood movies) and Spanish ("hombre", "man") to convey the message "fuck The Man", as in "fuck authority".[2]

Ixnay on the Hombre
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ReleasedFebruary 4, 1997 (1997-02-04)
RecordedJune–October 1996
StudioEldorado Recording Studios, Hollywood
ProducerDave Jerden
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Ixnay on the Hombre
Singles from Ixnay on the Hombre
  1. "All I Want"
    Released: December 31, 1996
  2. "Gone Away"
    Released: March 1997
  3. "The Meaning of Life"
    Released: August 15, 1997
  4. "I Choose"
    Released: December 5, 1997

Ixnay on the Hombre was a moderate commercial success upon its release, debuting at number nine on the US Billboard 200, and was well-received by both critics and fans. It was later certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of over one million copies in the United States, and has sold over three million copies worldwide.[3] Four singles were released from the album: "All I Want", "Gone Away", "The Meaning of Life", and "I Choose".


Background and recordingEdit

By the time The Offspring began writing new material for their fourth studio album in 1995-1996, they were the biggest act of Epitaph's roster and had originally declined to leave the label before signing a recording contract with Columbia Records. Following the widespread commercial success of the band's previous album, Smash, frontman Dexter Holland wanted The Offspring to release more albums on Epitaph, or remain on the label for a long time. However, tensions were encountered when Epitaph founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz decided to sell Smash to a major label in "return for a royalty override on it,"[4] an action that the band did not like. Gurewitz had approached several major labels, such as Geffen, Capitol and Sony, in attempt to sign The Offspring.[4] The band eventually signed to Columbia, and Holland recalled that they "took less money" with the label and the signing "was not to try and make more money."[4] Holland also claimed that The Offspring signed to Columbia because they would not "record for someone who thinks [Gurewitz] can force [them] to" and would not "record for a guy who's worse than a major label."[4] Recording sessions for Ixnay on the Hombre took place from June to October 1996 at Eldorado Recording Studios with producer Dave Jerden (Alice in Chains, Anthrax, Jane's Addiction, Social Distortion).

On the recording process of the album, guitarist Noodles stated:

Noodles also noted that with Columbia's financing, they had more time to work on the album, specially with the guaranteed studio space - "We did Smash on no budget at all and were constantly calling our studio to find out when it was empty just so we could sneak in at a discount price." - and Holland added that they had "the time to get better sounds."[6]

"Pay the Man" was one of the songs recorded during the "Ixnay on the Hombre" session but was only released on "Americana". "Change the World" is a further development of the unnamed hidden track that appeared at the end of the previous album Smash. "Change the World" itself contains a hidden track, a brief spoken piece by Larry "Bud" Melman of the David Letterman Show.

Release and receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [7]
The A.V. Clubfavorable[8]
Christgau's Consumer Guide [11]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[9]
Rolling Stone     [12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [13]
Select     [14]
USA Today    [16]

Ixnay on the Hombre was released on February 4, 1997, and is the first Offspring album distributed via Columbia Records. Their former label Epitaph Records released it in Europe because of disagreements between the band and the label's founder Brett Gurewitz. The band was able to release its album on Columbia for the US and other international releases but had to complete the album release in Europe through Epitaph. The Offspring would continue releasing albums on Columbia until it was announced in early 2013 that they had fulfilled their contract with the label.[17]

Ixnay on the Hombre peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[18]

The AllMusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awards the album 2.5 stars and states: "Ixnay on the Hombre sounds like a competent hard rock band trying to hitch themselves to the post-grunge bandwagon."[7]

Touring and promotionEdit

The Offspring toured relentlessly for almost a year to promote Ixnay on the Hombre. Prior to its release, they headlined the Big Day Out tour in Australia in January–February 1997, along with Soundgarden and The Prodigy.[19] The Ixnay on the Hombre tour kickstarted on February 11, 1997 at Foothill in Long Beach, California with One Hit Wonder, who had just been signed to Holland's label Nitro Records. A week later, they played five shows in the East Coast of the United States with The Joykiller, which was followed by a ten-date tour with AFI and Strung Out and a European tour with The Vandals and Lunachicks. The Offspring continued to tour over seven-month period from May to December 1997, which included U.S. tours with AFI/L7, Voodoo Glow Skulls/The Joykiller and Hagfish/One Hit Wonder/Good Riddance, as well as a Canadian tour with Doughboys, three Brazilian shows with Charlie Brown Jr., and four shows in Australia with The Living End.[19] Social Distortion also supported The Offspring on selected dates.[20] The Ixnay on the Hombre tour ended on December 18, 1997 in Osaka, Japan, with AFI supporting them.[19]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Bryan Keith Holland,[21] except where noted.

2."The Meaning of Life"2:56
4."Me & My Old Lady"4:33
5."Cool to Hate"2:47
6."Leave It Behind"1:58
7."Gone Away"4:28
8."I Choose"3:54
9."Intermission" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans)0:48
10."All I Want"1:54
11."Way Down the Line"2:36
12."Don't Pick It Up"1:53
14."Change the WorldA" (includes 1:30 of silence at the end)6:23
Total length:42:17
  • ^A "Change the World" uses the same riff from "outro" hidden track in "Smash" before the "Come out and play"/"Pay the Man" riff/hidden track


The Offspring

Additional musicians

  • Dave Jerden – Production and mixing
  • Bryan Carlstrom – Engineering
  • Brian Jerden – Assistant engineering
  • Annette Cisneros – Assistant engineering
  • Eddy Schreyer – Mastering
  • Bryan Hall – Guitar Tech
  • Sean Evans – Art Direction
  • Enrique Chagoya – Cover illustration
  • Lisa Haun – Photography




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[26] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[27] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[28] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[29] Platinum 50,000[29]
Germany (BVMI)[30] Gold 250,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[31] Platinum 60,000^
Italy (FIMI)[32] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[33] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[34] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[36] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[37] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[38] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 1,000,000^
Worldwide 3,200,000+[3]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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