I got talked into doing a weekends work on Vans Warped Tour this weekend, and was looking after The Offspring (I used to do a lot of music work, but these days pretty much just shoot full time). I’m generally not one to gush, but working with these guys really bought back a lot of memories from when I was in early high school and would borrow tapes of friends and listen to music that would have ordinarily made its way into our house (not that I could ever afford CDs, which, ironically haven’t really changed in price in twenty years).
I remember my guitar teacher figuring out all these riffs from Offspring songs for me.. I’d sit there and play the little riff from “Come Out and Play” for hours on end, it was addictive. When I finally learnt how to play “Self Esteem” i thought it was just plain awesome. When so many friends were all obsessed with playing Metallica solos or whatever, I just loved smashing out power chords so much. I still do. There’s something strangely satisfying about the sound that makes it never get old.
Anyway, I remember a youth group leader talking about how at one of the schools he talked at you could always tell the guys that liked Offspring. He talked about how they’d have long hair and they’d always be looking down and be all gloomy. He talked about how we had Jesus and how we could have joy, and strength etc etc. I just looked up the video of this song, and it’s funny looking back on it as an adult.. We all felt like that, Dexter just put it into words.. And having an anthem like that was kind of freeing, and made you feel better. Someone else felt it too. Ironically, that youth group leader (who, don’t get me wrong, was an awesome guy, he really was) ended up dying ten years later from an OD when he was using with students. Where most of the rest of us that listened to cool music that made us feel better ended up pretty balanced adults.
I have three of the biggest prints i’ve ever had done in @ccp_australia Kodak Salon that opens this evening. It’ll be packed, but pop down for a look either tonight or throughout the week. I’m pretty excited about them!