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Offspring frontman loves the sauce

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How can one tell when a punk band is no longer relevant? One sign could be when its frontman comes out with a line of hot sauce.

The Offspring have long been labeled sellouts dating back to their breakout album Smash. And last year’s unambitious Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace did nothing to restore the band to its Ignition days.

However, a blog post on the L.A. Times’ website reports that Offspring lead singer and guitarist Dexter Holland has developed a brand of hot sauce called Gringo Bandito, which is being sold throughout Southern California and Las Vegas.  

While Holland, who is a pilot and USC graduate, isn’t your typical rock star, I can’t see Sid Vicious shilling hot sauce.

There are a lot of musicians out there who throw their names behind some product, such as Kid Rock’s beer and cigars, Britney Spears perfume and Willie Nelson’s bourbon. All of these seem somewhat appropriate.

I trust that ol’ Willie knows his Whiskey, but when it comes to dousing my burritos in hot sauce I don’t want the guy who sang LAPD staring back at me from the bottle.

But wait, the Aquabats love it so it must be good.

On Holland’s website,, under “testimonials” the Aquabats are quoted as saying, “Gringo Bandito drops more mad flavor than Flavor Flav.”

Well I’m sold. 

Perhaps if Holland, who the blog describes as a “renaissance man” (a word never to be associated with anything punk rock), should focus on learning some new power chords and leave the hot sauces to Alice Cooper.  

Regarding music news, The Offspring just released its music video for its song “Kristy are you doing okay?” from Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.

The video features Holland playing an acoustic guitar and cuts between images of notes on a wall and a girl, presumably “Kristy,” in high school. Green Day has done this sort of thing already, and it did it much better.










Written by David Young

February 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Posted in Music

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