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You can only play the punk rock rebel card for so many years and so many novelty singles. Can’t you? It’s certainly a problem The Offspring face head-on. These four men, just into their late 30s, have both Smash (biggest selling indie album ever) and the even bigger Amer/cana (ten million copies) under their ever-expanding belts. Yet they’ve given away a million dollars of their own money to a fan in a prize draw, and released their last single, ’Original Prankster’, free on the internet. They've got fans all over the globe who no doubt consider them to be punker than Sid Vicious’s decomposed corpse, but play to most of those fans in vast hangars usually occupied by the Eltons and Ideal Home Exhibitions of this world.

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