The ’90s were a freewheeling time of easy California days and low self-esteem. It was a simple era where you could be fly for being a white guy. But now, we live in the 2010s, when, unfortunately, none of that is true, yet some still thirst for those halcyon days when The Offspring were kings. Well, it just so happens that a large portion of their music catalog is available to own, including albums like Ixnay on the Hombre, Americana, and Conspiracy of One and some select songs from earlier albums. So, how much would something like owning the rights to “Come Out and Play” cost someone?
Think about a number in your head. Okay, got it? Now double it. Double it again. Okay, great, probably still not enough, because it’s estimated that their catalog is $35 MILLION!!!
Wow, that is a lot of copies of “Original Prankster.” Anyway, Billboard explains where that figure comes from:
Also available are publishing rights to songs outside of the Columbia catalog, including “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem” off 1993’s aptly titled Smash. Both songs were not only anthems of the time but also continue to have significant recurrent play on such stations as KROQ Los Angeles. The station leads all Alternative chart reporters with 7,000 and 8,000 plays to date for the tracks, respectively. The band’s assets generate about $3.1 million in combined annual net publisher’s share and label share, sources say. Of that, two-thirds can be attributed to master recordings, insiders estimate.
So, despite the songs being decades old, they still are in regular rotation at major rock stations. And, you know what? That’s perfectly fine. Sometimes, you gotta get away and just crank a skate punk song from 20 years ago to firmly plant your feet on the ground. Another factor to consider: The three full albums included in the package sold a combined 7.6 million copies. Spend away, millionaires and major corporations.