Because we love ‘em all. Here’s your 90’s Video of the Day:
The Offspring - Self Esteem
Yeah I forgot Dexter Holland’s hair used to be like this too. One of their biggest tunes to date, Offspring had just had a big taste of success with “Come Out And Play” when they got to shoot the video for “Self Esteem.” A hit worldwide, the song wasn’t one that everyone in the band dug. Guitarist Noodles (Kevin Wasserman) said he didn’t understand the point of slowing things down and thought the structure was odd. Thinking those dollar bills helped the song make sense.
They stuck with trusted director Darren Lavett, who employed footage of people doing stunts along with stylistic shots of younger actors to cut into the band performance. Dexter Holland does say this song is based on a true story of his own experience but the video doesn’t have much connective tissue with that theme.
Smash was so aptly named and for an independent label to release it was unheard of. It took $20,000 to make and was done on a serious deadline with Dexter having multiple songs to finish with just two days left.
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