Seven Things You Didn't Know About Smash

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The Offspring back in the day
This week, we brought you a retrospective on The Offspring's landmark third album, Smash, which celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Frontman Dexter Holland offered some interesting, funny, rather self-depricating words on the band and where they were at that stage in their careers. More importantly, it gave you a little more insight into a band that you probably thought you knew everything about. Holland had plenty of stories about the making of the album that we couldn't cram into the main story, so we though we'd bring them to you now. Wanna know where that weird riff from "Come Out and Play" came from? Who was that guy who does the smooth voice over on the album's intro? Were Holland's lyrics for "Bad Habit" inspired by his own road rage? Find your answers here.

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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on Their New Arena Football Team

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Top row: L.A. Kiss co-owners Schuyler Hoversten, Doc Mcghee, Brett Bouchy; bottom row: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

This week, our cover story profiled Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS before they officially launch their new arena football team, the LA KISS inside the Honda Center this month. It's been a big year for KISS. Outside of owning their own AFL team, they've been inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, an honor they do not take lightly. This interview took place before the controversy surrounding the band's decision not to play in at the ceremony, so any of those questions weren't addressed. Not every tidbit from the interview made the main piece, so here are some of our favorite moments from the story that were left on the cutting room floor (including an episode of road rage Paul Stanley experienced while driving home from Anaheim).

See also: Our cover story on L.A. KISS


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Capital Cities Almost Signed a Deal With Rick Ross, Worked With Andre 3000

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In our print feature this week, we caught up with Los Angeles' Capital Cities who have been flying up the pop charts on the strength of their hit single "Safe and Sound." Ahead of tonight's sold out show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, we decided to share a few interesting tidbits that didn't make the cut for the piece and you can read those below.


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Tomahawk Are Not Dungeons & Dragons Rock

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Tomahawk prepare to share their deepest, darkest secrets

Last Sunday night, the noise rock/experimental metal stylings of Tomahawk promise to shake up the Observatory. The intrepid, multi-city-based group--whose ranks include personnel from the Jesus Lizard, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Battles and Melvins Lite--are currently promoting the thrillingly moody Oddfellows, their first record since 2007's Anonymous. For this week's print feature, we spoke to guitarist Duane Denison about the four-piece's dynamic and process, but space restrictions kept us from retaining a tabletop-gaming-related metaphor and details on the band's eating habits in Nashville. Here's more straight from the man himself.

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Mike Ness of Social Distortion Speaks About The Band's Future

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Ahead of the band's multi-city House of Blues tour, we had the chance to chat with Mike Ness of Social Distortion about an array of topics. Most of what we discussed made this week's print feature, which you can read here. Here are some of the questions that didn't make the story and if you read below, you can see his take on Bruce Springsteen, including him telling us that he'd be at Tuesday night's show, though he wasn't sure if he was going to be performing yet. Take a look after the jump.

OC Weekly (Daniel Kohn): Whose idea was it to do the House of Blues run?

Mike Ness: It's kind of a tradition that we like to do not every year so it's predictable, but we don't play Southern California a whole lot, so this is our chance to do it. We usually do it at the end of our touring cycle and it becomes more fun and not really work with touring and traveling. It's a good way to end a cycle and begin a new one.

Is there any new material in the works?

Yes, I'm currently writing a new record. It will come along better once I stop touring. I can only do one or the other. I don't really write on the road, so I get ideas and I file them and when I get done touring, I revisit them. In 2013, we've scheduled very little playing. We've built a new rehearsal studio, so we'll see about that.

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Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains Vents Heavily About His Band's Documentary, 'A Band in D.C.'

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Darryl Jenifer: Bad ass bassist, punk rocker, rasta soul brother, golf pro

This week ,we got the chance to snag an interview with Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer to talk about the survival story of the legendary hardcore outfit who just put out a new album. Read the full story here. Of course we got a change to branch into other topics including a pretty revealing rant about the band's 2012 documentary A Band in D.C., the new music he's been working on outside of the Brains and a his latest invention--a new genre of music he calls "Blackmo." Here are some juicy excerpts from our interview that didn't make the print story.

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Original Wailers' Al Anderson Went Through Legal Hell to Preserve the Legacy of Bob Marley's Backing Band

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Original Wailers executive producer and guitarist Al Anderson (featured in the paper this week) joined Bob Marley and the Wailers in the wake of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer's departure from the band, working with Marley from 1974 until his death in 1981. For Anderson, a U.S.-born, Berklee-trained session player who'd previously worked with Stevie Winwood and Traffic, (Island Records label mates of Marley's) the Wailers helped him launch a successful career. However, it's also been marked by tumultuous legal wrangling and personal fallings out with former Wailers. He has faced multiple international lawsuits filed by the band's administrator Jennifer Miller, wife of longtime Marley bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, over the use of the Wailers name, until incorporating as the Original Wailers in his own name a few years ago.

Anderson and his band -- led by Desi Hyson, a Dominican-born keyboardist, vocalist and the band's primary songwriter -- released an EP this year, Miracle, a collection of Hyson originals and a cover of the '60s bossa nova classic "Our Day WIll Come," and are currently on a short tour of the southwest and California in support.

Anderson speaks at length about the unfolding of his career as a Wailer before his show at Anaheim House of Blues 8 p.m. Sunday, November 18. Interview after the jump.

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