Conspiracy of One is the sixth studio album by American punk rock band The Offspring, released on November 14, 2000. It is the follow-up to the successful Americana.
The Offspring have come out in support of file sharing, claiming it does not hurt sales. This album was originally planned to be released directly on their website before retail, until their label threatened to sue.
To date, Conspiracy of One remains the band's final studio album with the "classic" line-up, as drummer Ron Welty left the band in early 2003 to pursue his career with Steady Ground.
Production and marketing
After the 13 month Americana
tour, The Offspring soon began writing songs for Americana
's follow-up. Produced by Brendan O'Brien
(of Pearl Jam
, Bob Dylan
, Stone Temple Pilots
and Papa Roach
fame), the album was recorded at NRG in North Hollywood, California
. Writing and recording sessions lasted from May
to September 2000
Conspiracy of One
was released on November 14
, and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Five weeks after its release, the album was certified gold and platinum.
Liana Jonas of Allmusic described Conspiracy of One as The Offspring's "most musically mature collection to date". Jonas praised the music as "tight arrangements, vocal interplay and refined guitar work" and claims the band injected "elements of hip-hop, rap-metal, and Nirvana-like grunge into a few songs". The album received a rating of three and a half out of five stars, while producing three singles, "Original Prankster", "Want You Bad" and "Million Miles Away", that earned The Offspring its critical success.
All songs written by The Offspring
- "Intro" – 0:08
- "Come Out Swinging" – 2:47
- "Original Prankster" (with Redman) – 3:42
- "Want You Bad" – 3:23
- "Million Miles Away" – 3:40
- "Dammit, I Changed Again" – 2:49
- "Living in Chaos" – 3:28
- "Special Delivery" – 3:00
- "One Fine Day" – 2:45
- "All Along" – 1:39
- "Denial, Revisited" – 4:33
- "Vultures" – 3:35
- "Conspiracy of One" – 2:17
Australian/European Bonus Track
- "Huck It" – 2:38
LP Bonus Track
- "80 Times" (TSOL cover) – 2:07
- First pressings in Australia and UK had the track "Huck It" listed as track 14, later reprints have it unlisted as well as the original Mature audiences rating reduced to a PG rating in Australia.
- The "Intro" track samples a speech made in concert by Mike Love from The Beach Boys.
- "Special Delivery" contains a sample from Dr. Hook's song "Hooked On A Feeling".
- This is the first Offspring album not to contain a ska/reggae track since 1992's Ignition.
- This album is also an Enhanced CD and contains the karaoke videos of "Original Prankster" and "One Fine Day", and the previous MTV music videos from Americana.
- This is the only Offspring CD where the word "fuck" is never used.
|| 2x Platinum
|| 200,000 |