Before filming the video for "(Can't Get My) Head Around You," the second single from the Offspring's latest album, Splinter, Dexter, Noodles and company got ready for their close-ups. All 125 of them.
More than that many cameras were used to shoot the clip, which director Joseph Kahn (Britney Spears, Eminem) described as "the ultimate performance video." The 19-hour production, shot late last month, required the band to play in front of the multitude of lenses. Each camera's footage will be edited together for a circular camera effect similar to the "Matrix" movies' "bullet time."
The performance-based clip is a complete turnaround from the band's last video, the narrative "Hit That," in which the band was completely absent from view (see "Lens Recap: The Story Behind The Offspring's 'Hit That'").
"With videos it's really important to mix it up," singer Dexter Holland said. "Because it's one thing to hear a song too much on the radio, and you go, 'Maybe I'm sick of this song.' But if a band doesn't approach the video thing correctly and you see them too much, it's not the video but the band you get sick of."
The song, which surfaced at radio last week, is a return to the Offspring's mid-1990s Smash-era form. The whoa-oh-oh choruses and tearing guitars are closer to songs like their breakthrough "Come Out and Play" than their 1998 novelty hit "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and the mid-tempo sing-along "Hit That." No matter how far the Offspring may stretch their creativity, Holland said their old-school punk influences will always permeate their albums.
"That's kind of at the core of what we do," he said. "It's that kind of music that inspired us to start a band. Bands that I grew up listening to in Orange County, bands like the Adolescents and T.S.O.L. And then, of course, there was Dead Kennedys and the Ramones and all that stuff that's a lot more worldwide.
"That kind of music might be more or less popular at any given time," he added, "but it will never die."
Currently on a European tour, the Offspring have lined up a handful of new North American dates upon their return.
Offspring tour dates, according to Columbia Records:
- 4/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza of Nations (CFOX-FM radio show)
- 4/11 - Seattle, WA @ The Premiere
- 4/13 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
- 4/15 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
- 4/18 - San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
- 4/20 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
- 4/23 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice (WZTA-FM radio show)
- 4/24 - Tampa, FL @ Zephyr Hills Festival (WXTB-FM radio show)
- 4/25 - Orlando, FL @ Lee Vista (WJRR-FM radio show)
- 4/28 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Theatre