Think it’s fair to say that “Gotta Get Away” is one of The Offspring’s most tracks in the band’s discography. Found on what is considered to be their finest album Smash from 1994, the song was chosen to be released as the third and final single almost a year after Smash had been out. It wasn’t as commercially successful as the two preceding it, but it remains a popular song amongst many an Offspring fan. It’s just got this very intimidating and tough sound that you don’t find very often in other Offspring singles. The music video further emphasises this.
The introduction brings in each member one by one, firstly with Ron Welty’s hard-hitting tom-tom drum pattern followed by Greg K’s cool bassline and finally with Noodle’s high-end scratching guitar phrases. With a strike of the crash cymbals, all three members come together as one to really get things going and eventually lead into Dexter Holland’s trademark double-tracked vocals, singing about wanting to be anyone else but himself due to symptoms of strong paranoia.
Song’s mad. Despite its pessimistic subject matter there is something brutally confident about the music’s delivery…. It’s strange. But it does its job.