“Hit That” was the first single from The Offspring’s album Splinter, released in 2003. Some consider the album to be the beginning of the band’s downfall, others see it as their last great album before things went pear-shaped. I did want the album went it was first out because, at the age of eight, I thought “Hit That” was the best song around. And because I hardly ever saw its video on TV, I used to go to the band’s website and watch it endlessly.
To be honest the song hasn’t aged that well. It sounds like it was made for 2003, and that year only…. Maybe 2004 too. The keyboard line doesn’t have the same effect it did all those years ago. But nostalgia’s sake makes me listen to it. It does still get me singing along too.
Sleeping around with many people and not thinking about the consequences is the main subject of the track, and it differs from many other tracks on Splinter in that it is carried by slick bass groove rather than punk guitar chords. I’s not their best song, but don’t let that stop you from hearing it out.