A part of the huge revival of punk in the mid-1990s, Holland and his bandmates appeared in the mosh pit of unknown fanzines and college radio with their 1994 album Smash—one of the greatest-selling records of all time on an independent label.
The son of a hospital administrator as well as a school teacher, Holland grew up in suburban Orange County, earning excellent classes in school and participating in high school sports. Despite what seemed to be a Happy Days plotline, his counterculture trajectory started taking root when Holland was in his teens, being a lover hardcore punk groups as Agent Orange, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks, and The Sex Pistols.
In 1984, Holland and his track and field teammate Greg Kriesel were at a show by local punk band Social Distortion when a riot erupted. Although two needed to leave the event early, they were forever altered by the encounter: Shortly following the show, they made a decision to form a group called Manic Subsdial, which would later become The Offspring. Despite never having played instruments before forming the group, Holland strapped on a guitar and Kriesel picked up a bass guitar. The two were shortly joined by Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman and Ron Welty, pacticing often and landing shows.
Nested in the manicured landscapes of Garden Grove, California, the group lacked the rich musical land of Seattle, where Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sound garden were helping direct the indierock charge. Shortly, Holland’s voice became a regular of MTV lineups and Top 10 radio. Unexpectedly, Holland found himself facing among the best downfalls to get a counterculture music group: Success.
“Who really wants to hear a lot of success stories whining about their success? Moreover, what can function as the drive behind a group, what can they must ramp against when they have been successes? That is a dichotomy every successful group wrestles with.”
Oxymorons however, The Offspring have appreciated a continuous flow of success thanks to tracks nearly entirely written and composed by Holland, featuring a unique (and nearly contradictory) combination of both pop and societal criticism. In June 2012, the group released their ninth studio album, Days Go By.
Dexter Holland studied microbiology in the University of Southern California, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology as well as a master’s degree in molecular biology. He earned his nickname, “Dexter,” from co-workers when he was a pupil because of his studious nature and high classes in school. He’s additionally an accredited pilot and once flew around the planet in 10 days. Also, he possesses the hot condiment brand “Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce.” Holland wed Kristine Luna in 1995 and they have one daughter together, musician Lex Land (produced Alexa Holland). The couple called it quits in 2012.