The Vandals
The Vandals
Background Information
Origin Huntington Beach, California
Genre Punk rock, pop punk
Years active 1980–present
Label(s) Epitaph, National Trust, Restless, Triple X, Nitro, Kung Fu
Dave Quackenbush
Warren Fitzgerald
Joe Escalante
Josh Freese
Former Members
Jan Nils Ackermann
Steve "Human" Pfauter
Brent Turner
Chalmer Lumary
Robbie Allen
Doug MacKinnon

The Vandals are an American punk rock band established in 1980 in Huntington Beach, California. They have released ten full-length studio albums and two live albums and have toured the world extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour. They are well known for their use of humor, preferring to use their music as a vehicle for entertainment and sarcasm rather than as a platform for more serious issues. As of 2000, they have been signed to Kung Fu Records.

The band's lineup fluctuated significantly over their first nine years, though founding members Steven Ronald Jensen, guitarist Jan Nils Ackermann, and first consistent drummer Joe Escalante remained regular fixtures. Of the early members only Escalante has remained through all subsequent incarnations of the band. The current lineup of Escalante, Dave Quackenbush, Warren Fitzgerald, and Josh Freese has remained intact since 1990 and is generally considered far removed from the band's early 1980s incarnation. Since 2002 Escalante has released all of the band's albums through his Kung Fu Records label, with Fitzgerald generally producing.

Connections to The Offspring

  • Both bands are from Huntington Beach.
  • The members of The Offspring have cited The Vandals as one of their influences or one of their favorite bands.
  • The Vandals opened for The Offspring on the North American leg of the Smash tour in 1995.
  • The Vandals were the second band (after Guttermouth) to sign to Dexter's label Nitro Records.
  • The Vandals' 1982 EP Peace Thru Vandalism was originally released on Epitaph Records; The Offspring would sign to Epitaph a decade later.
  • Josh Freese, who has been a member of The Vandals since 1990, played drums on the Splinter, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace and Days Go By albums as well as the Greatest Hits track "Can't Repeat".
  • Dexter wore a Vandals t-shirt during the Smash-era, and in the video for "Self Esteem".
  • The Vandals thanked The Offspring in the liner notes of their Nitro-era albums Live Fast, Diarrhea (1995) and The Quickening (1996). The Offspring thanked them back in the liner notes of Ixnay on the Hombre.
  • Dexter co-wrote the song "Too Much Drama", taken from The Vandals' 1998 album Hitler Bad, Vandals Good. The chorus melody of that song is reused "Walla Walla", taken from Americana, which was released five months after Hitler Bad, Vandals Good.
  • The Vandals wrote a song called "Aging Orange" (taken from The Quickening), which pokes fun at Mike Palm of Agent Orange's claim to ownership of a style rooted in ancient Middle Eastern music, which was used on The Offspring's first major hit "Come Out and Play".
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