I sort of thought this was a stupid topic at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted know other people's thoughts on the subject.
Some Offspring songs sound better live than they do on the album, and some of them actually sound better on the album, and others fit into both categories. I do prefer them live, overall, though.
What do you think? I'm not asking for favorite/best or least favorite/worst, just which songs you think sound better live compared to their album versions, and vice versa.
Here are just some examples of my opinion on the matter.
Gotta Get Away - Noodles always throws in awesome riffs and the energy is great.
Have You Ever - the build-up to and the bass solo itself. Did you really expect me to give a different reason?
Staring at the Sun - the backing vocals. Again, would I have another reason?
Hammerhead - Greg K's and Noodles' backing vocals give a great harmony to the song and the guitars sound great live.
Bad Habit - everyone knows this particular song is better live!
Hit That - on the album, the bass has too much distortion and it sounds more like a rock song live. The only trouble with it live is the vocals are so high-pitched and loud that Dexter has trouble hitting the notes live.
Better on the album
Pretty Fly (for a white guy) - I like it live, but it sounds kind of bad tuned down. It's very noticeable.
All I Want - same reason as Pretty Fly.
Come Out and Play - sometimes it's better live, but the guitars usually sound so different than the album and a lot of times Greg's microphone volume is too low.
Want You Bad - the guitars typically sound a bit messy and unclear compared to the album version.
Cruising California - it's not one of my favorites, but only the chorus sounds good live.
Why Don't You Get A Job? - I like it live because Noodles is always funny on back-up and it never quite sounds the same twice. However, I like all the instruments used in the album version.
Gone Away - I like it live because the crowd always gets into it and the instruments always sound good, but the album version is so full of emotion and the effects on the vocals in the chorus make quite an impact.
Self Esteem - I like it live because Dexter gets the crowd to sing along, Noodles jumps around like the rock star he is, and who doesn't enjoy Greg K's bass dance? But, again, it's a very hard song to sing in the right key, especially the chorus.