I'll Be Waiting (The Offspring song)

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"I'll Be Waiting"
BlackballWaiting The Offspring.jpg
From left to right: Dexter Holland, Noodles, James Lilja, Greg K
Single by The Offspring
from the album The Offspring
B-side "Blackball"[1]
Released July 1986
Format 7" Vinyl[2]
Recorded 1986 at South Coast Recording in Santa Ana, California[3]
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 3:26
Label Black Label[2]
Songwriter(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) The Offspring and Jim Dotson[3]
The Offspring singles chronology
"I'll Be Waiting"
"Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated)"
"I'll Be Waiting"
"Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated)"

"I'll Be Waiting" is the first single by punk rock band The Offspring released in 1986. A re-recorded version of the song appeared on their self-titled debut album, which was released three years later. It was the band's first official release, and is the only single issued by the band with original drummer James Lilja.


Several versions of "I'll Be Waiting" were released. One was released in 1986 as a 7" single,[1] with "Blackball" as the b-side, and was the band's first official release. This single was reissued in 1994,[1] following The Offspring's commercial success with their third studio album Smash. A demo version of "I'll Be Waiting" (then-known as "Fire and Ice") was recorded for the band's demo 6 Songs earlier in July 1986.[4] That version can be heard on the long-out of print Subject to Blackout compilation tape, which was also released in 1986[5] (this version is also available for free to download from the European Offspring website).[6]

After James Lilja left the band, drumming duties were left to Ron Welty, who assisted the band in re-recording both tracks featured on the single for the Offspring's debut self-titled album which was released in 1989 (and re-released in 1995). "Blackball" and "I'll Be Waiting" were released as the 9th (and 10th) tracks on the album, respectively, and produced by Thom Wilson.[7]

The re-recording of "Blackball" (the B-side of the single) from the band's self-titled LP was featured in the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.[8]


The cover of the "I'll Be Waiting" single features a black-and-white image of the band members as shadows behind the Offspring logo. The same cover can also be seen on the insert of their self-titled LP, and also on the back cover of the 1995 reissue of the same album.

Track listing[1]

No. Title Length
1. "I'll Be Waiting" 3:26
2. "Blackball" 3:06


The band itself released "I'll Be Waiting" on Black Label Records (which the band named after a brand of beer), as a 7" vinyl record.[2] Only 1000 copies[9] of this record were made. 500 of these were released with a sleeve and 500 without, and it took the band two and a half years to sell them all.[3] The copies that remain have been known to fetch upwards of $100+ due to its scarcity; this is considered the rarest release in The Offspring's catalogue among collectors. An unofficial reissue released in 1994 features a white label and the fact it's a reissue on the back cover.


  • Dexter Holland (credited as B. Holland) – Vocals
  • Noodles (credited as Child C-2017) – Guitar
  • Greg K. (credited as Greggor) – Bass
  • James Lilja (credited as James Frederick Lilja) – Drums


  1. ^ a b c d "I'll Be Waiting / Blackball". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "The Offspring – I'll Be Waiting". Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Offspring, The – I'll Be Waiting / Blackball". Discogs. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "Offspring, The – 6 Songs". Discogs. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Subject to Blackout tape". Kill From The Heart. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Offspring 1986 Demos [ReMastered By ANDiTKO]". Theoffspring.eu. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  7. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Offspring – The Offspring". AllMusic. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Justin Calvert (October 16, 2002). "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 soundtrack revealed". GameSpot. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  9. ^ "History". Offspring.com. Retrieved July 27, 2008.

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