Forgotten Jam: The Offspring "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"

It was 2008 and  the Offspring were coming off two (lets be honest) crappy albums and BOOM they broke back into the scene with Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. The 3rd single from the album was "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" which is the band's 3rd No.1 single after "Come Out and Play" and "Hit That." "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" stayed at No. 1 for 11 weeks, making it the longest consecutive run for any Offspring single at No. 1.  This is the band's most successful hit of the 2000s matching the success of their 1990s singles that the band was known for.  - Jason Rossi 

The music video for this single was directed by Chris Hopewell, who has also directed videos for several other bands. It was the first time that Hopewell and the Offspring had collaborated on a music video. On October 16, 2008, it was announced on the Offspring's official website that the video would debut Friday, October 17 at 3:00 pm Eastern/12 noon Pacific on Myspace.com.

As in the videos for "Hammerhead" and "Hit That", the video contains largely CGI and does not include any footage of the band performing the song. However, unlike "Hammerhead" and "Hit That", the video also contains live actors recorded by camera mixed in with the CGI effects.

The plot follows a peasant working in a garden in a dystopian future. Suddenly, a plant goddess appears and gives the peasant a magical, golden acoustic guitar and he begins strumming to the song. He enters town and plays for the locals. The magical abilities of the guitar make the peasant a sensation, earning him much needed money and causes various townsfolk to start dancing uncontrollably. The peasant then plays for plague infested townspeople and they are cured by the magic of the guitar. In return, he demands from one of them her expensive necklace while the plant goddess looks upon him disapprovingly. The peasant moves onto a very expensive hotel, but is denied entry based on his appearance. He plays more to earn money for a nice suit. He buys the suit, enters the restaurant and begins to play his guitar for the wealthy socialites, for more money. The plant goddess appears and punishes the peasant for his selfishness by first forcing him to dance alone to the music, then dragging him into the ground through a whirlpool. The guitar lands onto the floor and dissolves into leaves at the end of the song.

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