Holland was working on his during the Offspring's early years, but stepped away from the program when the band's touring schedule increased following the release of their seminal 1994 album, Smash , which became the best-selling independent record ever. In a recent 20-year retrospective on Smash , Holland recalled to Rolling Stone : "I was pursuing a . in molecular biology [at University of Southern California]. And then I put it on hold. My mom wasn't too happy about that! My professor thought I was making a terrible mistake. But it wasn't just like I was saying, 'Fuck it.' We could tell this was going to be something. And we had to see it through."