The Offspring guitarist Noodles explained this song's meaning in an interview with Lollipop Magazine: "Rather than getting all bummed out about how screwed up life is ... you can write a song about how people are always keeping you down and making you live by their rules, or you can say, 'Leave me the f--k alone' and go do your own thing."
This evolved from a song called "Protocol" that frontman Dexter Holland wrote as part of a Bad Religion songwriting contest held by Epitaph Records, The Offspring's label at the time. It was dismissed by Epitaph owner (and Bad Religion guitarist) Brett Gurewitz, so Holland reworked the song to suit his own band.
This is featured in the video game ''Crazy Taxi'' and is also featured in the computer game ''Jugular Street Luge Racing."
This peaked at #18 on the US Mainstream Rock chart and #13 on the Alternative Songs chart.