The Offspring’s Dexter Holland on the making of “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem”

In an interview with, The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland talked about the making of the band’s biggest hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem”, which are taken from the band’s seminal album Smash. Asked how “Come Out and Play” came out, Dexter replied:

“That was the last song I wrote for that album, and I was trying to figure out how to put it together. I liked the main riff, but musically it bounces around a lot. The verses are kind of like a rap almost, more spoken than sung. And then there’s that Middle Eastern riff or whatever you want to call it, which is very Southern California, going all the way back to Dick Dale, and we’d messed with some of that stuff in previous records. I guess I was trying to come up with something in a different way, that would grab you with all these elements. The “keep ’em separated” element was just because I wanted it so there was a stop, with something fun to say in the middle. That just kind of came to me at school one day. So all those things, but you never know if it’s gonna work. You just have to go into the studio like “this might sound weird but let’s try it anyway.””

Earlier this month, The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb, which was released to coincide with the ongoing tour with Bad ReligionPennywise and The Vandals. It is not known if Time Bomb will handle the release of the next Offspring album, which will be their first since 2012’s Days Go By, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.

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