The Offspring Gets Into the Holiday Spirit with Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’

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It’s barely November, but Southern California punk/rock veterans The Offspring are getting into the holiday spirit early.

Earlier this week, the group shared a rendition of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” the Yuletide classic written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry (with Phil Spector) that was made famous by singer Darlene Love in 1964.

The Offspring’s cover is fairly straightforward, and actually suits the vocal range of singer Dexter Holland (who frequently hits higher notes with his band’s original material) well:

This doesn’t appear to be part of a full Offspring holiday album, however, instead looking like a one-off (at least for now).

Per Kerrang!, Holland said of the song:

“It just seemed like the world could use a nice holiday song right now. We’ve always been huge fans of Darlene Love, so when the idea came up to do a Christmas song, we jumped at the chance to record that one…and tried not to wreck it!”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic ruined everybody’s plans for 2020, the Offspring were wrapping up work on a new studio album, which would be their eighth to date. Obviously, it was delayed to some point in the future.

Said Holland of the new material to Kerrang!:

“It sounds like our old shit!  what I’m supposed to say, right? I don’t really know how to describe it. I guess it’s punk rock, but then we throw in a couple of songs that aren’t what you’d normally predict. We have a lot of really fast stuff on there, plus a couple of things that you might not really expect from us. But I’m really, really happy with it.”


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