Offspring Singer: 'I'd Always Say Lyrics Don't Matter, It's All About the Music'

Singer Dexter Holland talks about changing attitude towards the importance of lyrics.

Offspring Singer: 'I'd Always Say Lyrics Don't Matter, It's All About the Music'
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Offspring singer Dexter Holland decided to hop in on the everlasting debate regarding the importance of lyrics within the rock realm, initially taking the side of music.

Reminding us of a music vs. lyrics debate we recently held around here, Dexter told Loudwire that for a long time, lyrics didn't matter to him.

"I was never focused on lyrics before. I'd always tell people lyrics don't matter. It's all about the music and the melody of what you're singing and it's kind of interesting looking back because some of the songs that have done the best for us are ones that people seem to really relate to the lyrics. It was almost an afterthought a long time ago but now I realize how important lyrics can be so I spend a lot of time working on them," he said.

Discussing the 20th anniversary of the band's hit record "Smash," as well as the album's impact on future writing sessions, the vocalist noted, "I think it’s natural for someone to revisit stuff they've done before if you're trying to make something up, if you're an artist or a writer.

"Sometimes you try to get away from that because it can be a trap in a way because then it just sounds like you’re putting out the same stuff all the time. But when it's been a while and you go back to it, you can see it from a new angle or perspective and go, 'Wow, that was kind of cool because it was raw and straightforward.' So I think it does. You try and take all of those things in small bits in order to make something new," he concluded.

The latest Offspring effort, "Days Go by," saw its release in June 2012, marking the band's ninth studio release.

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    mitchy86
    Man has a point. you could have amazing, poetic lyrics but if the music and melody is lacking, it just won't hit as hard.
    greif hammer
    Misleading title. He clearly states that this was an old opinion of his and now lyric writing means more to him. Heck you've even quoted him in full, but thrown half of the point away in the headline. "I was never focused on lyrics before. I'd always tell people lyrics don't matter. It's all about the music and the melody of what you're singing and it's kind of interesting looking back because some of the songs that have done the best for us are ones that people seem to really relate to the lyrics. It was almost an afterthought a long time ago but now I realize how important lyrics can be so I spend a lot of time working on them ," Come on UG.
    jamie_hough
    This to me is always a yes and no thing. Some music it matters - Tool, Dylan etc, but others it really doesn't - like Offspring. BUT having said that, it would be jarring if a band like Offspring starting singing about existential LSD induced alien abduction hallucinations, so even when its 'mindless' stuff like Offspring, the lyrics still have to be right.
    One.
    I find it weird that you'd pick Rosetta Stoned, I always thought that hit less hard than something like The Kids Aren't Alright. Don't get me wrong though, I agree that usually Tool's lyrics feel more substantial, but when I think of that I more think of stuff like Vicarious and Sober, personally.
    FlameOn
    I love the lyrics on their 'Ixnay on the Hombre' album. "Gone Away" has simply-written lyrics but they're awesome in their meaning. Same with "Amazed". Generally I quite like the Offsprings' lyrics.
    siamesedream777
    Well, he may have a point. But it's kinda dissapointing reading that from a guy who wrote some cool, great and inspiring lyrics like Dirty Magic, Self Esteem, Come Out and Play, Americana, The Kids aren´t alright, americana etc.
    Allysonb7001
    didnt he just get in trouble for buying a bunch of private jets and not paying them off?
    Chickendirt
    The lead singer of Sigur Ros, Jonsi, generally sings in his own made up gibberish called Vonlandic. Makes no sense but he produces more emotion through the tone and sound of his voice than most other artists.
    rmack4341
    More emotion with a non existent language that makes no sense? Does 'stupid' count as an emotion?
    badbrad
    Gone Away is one my favorite songs ever, still to this day, and I think they lyrics really kick ass (in a sad way)
    a7xrocker201
    I think deeper lyrics need to fit the style they are playing too. You go back to their album conspiracy of one, they have some very punkish songs like "One Fine Day" where the emphasis is more on the music and less on the Then you got their newest album (which wasn't their best IMO) that had more modern rock sound to it and the lyrics definitely had a deeper meaning, but the music was slowed down. I would say you can make a case for either.