311 and the Offspring Cover Each Other’s Songs


Story by Cat Badra, photo by Anne Erickson

Listen to 311 and the Offspring take on each other’s songs in honor of their summer tour together

The guys of the Offspring and 311 are embarking on a major North American tour together this summer, and in honor of the trek, the bands have each released covers of each other’s songs.

The Offspring has recorded a new cover of 311’s “Down,” and meanwhile, 311 unleashed a new version at The Offspring’s “Self Esteem.” Both cover tunes are currently available via digital outlets.

“We’ve always been big fans of the song ‘Down,'” Noodles of The Offspring said in a statement. “Parts of the song sound really heavy and almost dark, but it also has a very uplifting message. We knew we’d never be able to groove it the way 311 do so we tried to punk it up a little.”

“‘Self Esteem’ is my favorite Offspring song,” 311 frontman Nick Hexum exlained. “It’s a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn’t try to act all cool.”

For those who prefer their music on was, the bands have released limited edition vinyl singles with the cover songs on Offspring.com and 311.com.

The Offspring and 311 will hit the road on their North American tour, dubbed the Never-Ending Summer tour. The tour will set off July 25 in Mountain View, California, and run through a Sept. 9 date in Wichita, Kansas. It’s a co-headlining run, with different nights featuring 311 and the Offspring in the closing spot.

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