Last December, Minneapolis singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski found themselves with an unexpected viral hit: their rewrite of the holiday standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside” climbed the streaming charts and zipped across the internet. The pair gained widespread media attention as the country debated: is “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a creepy song? Is this a good way to emphasize the importance of consent? What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?
This year, the rewrite — released as a single by local nonprofit label Rock the Cause, with proceeds going to organizations addressing sexual violence — is surging in popularity again. I invited Lydia and Josiah to stop by The Current and talk about everything that’s happened. Below, watch the interview and their 2016 in-studio performance of the song.