Blink 182 have been one of my favourite bands for a very long time now and I have always felt very inspired by their music.
Blink 182 are an American punk rock band and they were orignally formed by three members in 1992. These three members were Tom DeLonge (the vocalist and guitarist), Mark Hoppus (vocalist and basist) and Travis Barker (drummer). The band had a life of between 1992 to 2005 when a greatest hit album was released showing their break up due to changes in lifestyle and interests due to children etc. There has however, been new news released that has suggested that the band will once again continue which I was very happy to hear being a big fan.
Blink 182 have released some exceptioal albums in the past, the first was Buddha which was released in 1992. Cheshire Cat and then Dude ranch then followed and this really set the scene for the band. Blink 182 have a distinctive sound that is very punk rock in style. I really have never heard a band whose music is so energetic and fully of vibrance. Within the songs there have been some umbelivable guitar riffs created and some truly excellent drumming patterns by Travis Barker, for example in the song 'Down' the drumming is incredible. Many of the albums have reached platinum many times now which just shows how popular their music is by all.
The album "Enema of the state" was their most successful reaching 15 million copies worldwide which is very impressive. I really would recommend this band especially if you are into this genre of music. I would recommend buying the greatest hits album so that you can get a real taste for the band and develop your thoughts and opinions from there. Blink 182 really are a remarkable band and so lets hope they can produce more magic with their regenaration. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
I thought i would write this as im really excited to hear that blink are back.
I have written some reviews on their previous albums which yes I do love to bits but I'm hoping that the band will mature a bit now they are older and have kids themselves.
After the band went on the "indefinate hiatus" Tom formed a band called Angels and Airwaves, good band i have to admit that but Tom just wasn't the Tom i "knew" if you could say, He became addicted to pain killers and dissapointed many many fans of both blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves. He eventually stopped after a while and is now back to normal...well the new Tom normal.
Tom left the band in 2005 so Travis had to do something. He and Travis Barker (Drummer) did a few songs with +44. He also set up a podcast featuring some bands that weren't well known at HiMyNameIsMark.com i haven't personally been on this yet but i have heard about it from a few friends.
Travis went with Mark to do a few songs with +44 . On september 19th 2008 Travis was involved in a plane crash and was in a very serious condition. 4 of the people on that plane died so Travis is very lucky to still be alive. He is now getting back together with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler.
On 8th of feb this year Travis, Tom and Mark announced that the band were getting back together and are currently in the recording studio writing up their 6th album. I just pray to god it's good other wise im going to be very dissapointed. It has been said that Tom wants to bring some AVA, Box car racer and some old Blink material into this new album so good luck with that i hope it goes well.
When saying i wanted them to be a little bit mature about this i don't want them to be over mature because i do miss the old Blink and hope that they bring some life back to the Fans that they let down in 2005
The Kings Have Returned “Action” by Blink 182 RATING ****1/2 Rather than the hyped dizzying return to their roots for punk/pop’s previous darlings, this is instead a huge step forwards for the group- musically and lyrically. And although the influences are very clear indeed, one can’t help but be charmed immediately by the song’s heady mixture of DJ Shadow style samples, melodies and lyrical maturity akin to The Cure’s Robert Smith (who incidentally, along with DJ Shadow contributes to the band’s long awaited, heavily delayed and as-of-yet untitled album due out supposedly on November 11th) and drumming akin to the late Bon Scott, as if tattoo freak drummer Travis Barker has inherited his spirit. But instead of ending up as an embarrassing pastiche as these concoctions always do, Action is actually a hugely enjoyable, surprisingly mature and short jolt of rock with a heart of gold- a very strange thing for a group that’s favourite pastime used to be writing enjoyable but immediately throwaway songs like “The Party Song” and playing concerts in the buff. But such maturity is a mixed blessing for bands. One can’t deny Blink 182’s ambition here and their huge skill at pleasing their audience, a task at which they’ve only failed at once with 2001’s catchy but depressingly dull “Take Off Your Pants And Jacket”. Just take a look at their back catalogue. Their debut proper, 1995’s Cheshire Cat was a fun, but single-minded romp through suburban punk rock. Although fun, one couldn’t deny how one-dimensional the record was and so Blink182 responded with a hell of a good sophomore record, 1997’s Dude Ranch that still stands as the fan’s favourite, being a winning mix of Cheshire Cat’s tomfoolery and a wider variety of song structures, hooks, tunes and jokes. For their major label debut on MCA, Blink 182 had honed down this
formula into an art form on 1999’s Enema Of The State, their most successful release to date going on to ten million records sold as wee speak, thanks to a number of hits on MTV. But, the band feeling it time to grow up released their first serious song, “Adam’s Song”, a suicide note to a cruel, unforgiving world condensed into a snappy, piano-laden, catchy but morbid pop/punk song. By 2001, the signal was that Blink 182 would be going on to bigger and better things after taking the basic pop/punk formula to its limit on Enema Of The State, but after an indie hit live album, with 2001’s Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, the joke was wearing thin and the band seemed out of ideas for the first time in their career. The vitality, adrenaline and most importantly- the hooks were missing and although the record was another huge hit, one cannot help but feel Blink 182 played the wrong career move. Now that their core audience has grown up into today’s much more lo-fi, experimental and meaningful music- it was time for Blink 182 as well. With “Action” being the first heard material from the band’s forth coming lp, the previous high expectations are now sky high, and with contributions from some of the world’s top indie and popular stars, Blink 182, always seen as jokes in the music industry, may have an album that will shock all that have criticised them for being childish, an album that even could change the musical landscape of today. The music has definitely changed, with Tom Delonge pointing out the “Cure style guitars” and DJ Shadow style sampling and song structures while Travis Barker commenting that its all about edge and impact this time around. On a webcast, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus displayed a surprising jazzy bass line that then morphed into proto-grunge. And now that they aren’t pop/punk’s darlings anymore, with Sum 41 and Good Charlotte tainting their brand na
me- Blink 182 have something to prove… and judging by “Action”, one of the most downloaded songs this year (there are around 400 fake files on the Internet), we are in for a big, BIG treat come November. "I'm not in the scene, I'm falling asleep"- Action, the first serious rock song concerning sex.
BLINK 182 In Brief Blink 182 was one of the first rock type music band I really started liking and I spose that it was a really good thing because now that type of music is my life. Blink 182 is the band that the kids like mainly and only through knowing their complete history and album list would you start the realize the true beauty that is Blink 182. I dont actally know whever they prefere being called blink 182 or one eighty two in person but I hear them introduced on stage as one eighty two. Remebering where I first heard blink would be like trying to nremeber what the whomb looked like, there all over the place. From films to the radio, there isn't a place blink haven't been played. Some people may think that I am slightly juvenille liking blink 182 but they have more albums than the ones with first date and all the small things. So what type of music are they? Well anyone reffering them to POP Punk is only insulting them in there own little way but I spose they are really because POP stands for popular and they are. Blink 182 is teenage punk and theres nothing wrong with that. The 3 members in total Tom delonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker all live in california proberly the best area for punk and still play in Blink 182. Albums Although I am not going to list all of their albums I am going to tell you about some of them. Dude Ruanch is (ironicly) in my opinion the best albums they have ever done and it was the first blink album I bought. There best single on the album has got to be Dammit, a song that I favoured and will do so for years. The Enema of the State album is also a very good record and proberbly the best known, housing tracks such as all the small things and whats my age again? Some of the songs on the record where used for films such as the song Mutt on American Pie. Their newest album Take off your pants and jacket was mass produced and sold, and theefore Blink 182 are regarded as a sell-out band. <
br> This is only a brief summary on blink 182 but I hope to write another longer one. Thank you for your time
Blink-182, what can I say, they are great pop-punk band, with the guitar riffs and Travis, basically, an awesome drummer. Blink-182 are a great band to start discovering pop-punk and they are really talented, yeah, they might seem immature, but that's the point. I mean, I started listening to punk because of them and all, I went from: Blink-182; NoFX; Pennywise; Black Flag, etc. The punk scene basically *connects* to other bands, I mean, I discovered Black Flag by watching Pennywise's "Same old story" and what I'm trying to say is that, if you want funny music to relax, Blink-182 is the way to go. They have happy, sad and stupid songs all rounded up on albums. Yet, TOYPAJ wasn't the best one, and I'm not just going with the "scene" here, but personally, I think it kind of sucked, Enema Of The State and Dude Ranch are the best Blink albums, so don't go waste your money on TOYPAJ, haha. Blink-182 is composed of 3 members. Mark Hoppus (Bass) Tom DeLonge (Guitar) Travis Barker (Drums) The albums they have released are: Flyswatter, Buddah, Chesire Cat, Dude Ranch, Enema Of The State, The Mark Tom & Travis Show: The Enema Strikes Back, Take Off Your Pants And Jacket.
Box Car Racer This CD is Tom DeLonge totally expreesing what he couldn't express in Blink 182. All the lyrics were written by Tom DeLonge. This CD is much darker than anything Blink 182 has written execpt for maybe Adams Song. but this CD is really the door to Tom DeLonge's soul. In this CD he express's everything he might not want to say. All his song are from the heart. Each song has a different meaning to everyone. But no matter what each song will touch you and make you really think about your life and how you interact with the people and things around you. O yea go by the CD! its self titled! ~Kate
I have been listning to blink 182 for a few years now and they are probaly 1 of my fav bands right now along with red hot chilli peppers and slipknot. Some people say that they are the best punk band since the sex pistols and only some. They have many cool songs such as stay together 4 the kids and the rock show. there are many more brilliant songs that i can't be bothered to mention.Actually i will mention a few whats my age again all the small things and all the live songs
I am not your usual punk rocker, I enjoy listening to Enrique and Robbie Williams and had a soft spot for Five when they were together, but there is something about Mark, Tom and Travis that just excites me. I do not know much about the origins of blink as I only became a fan a few years ago, but I will try to explain what I know about their early years. Blink 182 started after the chance meeting of the bands two main members Mark and Tom when they were in High School. Their original drummer, Scott Raynor was replaced by current drummer Travis Barker after Scotts failure to make it to a concert. There songs and live performances are based around comedy, a very crude form consisting of the male anatomy, homosexuals and, well you get the picture, but done in such a way that they more take the mickey out of themselves than the subjects of their jokes. This form of comedy is apparent in their personal live also, apparently when the two first met, Mark climbed to the top of a lamp post and jumped off to show off to his new friend Tom, a few weeks in hospital recovering from two broken ankles didn't dent his hunger for his sense of fun. On to the genre of their music, there has been much debate about this point with many people calling Blink the less talented cousins of Greenday, themselves a great punk band. However, I believe that Blink tend to sing in a punk fashion about more popular subjects such as girlfriends and families, making them a sort of pop punk band, if thats possible. It is very hard to find bands that sing in the same style as Blink, with Greenday coming the closest there are not really any others, believe me I have looked. Blink 182's main albums to date in chronological order are: *Buddah *Chesire Cat *Dude Ranch *Enema of The State *The Mark, Tom and Travis Show *Take off Your Pants and Jacket The style of music from Buddah to Dude Ranch stays f
airly consistent in a more punk style than pop, the singing is not the greatest as neither Mark nor Tom have a great voice, but in my mind I beleive that that adds to the whole Blink style and is wehat makes them great. Enema of the state approaches a more popular style and appeals more to the mass market, this is shown with the great success of "Whats My Age Again" and "All The Small Things" in both UK and US charts, but still has a sense of the old blink. The Mark, Tom and Travis is a recording of the band playing live and includes some hilarious jokes with the help of Satan (you will have to listen to understand) and Toms great voice. Now their most recent album, Take off Your pants and jacket, this album is very differnet from the earlier Blink styles and more appealing to the mass market, many hardened fans blame this on the fact that Blink signed up to a major record label and pressures from them to sell more copies, ie. changes the style to appeal more to mass market. Still contains some great songs such as "first date" and "stay together". Bands I enjoy that are in the same style to Blink 182 are: *Greenday *NoFX *A *Alkaline Trio *Saves The Day *Hundred Reasons My fave Blink songs are: *Adams Song (Enema of the State) *Stay Together (Take off Your Pants and Jacket) *Degenerate (Dude Ranch) *Voyeur (Dude Ranch) *Pathetic (Dude Ranch) *Dammit (Dude Ranch) If you do decide to listen to Blink, try a few songs before passing judgment as one or two are not to everyones taste. But most of all, enjoy
This is my review of the new Blink 182 album which is selftitled. I hope you find it useful. I would like to start off by saying that this is their 'growing up' album and is absolutely brilliant! Though I have been waiting a long time for the band to make new material, since the previous 2001 release Take Off Your Pants and Jacket album infact, I am still very impressed! The band experimented with different kinds of effects when recording using a mantion as their recording studio, and came out with some fantastic results. Their lyrics and music sounds much more mature with no more songs like 'F**k a dog' like the pevious album, and the drummer, Travis Barker is allowed to finally show what he is capable of, which is incredible! Travis Barker is a superb drummer, possibly one of the best in the world, which is proven by material on this album. Guitarist Tom Delonge and Bassist Mark Hoppus have decided to keep the 'I fucked your mom' jokes to their free time and have concerned their lyrics with more important topics, and the two best friends have also concentrated on improving their musical talents aswell with more complicated guitar parts and crisper sounding vocals than before. Even though I have worshipped this band for years now and fell in love with their old stuff, I think it is really cool that they have decided as a band to mature instead of Delonge and Barker's side project, Box Car Racer during 2002, which upset Hoppus as he was left out. The first song on this record, Feeling This, the new single which is available now on a variety of music channels on television, was the first song written by the band for this CD. The lyrics were written by Tom and Mark with both of them sharing the vocals, and it has a cool drum intro which was done using two tape machines. I love this song! Number 2, Obvious, is a much darker song than old Blink stuff. It has a heavy guitar riff at the begging and angry
sounding vocals with Tom shouting in the chorus. For the verses, there is quiter guitar and the drums rule as usual. Track 3 on this CD is a favourite of mine: I Miss You. This is an acoustic song with brushes used for the drumming and Mark singing the opening verse. It was written because they are huge fans of The Cure and Tom was listening to their song 'Love Cats' and thought a fully acoustic song would be a good idea. Violence is number 4. This is another fantastic song which combines odd effects from different musical styles which you wouldn't expect to be paired together. For the verses it has a wierd clicky sound in the background, and a cool, fast guitar riff for the chorus. The breakdown is my favourite part and I love the lyrics 'like violence you have me forever and after, like violence you kill me...' Stockholm Syndrome is another favourite of mine. It starts with Joanne Walley reading out letters Mark's grandfather wrote to his grandmother during the Second World War with soft piano in the background. The fast muted guitar in the verses gives a nice effect and I really really like the chorus with Tom shouting the first halves of sentences and Mark calmly finishing them. Down starts with guitar and then is joined by the rest of the instruments. It repeats the word down many times in the song giving a calm effect and I particually like Tom's vioce in the verses. He wrote the lyrics about a boy sitting in a car with a girl while it rains, wanting to kiss her. The Fallen Interlude is a chilled interlude made by Jacken who was given a beat from the end of down to work on. Late in the song, some lyrics are added but not by the band's voices. Go is such a rad song - It is fast and reminds me of old Blink 182 music but still has meaningful lyrics like 'are we all victims of oppertunity?' The chorus is fabulous and simple with Tom shouting 'go go go
go go ' and as this song is rather short and very catchy, it is so brilliant. 9. Asthenia is about an astronaut who is sitting in a space capsual floating above the earth. It has some effects at the begging which sound like an astonaut, and it has an amazing guitar riff which isn't too complicated but is effective. The confusion of the astronaut is shown in the lyrics 'should I go back should I go back should I? I feel alone and tired'. Always uses four bass guitars at the end - a Fender Bass VI, a Fender Percussion bass doing two differnt riffs and a Roland Synth bass which sounds like a keyboard. Travis uses uses a cabassa as an accent before hitting his snare which gives a great percussion effect. This song has an 80's effect and a really fast tamborine is used for choruses. The song stops, sounding like an ending then continues after a second - it rules! Easy Target is about a high school friend of theirs who was invited to go to the prettiest girl in school's house and when he rode his bike there, they jumped out and sprayed him with a hose. He was humiliated and sad. At the end of this song, the guitar keeps playing with effects added and it blends in with the next song when Travis' drumming joins it. All Of This features vocals from Robert Smith of The Cure, who the band are all huge fans of and the track was sent over to England for his to add vocals. I adore this song - it is slow and peaceful but has lyrics with a meaning 'Another night with her but I'm always wanting you'. Robert Smith's voice makes this song even better as I think it is just the right track for a sound like that and the sound of Travis Barker's drumming is excellent. Tom's voice in the chorus just adds to the brilliance of this track 'Use me Holly come on and use me'. This is the second time the name Holly was used on the CD... The drumming continues at the end for a bit and then
ends. <br ><br <b r>> He re's Your Letter has a strange but cool effect at the beggining and is another pop-punky fast song with cool verses and chorus' and I just love it like the rest of the songs! The lyrical content is about people's inability to communicate with one another, and how words and explanations only confuse the issues. It is a rad song and sounds kind of pop punk but with slightly heavier guitar tunes than usual when it brakes into different parts. The last song on the CD is called I'm Lost Without You. In my opinion, it is just beautiful and meaningful - the lyrics are something everyone can relate to 'are you scared of being alone? 'cause I am. I'm lost without you'. To me they show true love. The keyboard in the intro is amazing. This song takes you somewhere else - so many different tracks were recording, giving such a brilliant effect, and it gets slightly heavier but not really for the choruses. This song truckin' rules! It sums up Blink's mature change and before judging the band on their decision to explore, they should hear this song properly. It rules so much and the fast and complex drum beats at the end give a wonerful effect and also gives Travis a chance to show off. I would deffinetly reccomend that all real and true Blink 182 fans buy this album because it is deffinetly worth it and is probably their best yet with a lot more emotion and thought put into it than most old recordings I have heard. For those of you who have only heard the new single, Feeling This, and are not too sure: try to hear some more new songs, there are some much better than Feeling This, though it is a great song. This album can be purchased from Play.com for the really cheap price of £8.99! Though the UK version does include two bonus tracks- Not Now and Anthem Part Two (live). The book includes all the words and some amazing new pictures of the band (still looking hot!)
. Thanks for reading my review on o ne of the best albums of this year :-) I hope I did it justice with my review. If you enjoy albums like Brand New - Deja Entendu and Funeral For A Friend - Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation, or maybe even more pop-punky bands like New Found Glory and The Movielife (R.I.P) this could be an album for you.
i know lots of people that dont like them and very one is entitled to their own opinion. so heres mine...... not everyone that likes them now liked them the first time they heard them, but the first time i heard them i knew they were cool. i think the first song of theirs that i heard was josie, i heard it when i was 9 and loved it. i think some of their best songs are josie, adams song, aliens exist, dammit, dont leave me & well all of the songs they ever wrote. but thats just my opinion. songs like degenerate & anthem parts 1 and 2 are really funny. blink 182 (even though their line up has changed with having travis instead of scott) are 3 of the rudest, most strange, disgusting, funniest and even better hottest guys ever to release music. especially music as good as theirs. all of these are the reasons that you will love them, (or hate them if you're weird but that cant be helped. lol) in my opinion they are the greatest band ever. p.s. please will people stop saying that the spelling in my opinions are like text msgs! what do you expect from a 14 yr old? i filled in the purchase info even tho sadly i cant buy blink 182.
dooyoo, you should be ashamed of yourself. you classify wheatus as harcore punk or metal and then you put blink-182 as pop or rock. and to add to that embarrassing mix up you haven't created a page for box car racer's self-titled debut album. sorry ian, i've had to do this again but this time i have put my opinion in blink in general since bcr is the guitarist and drummer of blink so guess this is allowed. anyway straight to the opinion. bcr, well i was shocked when i heard tom delonge of blink was starting up a side project with drummer travis barker and two other punk buddies. in fact i felt let down. it seemed that blink were on the verge of splitting, even though they had just completed one of the greatest records of their career- toypag. last week a week after release because i had loads of work to do before then i bought bcr's self-titled debut album anticipating a total stinker. how wrong was i- very. delonge said this record is inspired by all the bands who made him want to be in a band in the first place. he said it would be more hardcore and experimental than anything done on blink records. he was right for this record will not be met kindly by ears used to blink and green day and weezer and the strokes for that matter. i would rate this next to weezer's pinkerton as one of the darkest albums of all time and there are several similarities between the two throughout the album. the album begins with i feel so, the lead off single. starting with a broken piano tune this song reminded me of weezer's across the sea from pinkerton. both have instrumental piano beginnings and end up very loud. when the short piano finishes in comes the acoustic guitar and for a split second i was fooled into thinking this to be a tender instrumental tune. bang. the drums cave in as a vibrato guitar jams loudly. the vibrato guitar wavers on one note when delonge comes in with lead guitar with a piercing punk tune and everything go
es mad and gets much louder. the tune carries on for twenty seconds then stops. one second later it carries on, my heart beating to the pounding bassline. twenty seconds later we reach absolute silence. then with acoustic guitar strumming delonge sings the first lines: "sometimes i wish i was smart/ wis i made cures for how people are". beautiful not as good as anthem part two's opening lines but miraculously intimate lyrics. then, the chorus. the crazy guitars come in with a thickened groove playing a distorted tune at maximum volume. "i feel so sad/ feel so angry/ feel so callous/ so lost/ i don't feel good". the track is hardcore to say the least. if you were thinking that this would be thirteen adams songs on one album you were wrong. each track has its own unique sound but each is bleak. second track all systems go carries on the bleak theme during its quiet verses accompanied by a mild tune "the government is lying and the truth is bound with reason". then the hardcore punk tune kicks in with a slow pounding drum beat and the chorus "we can't go wrong can't get f**ked this time- speak up now lose your breath just don't get left behind". the track is slow and uncompromising and i prefer it to i feel so by miles. watch the world has an excellent tune accompanied by witty but depressing lyrics. the quiet distorted guitars and travis barker's excellent drumming weve a complicated web on which tom delonge sings about watching the world just happen. tiny voices injects a well needed bout of testosterone and teenage spirit into this album. it's retro rock style tune is met by scathing lyrics and self-depreciation "nineteen marks up walls each year one short fall- tiny voices- make things harder". it has a hook bigger than weezer's dope nose or hash pipe. i really think its chorus has a better hook than nirvana's so called classic smells like teen spirit. a
nyway towards the end the plinking keyboards come in until a pounding conclusion is reached. no offence but cat like theif is the worst track on the album or any blink album ever. yes i'm sure it has hidden meanings but to me it just sounds like a farmer smoking dope and crooning about pigs instead f a song about love. nice try though guys. and i has a wicked hook and it reminded me greatly of weezer's pink triangle from pinkerton. from its nasal voiced vocals to its want you girl but can't have you lyrics this is pink triangle. although pink triangle is clearly the superior track and i seriously has a infectious chorus and i tip it to be the next single. its all sing along stuff here. letters to god is the second best track on the album. it starts with an acoustic guitar playing an infectious tune that you have to hear to believe then delongs sings about the end of the world and the big guy giving everyone a second chance. this is carried on for three minutes and then i was suddenly blown away. distortion piled up and guitars went crazy while the touching chorus was made evn louder "maybe i don't want to go- an't you wait- maybe i don't want to smoke". its a winner and i rate it better than adams song but it doesn't have that classic status adams song has. and now we come to the funniest track ever made injecting even more testosterone into the album. at one and a half minutes my first punk song is a college dorm rock classic. forget happy holidays boring or sometimes that are all previous blink short classics this is the short pumped up song. the vocals aren't sung but are like whined by a drunk person and the guitars are way too loud and hardcore so that the vocals are hardly heard. the impression given is that its a band playing at a house party with terrible equipment. the chorus "i've got problems- she's got b**bies/ they gave me syphalis/ now i've got no d**k/ s**t&
quot; is absolutely classic material. its fun and charming. sorrow is adams song. from its three note guitar hook to its lyrics about sorrow it is great stuff. hear it to believe it. there is is a good but mild track that although it sounds heart warming stand no chance against the other tracks on this album. think of pete yorn and you're there. the end with you is superb. its hardcore riff breaks through all the silence and sweeps you up in a tidal wave of sound. not much of a tune but still mosh pit quality. the chorus is more than infectious as delonge screams about the end of the world again. good stuff. the best track on the album goes to elevator. it will touch anyone on the earth who is a living person. it's quiet tune is reminiscent of a more punk feeder while its drumming is full of velocity and adrenaline. delonge sings about jumping off a skyscraper and seeing your whole life just flash before your very eyes "the concrete looks too thin to break my fall- below- whoa- below- whoa". it's sheer great stuff. bass player of blink mark hoppus even comes in to record guest vocals but he sounds a bit out of place on this album. no ffence to mark he is the bets member of blink. track thirteen is instrumental crap. forget. so my verdict is that this is one of the most compelling punk albums of the last ten years. better than the overrated nevermind and better than blink's enema of the state and maladroit from weezer. however it isn't as good as weezer's pinkerton although there are similarities between them. buy it now and for the person who wants me to write in capitals- f off.
I first heard of Blink 182 at the end of ’99, and didn’t really think that much of them. Of course, I only heard one song at the time, and since it didn’t grab me, I didn’t investigate any further. Then came the film ‘American Pie’, and without knowing it at the time, I was about to become a huge Blink fan. It was the song ‘Mutt’ that did it. Whenever I hear it, I think of Jason Biggs’ character rushing backwards and forwards in an attempt to see ‘Nadia’ naked. It seemed kind of ironic, the choice of song, because Biggs’ character ‘Jim’ was definitely a ‘dawg’. Anyway, enough of the film, what about the band? A whole lot of fun, even if a little one dimensional. They’re probably as famous now as Green Day ever have been, and the accusation could be leveled that they’re just a clone. I don’t think they are, and any criticisms as such, are probably overlooking the fact that if no one took their influences from other bands, there would be precious little new music around to listen to. They’re several albums into their musical career, and the best of the lot is probably ‘Take off Your Pants and Jacket’, with ‘Enema of the State’ a very close second. Both albums are filled with quality, though there is also enough filler around, to pad the CDs out. I get the impression that the guys love what they’re doing, and if they’ll keep on doing it, till they’re bored. When the bubble bursts, they’ll probably spend their lives snowboarding, and kicking back. Good for them. Will they be remembered in 10 years time? Yeah, they will. Not by the mainstream music buying public, but at least that way we’ll be spared the “they won’t be remembered like the Beatles are” stuff we will hear so often about current music. I may be the only one, but I couldn’t c
are less if I’ll remember them in the future, I will simply enjoy them while they’re around, and for some time after. Tastes in music change over the years anyway, so I’d be surprised if this was my favourite genre of music in 10 years time anyway. How much artistic merit is there in their music? Just about none, and that’s the way it should be. Maybe I’m just underwhelmed by critically acclaimed music, and just listen to what I like, and like listening to what I want. Does anyone need to be told what’s good and what’s bad? They’ve probably got 2 or 3 albums left in them, but it remains to be seen whether the market will still be there when they do. Or perhaps the newcomers like Sum 41 will have taken their place. I think there’s room for all of them, but who knows. Enjoy it while you can!
Ok so not exactly Blink 182 but it does feature them and Dooyoo don't have a Box car Racer album section. Imagine Blink 182, and what do you see, you see 3 stupid American punk rockers excelling themselves on the down right dirty lyrics. I have always liked Blink 182, I have every last one of their albums/demo?s including a copy of Flyswatter but those that don?t like the punk band admit that both Stay Together for the Kids and Adam?s Song are quite good. And why? Because these songs are emotional, cleverly written and well thought out songs that aren?t silly or rude but serious and thought provoking. Now two members of Blink 182 Tom Delong and Travis Barker don?t wish to be remembered as dirty punk rockers, they can be serious musicians and instead of changing the multi-million dollar idea behind Blink 182 they start a new band, Box Car Racer. So imagine Stay Together For the Kids, combine it with heavier guitar noises and you?ll get exactly what Box Car Racer is all about. Tom and Travis join forces with David Kennedy and Anthony Celestino and formed the band, but enough about the history and the members lets get down to business, what is the album like and is it any different to Blink 182. Well oppositionists point out that nearly the entire Blink 182 team is here the only one who isn?t does make a guest vocalist appearance (Mark Hoppus), they also point out that its still punk and that the vocals sound the same. Well of course the vocals sound the same because it?s the same singer, the songs are far more serious than anything Blink 182 and the heavier sections are far more frequent than in Blink songs. So no this isn?t Blink 182, every criticism of the Blink has been rectified and this is one stunning album that looks set to change my life. 1: I Feel So The single is out July 8th and this is one of the greater songs, emotional, sad and somewhat happy. Similar to Blink?s quite songs in many ways this song is excell
ent. The intro is larger than off the Tele but this isn?t negative in any way, it is a great song filled with brilliant guitar rifts and thought provoking lyrics. 2: All Systems Go I downloaded this song via Kazaa and I wasn?t overly impressed (still good) but the album version is incredible, I really like this song the verse?s are a little to be desired but the tune is impressive and the chorus is great. Not as good as I Feel So but damn close, ?we are the underrated all forgotten kids who made it?, classic. 3: Watch The World Now this is very good, Tom removes the accent used in the last song and goes back to his classic American styled voice. The beginning verse is long and the song begins to seem like a quite moving song, but as it progresses the heavier style moves in and this is great as it is still a moving song. Songs like this prove to anyone this isn?t simply Blink 182 with a new name. Another incredible piece. 4: Tiny Voices Not as good as the above, but considering how good they are it doesn?t really matter. A little more Blink in here but still no silliness, As the Song reaches half way the song gets quieter and it begins to get a lot better, soon ?tiny voices? seep in before the quite section restarts and this makes it go some way to living up to its prequels. ?Everybody will be let down?. 5: Cat Like Thief You have got to love this song, as it starts you may question how good it is but soon enough Tom enters and the song turns into one of the best on the album. A really amazing catchy tune and brilliant vocals add the mystery of the song that will make you smile. Magical is the best word I can use to sum it up, almost choir like sections, and this would be a brilliant song to end a gig on, two thumbs up. 6: And I Nice into begins a Blink style song about girls and love but this is far more emotional than the lyrics that can be found in blink?s songs. Some nice dr
umming by Travis and classic Blink guitar sections. The song isn?t the best but its far from bad, worth a listen. 7: Letters To God A much moodier song, a moving piece that I?m not sure that I like, the ending does hit with an incredible heavy bout of guitaring that goes someway into adding some extra emotion to it, damn good. 8: My First Punk Song A much faster heavier song than anything on the album, I don?t like it, blink lyrics mixed with box car sounds, and it ending with ?I?ve got no dick? I think you get the picture. Worst song probably. 9: Sorrow Nothing special like shown in I Feel So or Cat like Thief, nothing wrong with it but it does sound very bland compared with other box car songs, heavy bits mixed with slower sections and emotional lyrics, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing bad but noting particularly good to keep you listening. Better than My First Punk Song at least. 10: There Is Ah now this is more like it, brilliantly emotional, sounds as if it straight from the heart. It isn?t heavy but it is very good, brings a tear to your eye a nice piece about the feelings someone has for a girl. It is much better than Blink 182?s ?She?s Hot? it is about love and feelings and is very nice to listen to. Nice one Box Car. 11: The End With You Similar to There Is, emotional and thought provoking lyrics, heavy chorus, slow verses not much different to average Box Car stuff but there is an added something here that does make it slightly above There Is which I can?t put my finger on, the chorus is nice so maybe that?s it. 12: Elevator Nothing special for most of the song but when the duel voices enter you realize it hit harder than you original thought. It isn?t the best on the album but it has its moments of smiles and clever lyrics. 13: Instrumental Guess what this is :) that?s right and instrumental, don?t really know what to say,
the triangle style noises are nice touch but the heavy tune is much of the same. Alright and the ability to end abruptly, ok. 14: I Feel So (Video) It is a cut down version of I Feel So but only slightly, the song is as good as always it did make me get the album after all. The Video is odd to say the least, toys moving on their own, children crying. Confusing definatly but oddly watchable, intriguing and sad similar to the lyrics of the song, works well. So what do I think overall? Probably the best Punk album on the market, not as silly as Jerry Finn?s Sum 41, not as silly as his Blink 182?s. It is his emotional punk band, incredible. ?Cause I Feel so Mad, I feel so angry, I feel so calloused, so lost confused, again I feel so cheap, so used unfaithful, lets start over lets start over?. Dringo.
It's not that I hate the pop-punk trio but I think there quality of music could stand to improve a little. No actually I think that Blink need to improve A LOT. No Forget the whole last paragraph, Blink 182 should split up and all get caught up in some religious cult where they are not allowed to listen to, or play, music. That way, we'd never have to listen to them screeching on about having sex with peoples mums ever again. Don't get me wrong, Blink 182 are an average band. The only reason say that is because of their infectious riffs and catchy beats. If it wasn't for the stupid lyrics, idiotic members and trying-to-be-good/funny videos they may even make it to a GOOD band. In Fact, if Mark and Tom had a brain cell that didn't think about sex between them they WOULD get to be a good band ( I am only saying that because I know that there is no chance of that EVER happening). They do have ONE good album though. That is Cheshire Cat and if any of you are thinking about buying a Blink 182 album buy that. The first song, Carousel, is an absolute Classic. Along With Dammit (From The Album Dude Ranch) they are Blink's two good songs If you are looking for a punk band then go listen to Fugazi or NOFX. If you want a pop band go listen to Hear'Say. If you want a pop - punk band DON'T LISTEN TO BLINK!
Do you want to know what 182 means? Keep reading... The Band In General: My favorite band has to be Blink 182. They formed in 1993, and since then have had four recorded albums, one live album and two demo albums. They were originally Mark Hoppus (bass and vocals), Tom DeLonge (Guitar and vocals) and Scott Raynor (drums). When they formed they went by the name 'Blink' but an Irish band called 'Blink' threatened them with a law suit, so they became Blink 182 (beacuse 182 is the number of times the 'F word' is said in the bands favourate film. Mark, Tom and Scott reorded the demos 'Flyswatter' and 'Buddha', They later released the Buddha demo with a few tracks replaced by different ones and it also featured music Blink 182 had recorded for a Reebok advert. Next they released their first full album 'Cheshire Cat', which was followed by 'Dude Ranch'. On one of Blink 182's tours Scott was ill so they needed to find a replacement. Travis was working for another band, but he helped them out and lerned all the songs they were going to perform in less than an hour. Scott left ant Mark and Tom offered the job to Travis which he accepted. Mark, Tom and Travis recorded the albums Enema of the State, which won them the award for 'Best New Act' at the MTV Europe Awards 2000. They then released the Live album 'The Mark, Tom and Travis Show' which featured many lives tracks, and their latest album they relesed was 'Take Off Your Pants And Jacket'. The Albums: Cheshire cat featured 16 tracks; Carousel, M+M's, Fentoozler, Touchdown Boy, Strings, Peggy Sue, Sometimes, Does My Breath Smell?, Cacophony, TV, Toast and Bananas, Wasting Time, Romeo and Rebecca, Ben Wah Balls, Just about Done and Depends. Dude Ranch has one of my favorate songs on it 'Dammit'. The other tracks are: Pathetic, Voyeur, Boring, Dick Lips, Waggy, Enthused, Untitled, Apple Shampoo, Emo, Josie, A New Hope, Degenerate, Lemmings and I'm Sorr
y. Enema of The State Fetures more of the bands greatest songs Aliens Exist,WHAT'S MY AGE AGAIN?, ADAM'S SONG and ALL THE SMALL THINGS. It also featured the song 'MUTT' from the american pie soundtrack. The other tracks are DUMPWEED, DON'T LEAVE ME, ALIENS EXIST, GOING AWAY TO COLLEGE, DYSENTERY GARY, THE PARTY SONG, WENDY CLEAR, ANTHEM. The Mark, Tom and Travis show features 20 great tracks: DUMPWEED, DON'T LEAVE ME, ALIENS EXIST, FAMILY REUNION, GOING AWAY TO COLLEGE, WHAT'S MY AGE AGAIN?, DYSENTERY GARY, RICH LIPS, BLEW JOB, UNTITLED, VOYER PATHETIC, ADAM'S SONG, PEGGY SUE, WENDY CLEAR, CAROUSEL, ALL THE SMALL THINGS, MUTT, THE COUNTRY SONG, DAMMIT, MAN OVERBOARD. Take of your pants and jacket has loads of great songs and my faves are Reckless Abandon and First Date. The Other tracks are Anthem Part Two, Online Songs, Happy Holidays, You Bastard, Story Of A Lonely Guy, The Rock Show, Stay Together For The Kids, Roller Coaster, Everytime I Look For You,Give Me One Good Reason, Shut Up, Please Take Me Home. Next, Blink 182 will be releasing Everytime I Look For You, which is one of the tracks on the American Pie 2 soundtrack. Blink 182 will be at this years MTV Europe music awards which will be on MTV very soon. Until then I strongly recommend visiting their official website at: www.blink182.com .