This week in our ‘Blast From The Past’ series we’re looking at pop-punk pioneers Blink 182. From their humble beginnings as part of the Southern California punk scene to chart topping mega stars, Blink 182 have been responsible for some of the catchiest songs of the last two decades.
Here is the RWM Top 5 Blink 182 tracks:
5. I Miss You
Taken from Blink’s hugely successful 2003 self-titled album, ‘I Miss You’ displayed a darker maturity from the band that had rarely surfaced on previous records. The track saw co-writers Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus employing a new method of writing separately, and was recorded entirely acoustically. ‘I Miss You’ peaked at number 42 in the US, and number 8 in the UK (the band’s second highest charting single across the pond).
A timeless fan favourite, ‘Dammit’ has featured as the closing song on the band’s live setlist for well over a decade. Like many early Blink songs, ‘Dammit’ deals with the trials and tribulations of teenage love. Despite its relatively simplistic lyrics, the song’s catchy guitar riffs marked something of a compositional breakthrough for the band. This led to the track receiving heavy radio play on a number of key rock stations in the US. Journalist Scott Heisel once described the track as the “perfect punk song, everyone knows it, and it’s probably being covered in someone’s basement right now.”
3. What’s My Age Again?
Released in 1999, ‘What’s My Age Again?’ was the lead single from Blink’s seminal third studio album ‘Enema of the State’. The song was the first track to feature drummer Travis Barker, and is now considered to be the band’s first transition to pop radio. Bizarrely, the track was originally titled ‘Peter Pan Complex’; however, MCA Records considered it to be too obscure a reference and prompted the band to change the song’s name. Blink recently paid homage to the track’s memorable music video with their 2016 single ‘She’s Out of Her Mind’.
2. The Rock Show
Featured on Blink’s 2001 album ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’, ‘The Rock Show’ was written by Mark Hoppus, and inspired by the band’s early touring days on the punk rock circuit. Legend has it that during the recording sessions for the album, Blink’s manager Rich DeVoe was concerned that the band had failed to pen a ‘summer anthem’. This led a furious Hoppus to write the most ‘catchy, cheesy, throwaway summertime single’ the band had every created. Ten minutes later, he returned with ‘The Rock Show’ – which ironically became one of Blink’s biggest ever hits.
1. All The Small Things
Blink 182 may have experienced a resurge in popularity over the last year, but for an entire generation of fans, the band will always be fondly remembered for their 1999 ear-worm ‘All The Small Things’. The track peaked at number six in the US and number two in the UK, and remains the band’s biggest ever selling single. The songs iconic ‘na na na’s’ are reported to be an ode to legendary punk band The Ramones – one of guitarist Tom DeLonge’s key influences.
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