Lettuce be cereal: Blink-182 is one of the best punk bands of all time. Much like New Found Glory, it’s funny to me how they were pretty much universally despised 10-15 years ago by “tr00 punx” and people who listened to “real hardcore,” only to be cited as a “legendary, seminal band” these days, but that’s another discussion. What makes Blink so special to me is that unlike most bands, who put out 1 or maybe 2 albums and then suck, Blink’s catalog is all pretty great.
With so many songs to choose from, it’s really hard to pick favorites, but I feel like it’s time for us to talk about how awesome Blink is. I could go on forever, but I’ll limit myself to 5 of my favorites- what are yours??
Even though they could barely play their instruments on “Dude Ranch,” their songwriting and lyrics made up for it. This song = a time machine back to being 19, crushing on the girl who from Auntie Anne’s at the mall by my work, going to hardcore shows 3 times a week, and wishing I had a girlfriend like the one in this song. Also, huge LOL @ the frosted tips and Black Flys sunglasses in the video, and how hard did Scott kick himself for quitting the band after this record came out??
“All The Small Things” is the holy grail of music videos: an awesome song that stands on its own, coupled with a video that is also hilarious on its own. I think of the song as “Josie” part 2, and since I’m a huge pussy I love the lyrics. I can’t lie, I miss 1999 even more than I miss 2008, so this video is a little bittersweet for me to watch, capturing so many of my favorite 1999 pop culture memes in one place. MISS U LOU PERLMAN/LFO/XTINA BEFORE YOU GOT FAT.
I love every song on “Enema of the State”, but I feel like “Dysentary Gary” doesn’t get as much love as it should. “Fuck this place, I lost the war, I hate you all, Your mom’s a whore
Where’s my dog? Cause girls are such a drag” = a line I think we can all relate to, and the little bossanova-inspired breakdown at :35 is some of Travis Barker’s best work.
Joke songs are usually the worst thing ever, and even when they’re good they’re rarely good for more than one listen. But Mark Hoppus is a funny motherfucker, and I still giggle every time I listen to “When You Fucked Grandpa.”
The perfect pop punk summer jam! What’s better than getting wasted with your bros, going to Warped Tour, and crushing on girls?? The video is based on the idea that being ignorant and wasteful = funny, which I couldn’t possibly agree with more. Buying TVs and cars, then immediately smashing them in the street?? Brilliant!
What is YOUR favorite Blink song, and why?? Do you think it’s funny that the dudes in ADTR, Man Overboard, and other bands who jock Blink in 2011 would have hated them in 1997 (and Set Your Goals would DEFINITELY have hated Civ)? Is Blink the best pop punk band of all time???