Tuesday, February 10

Blink 182: Returning Together For The Kids

For some, the thought of Blink 182 might broach urinal-based badinage, near-30 year olds sporting Dickies skater shorts, and journeying through the streets of Los Angeles stark naked. But for me, they were the most important pop punk band of the last ten years. And now, after drummer Travis Barker miraculously survived a fatal plane crash last September, they talked, they thought, and, at the Grammys last weekend, told the world “We’re back”. Or something to that accord.
Fall Out Boy. Panic At The Disco. Brand New. Alkaline Trio. Billy Talent. Good Charlotte. Sum 41. Forever The Sickest Kids. These would all still be around if Blink weren’t, just not with same amount of success strapped to their names.
It was the frankly infectious ‘Dammit’ (from their third LP ‘Dude Ranch’), which first scooped the band attention from those abroad the San Diego subterranean. Then came ‘Enema Of The State’. Barker came in to drum, MTV fell deep for the videos, ‘All The Small Things’ went Top 10 on the Billboard 100. It was the authentic ice-frosted pop-driven jubilance clutched within the likes of ‘…Small Things’, ‘What’s My Age Again?’, and ‘Adam’s Song’ that strike them just as vibrant today. I’ll admit the “I want to fuck a dog in the ass” and the “I’ll never talk to you again unless your Dad will suck me…” wordplay felt senseless after half a listen, but the pop punk sheen clasped to everything else was, well, totally awesome.
It was that what influenced your Petz Wentz’s and your Madden twins and your Deryck Whibley’s to do something comparable. Or worse in the case of the Madden’s and Whibley.
Next album ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ was generally more of the same, though the self-titled album that followed was not. Gone was the puerile tongue, in came manhood. A Blink 182 all grown-up, signifying contagious tunes and sincere witticisms. As well as the radio-chummy ‘I Miss You’, there was ‘Violence’, ‘Go’ and ‘I’m Lost Without You’. Their very best effort to date.
Overlooking the hiatus which led to the equally disappointing +44 and Angel & Airwaves in a sentence, Blink are back.
An even older and wiser Tom, Mark and Travis, primed to prove the world why they still matter. And they’re serious, which means it’ll be big.