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Baskettcase: Blink 182 and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth

September 7, 2011

A column by Jeremy Baskett

As one of the leaders of the 2000s pop-punk movement, Blink 182 version 2011 now faces the difficult task of reasserting their youth appeal...from their mid-30s.

As a teen in the late 1990s on into the early 2000s, I naturally started living and breathing music. Anyone who knew me in junior high and my earlier high school days can vouch. Saying this, I must now tell you that my then shallow definition of “music” was in reality, all based upon one band. One band that fueled so much emotion, hope, and just pure love whenever I put their CDs into my boom box.

This, like many others, was Blink-182.

That said, I have grown up quite significantly since then and have no recollection of what the fuck I was thinking. I suppose the fall was my own witness to Tom DeLonge’s absolutely awful vocals at the 2002 Inland Invasion Festival, where the band got booed off the stage. Was he struggling to maintain those youthfully high notes? Not long after, Blink-182 saw their steady decline, beginning sometime after their 2002 album Take off your Pants and Jacket. Another album ensued, as well as an eventual break up after the rising success of guitarist, Tom DeLonge’s new band, Angels and Airwaves. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker stuck it to him by starting their own band, +44, which had one mediocre hit and multiple show cancellations upon poor ticket sales.

Of course, Blink-182 were destined to reunite, with the announcement coming at the 2009 Grammy awards to a less than enthused audience. While the Grammy folks weren’t impressed, the Blink boys were laughing all the way to the bank after enormous success from their reunion tour in the summer of 2010. They were supported on tour by Fall Out Boy, and even Weezer, along with many other special guests along the way. Blink is now anticipating their first album released in 8 years, entitled Neighborhoods, which is slated for release on September 27.

Their first single from the album, “Up All Night,” is what is to be expected. Mid-thirty year olds trying desperately to regain their youth popularity with their late ninety’s pop-punk laden with a modern electronic sample. In their video for the song, it shows the band playing a house party in a decrepit suburban neighborhood where things are set ablaze. The band, who looks easily 15 years older than the actors in their video, just seems to be trying too hard for a comeback that is not going to be anywhere near what they had.

Check out the video for yourself. There’s really not much more to say…

Blink-182 “Up All Night”

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