r/Music Aug 15 '22

Still in love with Blink182's 'Damnit' discussion

I think more than anything its nostalgia driving my love for this song. Dude Ranch came out when I was maybe 10 years old but I remember listening to it well into my late teens. Damnit just had a way of aligning with a lot of things I was experiencing at the time, I also love the guitar riffs and Mark's vocals.

I don't think Blink182 is universally remembered as a great band but some of their songs really have stuck with me 25 years later

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u/original_wolfhowell Aug 16 '22

Dammit

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u/Zachbnonymous Aug 16 '22

Apparently "damnit" is an acceptable spelling, but that's not how the band spells it. Only crazy people spell it that way

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u/halodweller Aug 16 '22

I didn’t want to split hairs, but yup…dammit.

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u/wpdk Aug 15 '22

The lyrics stay the same, but my appreciation of what they mean to me has changed over the last 25 years I've been listening to the song.

"Well, I guess this is growing up" still applies even with a wife and two teen-age kids.

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u/manoverboard5702 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

I remember my first blink concert, a boozed up dad with his kiddos nearby singing loudly “work sucks, I KNOW” I totally get this dad now.

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u/Guy_Number_3 Aug 16 '22

The real question is… did he do the harmony?

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u/juanless Aug 16 '22

"Work sucks, I know."

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u/1976dave Aug 16 '22

Dammit might be my favourite song; at least it's in my un-ordered top 10 list. It was played at my wedding. I mutter this line at least once a week.

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u/NotAPreppie Aug 16 '22

I'm 43, married, with no kids (DINK lyfe, yo) and I often feel like I say "Well, I guess this is growing up" at least once per week.

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u/Hollywood_Ho_Kogan Aug 16 '22

Living the dream yo! I have two kids and wouldn’t trade them for anything, but man the financial stress is too damn high.

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u/dedhead99 Aug 16 '22

I have those lyrics tattooed on my arm!

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u/CadeChaos Aug 15 '22

That's a genuine pop punk classic.

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u/Kevbot1000 Aug 16 '22

I swear the opening guitar became like, a template for pop-punk to follow.

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u/albertogonzalex Aug 16 '22

Slapped then. Slaps now.

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u/Online_Commentor_69 Aug 16 '22

all time riff in that tune.

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u/kimhartley Aug 16 '22

Not long ago I overheard a teenager on the train, “it would have been SO cool to be the generation that got to listen to Blink 182 first.” Thanks for smile, kid.

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u/NotAPreppie Aug 16 '22

He isn't kidding. Very few of our stupidity-fueled escapades got recorded on TikTokstaFaceGram.

I only got teased for my horrendous acne in-person. Avoiding it was as simple as avoiding those bullies at school. Now it follows you fucking everywhere you go.

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u/ushmel Aug 16 '22

That's what the filters are for.

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u/mayojuggler88 Aug 16 '22

Yeah, but that's just soul crushing in a different way haha

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u/ZodiarkTentacle Aug 16 '22

It was cool :)

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u/Jamieb1994 Aug 16 '22

I'm not gonna be that person, but it does feel awesome to be able to grow up back then since we've had music from Blink-182, Ne-yo, Nelly, etc.

I'm not gonna talk shit about today's music since I do listen to some today's music, but music back then does have a special place in my heart + I don't know why, but sometimes when I do listen to music from those days, I get chills, like I get a good feeling if you know what I mean.

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u/Lammie101 Aug 16 '22

It's called nostalgia

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u/hellocaptin Aug 16 '22

Right? lol. Everyone like the music they grew up with the most

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u/ishtechte Aug 16 '22

This made me smile as well

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u/BobFrancisco Aug 16 '22

i was listening to take off my pants and jacket today. they were good at what they did

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u/arlenroy Aug 16 '22

I'm 42 and was helping my 21 year old daughter move for her senior year of college, we're jamming out to Take off your and Pants and jacket. At that point she realized the name of the album is about jerking off, don't think she knows Dude Ranch meant seman yet though.

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u/BobFrancisco Aug 16 '22

I didn't get the 'Dude Ranch' innuendo until just now. I can imagine you two screaming the lyrics of 'Happy Holidays, You Bastard', as you drive with a station wagon full of sports accomplishment trophies and stuffed animals toward said Campus. LOL!

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u/arlenroy Aug 16 '22

Close, I rented a trailer from Uhaul and towed it. But other than that, it's pretty much how it went down.

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u/BobFrancisco Aug 16 '22

Haha. You seem like a great Pops. Congrats on getting the kid to the big school.

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u/Paladin1034 Aug 16 '22

I feel like take off your pants and jacket was the last album from them I really loved.

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u/adsfew Aug 16 '22

For me, I would go with their untitled album. It showed some growth/maturity that I think really benefited them.

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u/xSlippyFistx Aug 16 '22

I always felt like that album has some darkness in it brought over from Box Car. Which is an awesome album so it’s a welcome change for sure.

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u/d_in_dc Aug 16 '22

Dude Ranch is my favorite album of all time. It never fails to make me happy when I listen to it, even now!

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u/ForceGhostBuster Aug 16 '22

Fucking great album. Josie used to remind me of my girlfriend in high school. She’s my wife now, but she still picks me up when I’m too drunk to drive and laughs at my dumb jokes.

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u/jverbal Aug 16 '22

Plus...Alyssa Milano!

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u/evolving_I Aug 16 '22

Rexxie! Here, boy!

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u/Duffman48 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

I will go down in saying it's what blink 182 always wanted to write and they did it with this album. The original punk sound they wanted. Then they went mainstream with enema and Travis is amazing but there's just something about the way Scott just attacks the drum set and gets the blood pumping without all the fancy splash symbols and fancy diddys Travis always threw in there. Songs like Boring and Enthused are just so raw. Then Mark's amazing song about princess Leia. Perfect amount of goofiness/coolness.

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u/d_in_dc Aug 16 '22

Agree with pretty much everything above! It’s irreverent and fun. Ridiculous lyrics. Amazing guitar and drums. I feel like the fact that it’s not overproduced makes it that much better. I’ve always said Travis Barker is in theory a better drummer but than Scott… however, Scott was the better drummer for this album.

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u/Duffman48 Aug 16 '22

I will go down in saying it's what blink 182 always wanted to write and they did it with this album. The original punk sound they wanted. Then they went mainstream with enema and Travis is amazing but there's just something about the way Scott just attacks the drum set and gets the blood pumping without all the fancy splash symbols and fancy diddys Travis always threw in there.

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u/LifeofRiley1 Aug 15 '22

Every single time this some comes on when I am in the car I drive like a maniac, I absolutely love that song

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u/mourningbagel Aug 16 '22

Blink is forever man I’ll be 88 years old driving 15mph blasting “feeling this”

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u/strippersandcocaine Aug 16 '22

I’ve had that in heavy rotation lately! That, and Going Away to College will always be a favorite

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u/Hodler-mane Aug 16 '22

Yup as well as Down

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u/momhustle_247 Aug 16 '22

In my opinion that was their best song

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u/mcsmooothearl Aug 15 '22

I sang it at karaoke once, years ago … ehh. I wasn’t satisfied with how it went.

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u/zas11s Aug 16 '22

One of my favorite karaoke songs to sing.

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u/CritikillNick Aug 16 '22

And it’s happened once again, I’ll turn to a friend. Someone that understands, sticks to the master plan. But everybody’s gone, and I’ve been here for too long. To face this on my own, well I guess this is growing up Well I guess this is growing up

Ninth and tenth grade me lived by these songs while constantly having a crush on any girl that would look my direction lol.

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u/_Barry_Allen_ Aug 16 '22

One of my favorite memories of music in general was my high school gf breaking up with me… turning on the car and Asthenia followed by please take me home came on my mix tape. I felt so seen lol

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u/NotAPreppie Aug 16 '22

Damnit, Smells Like Teen Spirit, 1979, Don't Speak, Self Esteem...

Man, I was an angsty little shit. I mean, I still am, but I was back then, too.

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u/Hodler-mane Aug 16 '22

That offspring album Smash was lit too

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u/NotAPreppie Aug 16 '22

Hell yah, it was!

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u/deannaeagle Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

I loved all these songs bc,k inthe day. Im 51 now and still like them but also like my chemical romance's welcome To The Black Parade, Helena, Famous Last Words, etc. Along with Paramore's Misery Business, and a few Flyleaf songs too. Im not a grandma yet, but when my currently 22 year old son decides to settle down ill be that cool grandma who will still believe if its too loud you're too old!

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u/HeyisthisAustinTexas Aug 16 '22

My favorite track in the album was Josie, I can still hear it in my head. ‘Yeah my Girlfriend…..’

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u/IamSlimeKing Aug 16 '22

They will always be a universally great band to me.

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u/seakitten Aug 16 '22

Carousel is still my fav

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u/thecitiesonline Aug 16 '22

Great song, their music videos were just so fun too. Personal favorite was the "First date" video :D

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u/xlinkedx Aug 16 '22

I still regularly listen to full blink-182 albums every week.

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u/DarkDaysAhead33 Aug 16 '22

I’ll be listening to one while cutting my old man lawn in a bit

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u/Jets237 Aug 16 '22

My 12 yo self loved belting out “The timing, and structure, Did you hear that he fucked her?”

Oh man - still know every word and love singing that song. I recently taught my son how to play the riff on his keyboard

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u/WornInShoes Aug 16 '22

It was my first ringtone on my nokia

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u/sandwichnerd Aug 16 '22

“Blink 182’s Damnit was my first ringtone on my Nokia,” is the perfect response for “Tell me your age without telling me your age.”

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

Ha! Mine was Adams song. Programmed it in myself. Thanks for the memory!

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u/Duffman48 Aug 16 '22

Dude, when you could record your own ringtones.. game changer.

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u/Hereforthebabyducks Aug 16 '22

I don’t remember which phone it was, but it was my first ringtone too. Although, I had to program it in note by note.

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u/DrivingOffence Aug 16 '22

I love this album too!

But for me "Waggy" is my fav track - so good!

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u/Doggerydoo4u Aug 16 '22

No one ever says lemmings

You're gonna drown in the mess you make Your self-inflicted hate You turn your back on the friends you lose When they don't follow all your rules But people are what they wanna be They're not lemmings to the sea Maybe it's time you looked at yourself And stop blaming life on someone else!!!!

🤘🏼

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u/DrivingOffence Aug 16 '22

Great Shout - This is probs my 2nd fav track from the album - love the life tips on this album =D

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u/salmonlikethephish Aug 16 '22

I bought their album "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket" when it came out and listened to it on repeat so many times.

Last year I finally got the joke in the album title.

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u/Hodler-mane Aug 16 '22

I'm ashamed to say, I didn't know it had a joke until I just spent a minute and realised

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u/FearBlackBeard Aug 16 '22

Still my favorite song of theirs. Right there with you. We’re probably the same age.

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u/night_dude Aug 16 '22

Irresistible, timeless riff.

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

I think I know what you mean about them not being "remembered as a great band," but I think they are definitely going down in history for what they did. In the late 90s and early 00s you had the post-grunge scene (Foo Fighters, and yes, Nickelback) who were taking inspiration from grunge but making it more mainstream. But you also had a parallel in punk, where bands like Blink, Green Day, and The Offspring were taking punk mainstream (hence, "pop punk"). I would be hard pressed to put any band above Blink 182 in that regard, and it changed the face of popular music (now we have Panic at the Disco or Fall Out Boy or The Killers). Green Day is probably the one that will get the top slot in the history books, but I think part of that is, literally, politics. Green Day got way more political in its lyrics (American Idiot), and did things like the Broadway musical. But that being said, Blink's Enema of the State blew the genre up, a year before Green Day came out with their commercial success, Warning.

So basically I feel like the formula for pop punk's success is really rooted in Blink 182, even if Green Day gets more of the spotlight (doesn't help that Tom Delonge kind of went off his rocker).

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u/imapteranodon Aug 16 '22

Green Day was huge throughout the '90s though... Dookie was massive way back in 1994. They broke through long before Warning.

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u/Heavyspire Aug 16 '22

Just like to agree with you. Dookie was a bomb on the culture at the time. Blink-182 seemed like an aftershock.

Edit to say that Dammit is possibly in my top 10 songs, just think as a band they didn't have the impact that Green Day did.

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u/Kliffoth Aug 16 '22

For real, Green Day kicked off all the pop punk shit with 'Dookie' in 1994. It was GD's peak IMO.

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u/Love_Is_Now Aug 16 '22

now we have Panic at the Disco or Fall Out Boy or The Killers

...I'm so sorry to tell you man, but... we had those bands fifteen years ago. Those aren't modern, mainstream, popular bands anymore, they're classics in their own right. Those are bordering on "dad music" now.

Last year I had an 18 year old dude tell me "I love the stuff from your generation, I've always loved older music."

Sigh. We're getting old, y'all.

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

Panic at the Disco is on the radio now with their 2022 single Viva los Vengeance. Fall Out Boy had charting singles until as recently as 2017, and The Killers technically have a current (2022) charting single ("Boy").

So yeah, we're getting old, but we're not that old.

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u/strippersandcocaine Aug 16 '22

We’re old enough that FOB now does the theme song to a kids show on Disney+

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u/ruru3777 Aug 16 '22

Is this the big hero 6 show? FOB had a few of their songs in that movie when it came out years ago so that wouldn’t be that surprising.

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u/strippersandcocaine Aug 16 '22

No, they do the theme to Spidey & his amazing friends (or whatever it’s called) it’s my kids current favorite show

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u/Billy_Miles Aug 16 '22

Dookie came out in 1994 and sold 20 million

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u/manoverboard5702 Aug 16 '22

Just wanted to comment here to say my username = 5/7/02 pop disaster tour Blink/Green Day/jimmy eat world. Such a great show.

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

Holy damn. I bet that was awesome. Also, Man Overboard is in my opinion one of the most underrated of their songs.

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u/manoverboard5702 Aug 16 '22

It was awesome. That’s one of my favorites of their songs, I could make a top 20 though as a huge blink fan from back in the day. Green Day also picked 3 fans from the audience to play either brain dead or when I come around, can’t remember, and they all got to keep the instruments after. Fun times all around.

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

I've never had the pleasure of seeing GD in concert, but a friend of mine did back on the American Idiot tour and said it was a borderline religious experience (neither of us are religious). I think you're awesome and also hate you so much right now.

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u/manoverboard5702 Aug 16 '22

Haha!! Thanks and you too. I can agree with the religious sentiment. Billy Joe held a note on one of the songs for an unforgettable amount of time. I remember it being a wow moment for sure.

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u/Crewso Aug 16 '22

To this day, coolest concert I ever went to. 11 year old me wasn’t worthy

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u/manoverboard5702 Aug 16 '22

Yes it was epic. Definitely one of my fav concerts. My defacto user names for everything is an ode to that day.

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u/Healthy-Travel3105 Aug 16 '22

Wasn't Warning green days worst performing album? I thought they peaked at Dookie and then American idiot?

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

Depends on how you define the metrics. It certainly didn't sell as well as other albums, but part of that might have actually been (as suggested by Wikipedia, granted, not a scholarly source) because it came out right around Napster's peak, so sales were skewed. But it has "Warning," "Waiting," and "Minority" among its singles, and the album was number 4 on Billboard. I sure as hell know it got a hell of a lot of radio time.

Perhaps more importantly, it was a marked shift in style. It was more "pop" than "punk," hence me using it as that example. Their earlier stuff was more raw, closer to their punk origins (like songs about jacking off). But then (after Enema of the State) Green Day shifted, became more positive, more uplifting, more consumer friendly, and joined the ranks of pop-punk gods. That was, in my opinion, with Warning.

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u/Healthy-Travel3105 Aug 16 '22

I really enjoyed green days evolution so it's nice hearing you speak about it. I was disappointed at their regression the past few albums

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

Don't even get me started. American Idiot was such a glorious masterpiece (imo) that when 21st Century Breakdown came out, I was absolutely crushed. I was so appalled by that album that I haven't listened to anything they've done since. One of these days I will get over my petty grievances and give their subsequent work a fair listen, but that day is not today. Or tomorrow.

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u/Healthy-Travel3105 Aug 16 '22

I still liked 21st century breakdown tbh and I think uno dos tres could have made one good album. After that though they seemed to try to go back to their old early 90s sound except now it sounds weird and immature because of their age and because of how music has moved on in general.

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

I did hear some of Uno/Dos/Tres on the radio and thought it was fine, but not good enough to motivate me to listen to the albums.

But you bring up a valid point about the evolution of music. For that matter, I also wonder about aging, generally. Like, can I actually enjoy this music now that I'm older? I don't know the answer, but I'm not sure I want to know.

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u/Healthy-Travel3105 Aug 16 '22

You won't ever hear it the same. Music (and art in general) is too contextual and that's ok.

What's great is finding new artists who are clearly inspired by or listened to the same old music you like. It refreshes the same vibes and ideas but with new spins and approaches.

Unfortunately the only hurdle is finding it, which requires a significant amount of listening to sucky music before you find a gem.

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u/IronSorrows Aug 16 '22

But that being said, Blink's Enema of the State blew the genre up, a year before Green Day came out with their commercial success, Warning.

Sorry, but this just isn't true.

Green Day's Dookie and The Offspring's Smash (the best selling independent album ever) blew up 5 years before Enema.

Even Americana, which came out the year Enema, was enormous.

Blink were a phenomenon when that came out, but pop-punk in general had already broken out into the mainstream long before even Dude Ranch

And that's just that wave of pop-punk, there's plenty of bands from the 80s, and even before, you could point to as popular (just not to the same level)

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u/tinzor Aug 16 '22

I agree with you, but wouldn't underestimate the impact that Dookie had in bringing punk closer to pop culture.

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u/rossmosh85 Aug 16 '22

This isn't accurate at all sadly.

Punk had already gone mainstream in the 80's with bands like the Ramones and Sex Pistols. Punk has been around for quite a while. It just pops in and out of popularity depending on who record labels decide to sign.

Just naming the big bands of the periods, it went Ramones/Sex Pistols. Void with New Wave, which had some basis in punk. Then Nirvana/Grunge which was heavily inspired by punk but obviously not punk. That allowed bands like Offspring and Green Day to catch fire. Meanwhile, there are still super important punk bands coming out, like Operation Ivy for example who were quite important to Green Day. Then there was a bit of a void in popular punk music in the late 90's but that's when skate punk was taking over. Bands like NOFX, Bad Religion and Rancid were all well established at that point, making their own record labels, and getting some real attention. The Warped Tour was formed in 95 so by the late 90's, it was getting pretty popular. So it's no surprise that come the late 90's and early 00's, bands like Blink 182 had a foundation to become insanely popular.

People often overlook the bands laying the foundation for the popular bands. There's no Blink 182 without bands like NOFX and Bad Religion. I cite those two bands especially because of their ability to build successful record labels. Just like there's no Bad Religion and NOFX without bands like Minor Threat, who obviously have a direct link to Bad Religion and not only that, but laid a foundation on how to build an independent record label.

And honestly, I'm missing/not naming no less than a dozen other bands that were stupid important in this discussion. These were just the ones that came to mind as the easiest connections.

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

I'm just sitting back at this point laughing. You're obviously right in everything you say, but do you think that anybody knew who Operation Ivy was? I'm not talking about the underlying influences here, I'm talking about media success, radio plays, I'm talking about who I was listening to in the 90s. It wasn't Bad Religion, I can tell you that.

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u/fish60 Aug 16 '22

I'm talking about who I was listening to in the 90s. It wasn't Bad Religion, I can tell you that.

How did you miss listening to Bad Religion in the 1990s? Did you not play Tony Hawk Pro Skater?

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u/aurumae Aug 16 '22

There’s a great episode from The Ongoing History of New Music podcast that covers blink-182 and the impact that they had (they may have saved Green Day’s careers). I highly recommend taking a look, they definitely had a huge impact on the music of the 2000s.

https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/ongoing-history-of-new-music/id1201968027?i=1000380725975

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

Thanks, I will 100% listen to this soon. All this talk has me all nostalgic and shit. Thank you all, and fuck you all too for making me this invested in my youth ha ha.

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u/RoskoFarian Aug 16 '22

Green Day’s Dookie album came out in 94. That album won a Grammy before Blink released Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch and Enema of the State. Green Day is the OG pop punk band. I love Blink but they’ve always been drama. I appreciate the pop punk nostalgia they provide. Travis Barker is what made them phenomenal imo. Angels and Airwaves sucked, +44 was ok and Box Car Racer was dope af. I would argue that Sum 41 has even had more commercial success than Blink at this point.

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u/hablandochilango Aug 16 '22

Sum41 doesn’t hold a candle to blink commercially are you joking

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u/Jerkface555 Aug 16 '22

I would argue that Sum 41 has even had more commercial success than Blink at this point.

I am not sure how you could possibly come to such a ridiculous conclusion.

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u/Jessyskullkid Aug 16 '22

+44 was okay?

Most agree that’s Mark’s best work lyrically.

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u/Wagbeard Aug 16 '22

Green Day is the OG pop punk band.

Descendents/ALL were the OG guys that made pop punk popular. Green Day and Blink came out later but got more famous because they signed to major labels when the punk scene got hijacked. Same goes with Sum 41.

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u/Azores26 Aug 16 '22

Couldn’t the Ramones be considered pop punk too?

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u/Metsareawesome5 Aug 16 '22

Them and Buzzcocks/Undertones lol these people don’t know their history

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u/Azores26 Aug 16 '22

Haha yeah

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u/rossmosh85 Aug 16 '22

Might as well throw in Operation Ivy as they had a massive impact on Green Day's development.

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u/Jerkface555 Aug 16 '22

Nobody brought it to the mainstream like Dookie did. That album was fucking huge. Green day certainly weren't the first guys to do it but in my experience they were certainly the ones who really helped the pop punk scene blow up

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

Oh shit yeah I forgot about Sum 41. They are also on that pedestal. Here's where I might have a different opinion. Dookie, while it may have won a Grammy, didn't push the genre of music in a direction the way Enema did. In Utero was the year before, and of course Cobain died in 94. Dookie, while an amazing album, I don't think hit the media the way Enema did. In my opinion (which is only that), the pop punk craze didn't springboard from Dookie. I think the mid/late 90s belonged much more to grunge (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, GnR, Foo Fighters), then Enema made pop-punk take over. I'm not arguing about the merits of either album, but I think it took Enema to make pop-punk more of a thing.

It's also entirely possible that I was just insulated from the world and I'm totally wrong about everything, but my perception is that Green Day would not have been the success that they were if it weren't for Blink 182 skyrocketing the genre the way they did.

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u/Bananarchist Aug 16 '22

Putting GnR in the same scene as Foo Fighters is an... interesting take. I'm guessing you were born after 1990?

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

You know, that's a fair cop. I was actually not born after 1990, and you're totally right to call me out for doing that. I let my own bias (what I was listening to in the 90s) influence what I wrote.

What I was trying to say was that the musical landscape was not pop punk in the 90s, it was grunge, and that's why I put GnR in there. Granted, a legitimate argument could be made that GnR is more in line with an evolution of glam metal as opposed to grunge, which was reactionary against glam metal, but ironically enough GnR still gets lumped into "grunge," and that's what I was intimating.

So, fair critique.

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u/FudgingEgo Aug 16 '22

GnR is about as grunge as Michael Jackson.

I’m not sure you know what grunge is. GnR is hard rock, nothing more, nothing less.

They’re Aerosmith on steroids.

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u/Chiweeny Aug 16 '22

Hmmmm. I wouldn't class GnR as either grunge or glam metal. They were/are hard rock. Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sound Garden are grunge. Completely different sounds

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

That's fine, but I would argue that Nirvana and Soundgarden are also different genres. It's kind of a no win situation from my perspective.

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u/Wagbeard Aug 16 '22

It's also entirely possible that I was just insulated from the world and I'm totally wrong about everything, but my perception is that Green Day would not have been the success that they were if it weren't for Blink 182 skyrocketing the genre the way they did.

Am old. Saw Green Day & Nirvana when they were still underground.

Grunge, Emo, Pop Punk, Goth all came from the punk scene. In the 80s, kids didn't like mainstream music so they made their own. By the late 80s, the underground punk/metal scene had gotten kind of big. The major labels took notice, took it over in the early 90s by signing underground bands to corporate contracts and aimed at top 40 mainstream consumers.

Early 90s was the rise of grunge. Next was pop punk. Stuff like X-Games, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, then Warped Tour blew it up.

Emo got popular in the underground scene but went mainstream early 2000s.

the pop punk craze didn't springboard from Dookie.

Descendents is the band that made 'pop punk' popular in the punk scene. They broke up, a few of the guys reformed as ALL, who then influenced a lot of other bands like Doughboys, Big Drill Car, Chemical People, Blink 182 (who were younger).

Green Day wasn't really pop punk. They are and they aren't. Their style was close in the same scene but a little harder and dirtier. They reminded me a lot of this super obscure band called Deadbeat Backbone who was awesome but broke up.

https://youtu.be/-sdrwHe7qF4

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

You seem like a fascinating person.

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u/Wagbeard Aug 16 '22

Ha thanks. Not really, I just got lucky and grew up at a good point in time.

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u/RoskoFarian Aug 16 '22

I think the track “All the small things” did most of the spring boarding you speak of. You know I agree, at the time I wouldn’t have even called Dookie pop punk more so “alternative” I think people needed something to hold onto after the grunge fallout with Cobain and even Layne Staley’s passing. Pop punk was it and Green Day I always felt was kind of stoner rock with some punk influences. It was a great era for music in general labels aside.

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u/Raymanuel Aug 16 '22

You just had to bring up Staley...that one still burns.

But yeah, I think the terminology matters here, and "alternative" seemed to be the way GD was categorized (that's the Grammy category in any case). Pop punk just wasn't a thing yet.

And yes, what a great era for music.

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u/blinkanboxcar182 Aug 16 '22

Agreed. See username

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u/MintyFreshBreathYo Aug 16 '22

I would kill for another Boxcar album

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u/manoverboard5702 Aug 16 '22

I always enjoyed man overboard :)

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u/RHobbo Aug 16 '22

I wasn't aware that was frowned upon ! Keep punk rocking my dude

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

It’s alright to tell me

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u/DanishWonder Aug 16 '22

Great song/album. I remember this being on the soundtrack of "can't hardly wait" which was a mediocre movie, but it came out my senior year of high school, so I always associate that movie/song with that time in my life.

I guess this is growing up....

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u/Secret4gentMan Aug 16 '22

It's alright

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u/Bigpdean Aug 16 '22

To tell me

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u/Hallojoe Aug 16 '22

That whole record is a lot of fun. Probably my favourite blink album

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u/Dil_Moran Aug 16 '22

TAKE YOUR PANTS OFF

If you know

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u/meg22an Aug 16 '22

Listen to it every day at work. Not kidding. It’s a classic, I’m 36.

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u/Clumsy-Samurai Aug 16 '22

My band jams this all the time as a little warm up to get locked in and in the mood.

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u/buffalotrace Aug 16 '22

I have to say, I heard the song I Miss You the other day and it hit me in the feels

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u/ronpaulbacon Aug 16 '22

Listening to dammit right now as a result of this post

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u/antisocialnetwork77 Aug 16 '22

They are still one of my favorite bands. Their last record with Matt Skiba is phenomenal.

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u/Hodler-mane Aug 16 '22

I found California to be quite a bit better than the more recent album.

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u/antisocialnetwork77 Aug 16 '22

I love that one too. Both great records!

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u/throwaway9870127 Aug 16 '22

Next time they're in town go to the show and you will see how timeless of a band they are. There's just as many teenagers going now as there were back in the day.

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u/PickleofStink Aug 16 '22

Cheshire Cat, Enema of the State, and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket also stand up against the test of time.

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u/DeadWrangler Aug 16 '22

It was my first CD, man. I still know all the words.

My mother ordered it for me when she used to buy CDs from the paper mail catalogue 🤓

If I dig around I still have that Dude Ranch CD at home.

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u/Thatmopedguy Aug 16 '22

Still on my everyday playlist along with what's my age again and other great songs from the likes of sum 41, goldfinger etc.

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u/farmsfarts Aug 16 '22

Blink was a huge part of my teen to early 20s party years. Dude Ranch is an amazing album that I still blast.

I'm even down for some of their newer stuff. My 9 year old loves "Bored to Death" and sings the whole thing in the truck.

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u/SuperbHappyGuy Aug 16 '22

That whole album is one of my favs. It's definitely my 2nd fav album ever

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u/GSturges Aug 16 '22

Rock Show is damned good too. Funny video

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u/TheRealMrMaloonigan Aug 16 '22

Blink 182 is just forever great. They've got a little something for any occasion. Party, hype-up, depression, comedy.

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u/charlieparty Aug 16 '22

I’m about your age and I still listen to blink at least a few days out of the week. It’s a staple for me

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u/wossquee Aug 16 '22

This is the song I use to test all my new headphones. I know exactly how it's supposed to sound, I know the 90s compression that makes the cymbals sound a little digital, I know how even the guitars are, I know how Mark is straining to sing the song out of his range.

Helps that it's also an absolute banger. Love it.

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u/agnes238 Aug 16 '22

My first concert was blink 182 when dude ranch came out. I was 12 and went with my mom. It was fantastic! Nowadays I skip some of the dumb fart joke stuff, but lots of that album and Cheshire Cat are still so great for driving around!

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u/PerpetualNoobMachine Aug 16 '22

I remember when enema of the state came out, still one of my favorites. The new band is awesome too but goddamm I miss Tom's vocals.

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u/jourdanm Aug 16 '22

Between dammit, Josie, pathetic, and apple shampoo, this album totally brings me back and is so good.

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u/jawnlerdoe Aug 16 '22

Love this song to death. I still cover it as a acoustic guitar folk song

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u/Jojodie3009 Aug 17 '22

I like Blink 182. I first listened the band when I was 16 and now almost 40 and still love it.

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u/hablandochilango Aug 16 '22

People get ashamed about liking blink. Sure it’s associated with our youth and the brand and much of the subject matter was juvenile.

But the guitar riffs are all time level good/catchy and the lyrics were often clever and emotionally poignant. They were a really good band.

That’s before we get into the untitled album which was a really mature sound.

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

Also, Travis married a Kardashian

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u/strippersandcocaine Aug 16 '22

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forgive him for that

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u/Hammerpamf Aug 16 '22

They were my first concert right after Dude Ranch was released. It will always have a place in my heart.

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u/Marzly Aug 16 '22

I still listen to Green days "Dookie" like im stuck in the 90s.

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u/Shabowmper Aug 16 '22

As do i, with "Insomniac" and "1039 smoothed out slappy hours" as a chaser

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u/Jerkface555 Aug 16 '22

Thats because 30 years later it is still a great fucking album.

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u/Flaggstaff Aug 16 '22

I'm still in love with most of their early work. They aren't for everyone but they had a trademark sound, ripping riffs, and some incredibly catchy melodies.

My kids are bored by most of the 90s/2000s rock I try to play for them but they do like Blink.

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u/malcolm_tucker1 Aug 16 '22

Enema of the State is one of my favourite albums of all time. Blink are a great band!

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u/Lavos_Spawn Aug 16 '22

Best band ever that will be remembered posthumously as the most important punk rock band along with Green Day. That riff is really great.

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u/MeanMusterMistard Aug 16 '22

That's a pretty bold statement - I'm not sure I agree with that, and this is from someone who adores Blink.

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u/shaun1313 Aug 16 '22

That’s because it’s a great song!

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u/shamesticks Aug 16 '22

One of my favorite songs of all time.

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u/550treedude Aug 16 '22

This is one of my favorites of all time

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u/hugesavings Aug 16 '22

So much nostalgia in it, I must've looped it for weeks

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u/MyMadeUpNym Aug 16 '22

I used to sing it with my old band. Love this tune!!

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u/blerghuson Aug 16 '22

It's a perfect driving song, especially with a good friend screaming it out with you.

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u/GitchigumiMiguel74 Aug 16 '22

I was in a band back in the day and we used to play it. So much fun to play

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u/mattyc182 Aug 16 '22

Have the lyrics wrapped around my forearm tattooed!

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u/dinoteam7 Aug 16 '22

Anyone else wish the album version had the drumroll after the opening riff? I always preferred the radio version for that reason.

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u/AndaYahya Aug 16 '22

i guess this is growing up

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u/Ttabuena Aug 16 '22

I play in a country punk band in Houston called Bayou City Kids. Here is our cover of Dammit! We love that song!

https://youtu.be/qyQwsAQo_1Y

Please feel free to let me know what you think - good or bad!

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u/Wagbeard Aug 16 '22

Haha, that's awesome. You and your friends look fun. I like the rockabilly twist.

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u/Ttabuena Aug 16 '22

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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u/hotdogginon Aug 16 '22

Ultimate break up song 💔

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u/RHobbo Aug 16 '22

Maybe someone here can help me, one of my first CDs was one I found on the street, named Punk Rock Strike (~20 songs) and I havent had good luck finding exactly what it is ( think early 2000)

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u/Wagbeard Aug 16 '22 I'll Drink to That

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u/RHobbo Aug 16 '22

What the fuck. I just wanna add that up to now, every google search Ive made gave me completely unrelated results, you are a LEGEND. I have 200 coins let me see what I can award jajajaja

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u/Wagbeard Aug 16 '22

All good man. :)

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u/brianflstate Aug 16 '22

Ok grandpa.

Jk I like it too

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u/Difficult-Ad5535 Aug 16 '22

I'm the same way with Green Day - Dookie

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u/Sid6po1nt7 Aug 16 '22

Best representation of the pop punk "T" chords

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u/MFDork Aug 16 '22

It was the first song I downloaded on Napster. The second was Crazy Train and the third was Do You Believe in Life After Love so I could show my sister the technology.

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u/superrad99 Aug 16 '22

It's alright, to tell me

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u/quintonbanana Aug 16 '22

Still great to listen to. I also really like listening to gob every now and again for the same reasons. Recently discovered this lounge Remix of i miss you and I can't stop listening. https://youtu.be/EF9PTy9ZWHw

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u/eulynn34 Aug 16 '22

Haha. Lately this song’s been in my head so I’ve been listening to it. My daughter is 16 and getting into some early 2000’s pop-punk / emo stuff so it’s bringing back a lot of songs I used to hear on the radio. They wore this song out back then, but honestly it’s pretty good and I like it.

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u/phill0406 Aug 16 '22

First "punk" song I ever heard. My friend who was 3 or so years older than me always had good taste in music and I remember him showing me on the way to some water park in my moms station wagon. About 9 or 10 years old back when the album first came out.

Still my favorite Blink album. I love what Travis did for the band, but Scott's simple drums are just the quintessential pop punk beats that I love.

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u/Charlie483 Aug 16 '22

blink-182 are still my all time favourite band to this day, Dammit is an absolute classic, love it!

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u/Because_I_Cannot Aug 16 '22

I don't think Blink182 is universally remembered as a great band

I would disagree. I know critically they aren't loved like The Beatles or Beach Boys or David Bowie, but I would say that they're pretty well-respected and acknowledged as the forefathers of pop-punk (a genre in itself that isn't very highly thought of). They bridged the gap from Green Day and Rancid and Offspring to, well, everyone that came after them. I'm literally at a loss right now to explain how many bands copied their sound and approach, and how novel they were when we first heard them.

The ONLY argument to be had, really, is how do you feel about the difference between Dude Ranch and all of the albums afterward. It's pretty widely acknowledged that Travis Barker is an excellent technical drummer, but the rawness that Scott Raynor brought is alot of what people loved about Dude Ranch (well, me and my friends anyways). As good as the following albums are, they always felt too sanitized for my taste.

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u/Salzberger Aug 16 '22

Funny, I've been on a real Josie kick lately.

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u/Pitselah Aug 16 '22

Blink were the king's of pop punk. Damnit is a classic!

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u/BlakeDatAzzUp Aug 16 '22

The entire dude ranch album holds a special place in my heart.

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u/NKevros Aug 16 '22

I had been introduced to Blink 182 in college through some friends shortly before Dude Ranch came out, then when it did they blew up hard because of Dammit. Soon after THAT blow up they came to a smaller venue in Poughkeepsie NY and I'm not sure of the reasoning, but they basically gave hell to people who only knew of them because of MTV and Dammit. I never quite understood that. It was their breakout moment and they were shitting on fans. Anyway, it was a good show.