Blink-182 - "Blink-182" This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

As my senior year comes to a close, I routinely find myself drowning in spells of nostalgia and reminiscing on experiences of years past. I remember playing in the snow, procrastinating over homework, hanging out with friends. But I mostly remember the music that helped form my impressionable mind.

When I was young, my dad sang me the songs of James Taylor, while my mom and I belted out the ballads of Tina Turner on the way home from school. As an elementary school student, I became obsessed with the pop craze, and melted when I heard my favorite Backstreet Boy.

This all changed in middle school when I found my “edge,” or at least what I thought to be edgy – the music of Blink-182. This band exuded the teen angst I thought I ought to be experiencing. They were the epitome of cool. They were not afraid to be humorous as they led the forefront of a teenage rebellion.

Blink-182 released their self-titled album in 2003, and I was fortunate to buy it, thanks to a gift card. “Blink-182” became the soundtrack of my final year of middle school. I was an eighth grader growing up to the sophisticated sounds of what bassist Mark Hoppus called a “self-meditation on romantic decay,” and I felt smarter for being able to recite that description on cue. No longer did Blink-182 sing of hot dogs and first dates, but instead serenaded the masses with a refined pop-punk sound that was a refreshing surprise to dedicated fans.

The first single released, and the first song on the album, “Feeling This,” sets the tone with its head-banging drums and heart-gripping lyrics. The next two, “Obvious” and “I Miss You,” have a mysterious quality that further reflects the band’s new attitude about love, life, and music. There is a solid meaning and purpose behind every chord, every note, and every word.

Between the fourth and fifth tracks on the album, a letter is read that Mark Hoppus’ grandfather wrote to his wife during World War II. It brings a tear to the listener’s eye as it describes his unconditional love during the most terrible of circumstances. The remaining tracks encourage listeners to take a new outlook and to see life from a new perspective.

Blink-182’s final album (before their “indefinite hiatus”) was released in 2005, and is something that the band can be proud of as an end note to over a decade of success. Its new-age, sophisticated feel is something that will remain revolutionary and proves that a band can stay true to themselves and their music while growing up and growing apart.

This band reinvented themselves for this album, and their efforts are deemed immortal as “Blink-182” will forever play as the background music to many souls who were touched by this legendary band.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Tyler28Janet said...
Mar. 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm
Some time before, I did need to buy a building for my organization but I did not earn enough cash and couldn't buy something. Thank God my dude proposed to get the loans at banks. Thus, I did that and was happy with my secured loan.
callie15 said...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Amazing review! No wonder it got published in the magazine. Keep writing reviews!
CrackaSmacka01 said...
May 13, 2010 at 9:29 am
These guys are my heroes dude. i wouldnt like music without them.....
Valkyrie_123 said...
Jul. 10, 2009 at 9:49 pm
GREAT JOB!!!! post more plz..... i love this band so goood i wish i could see them live
Hardinggrl555 said...
Dec. 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm
Holy S---!!! Your reveiw was awesome I couldnt agree more with...everything!! Great Job!!
Dreaa:D replied...
Jan. 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm
Haha wow this article totally describes what I went through too! Last year, my wohle 8th grade year, was pure blink182!! I still listen to them quite often. Absolutely awesome:D
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