I CAN’T BELIEVE I DIDN’T POST THIS YESTERDAY. Sorry.
The other day, while cleaning my room, I came across one of those “all about me” books (this one was called “Girly Things”). For favourite song (or, as the book called it, “Songs I <3”), I had written “First Date” by blink-182. I have never been so proud of my younger self than I was at that moment.
I actually remember my first blink experience: it was grade 4 (1999), and “All The Small Things” was playing everywhere. I remember sitting in class, listening to the other girls make fun of it for being “stupid” and “not making any sense”, while I secretly kept thinking “but I really really like this song”. I feel like that moment planted the first pop-punk seeds in my heart.
Around the same time, my eldest sister (Vanessa) started listening to them too. I still have a mixed CD from her with a lot of blink (plus some other bands) that I had on constant repeat for years until I started to branch out and listen to new bands. Oddly enough, most of those “new” bands had been influenced in some way or another by blink (ex: All Time Low).
I can’t (and don’t) claim to be a big blink fan (for one, I’ve never seen them live), but, since their (arguably) most successful album (1999’s Enema of the State) just celebrated 15 years, it was only right to talk about them. I don’t think it’s possible to listen to any pop-punk from the past decade-and-a-half without hearing their effect on the genre in some way.
My favourite blink song, mainly because of the Nightmare Before Christmas reference.