Blink 182's Enduring Appeal

Explaining the success of Blink 182:

“I started listening to blink around 1997. I still will play a blink album in my car every month or so. And I’ve tried for years to figure out what makes them so great, but it’s hard to do. People might say oh they were funny, or oh they mixed music and lifestyle, which is true, but they were more than that. Besides Travis barker’s drumming, they aren’t very good musicians from a technical standpoint. Tom’s voice irritates many people. And their type of jokes they say seem so jr high school….BUT…if I had to break it down I would have to say it’s their spirit.

What they captured in the late nineties (and continue to do) was what many suburban youth were feeling: that they didn’t belong. No direction. No chance with keeping a relationship. No ability to keep friends forever. No stable parents to look up to. No hope. And something about having them hit all of these major themes so well lyrically, and melodically, just gave us something to grab on to and cheer on. For once, blink got kids with no direction excited about life.

And when you go back and revisit these albums, they still take you back to that earlier time in your life and make you appreciate what they were and what they represented. In many ways Blink is therapy. They’re the best friends you never had, that you could always rely on. Their the champions of the sport-less. The parents of the latchkey. The older sibling who had been there, done that. And as you get older, you might put them away for a while, you might go to college, get a job, get married, and you finally listen after years and then you realize listening to blink doesn’t change. You feel the same way now about it as you did when you first heard them. They embody eternal youth. So grab some albums and dive on in buddy.”

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