The term “pop punk” is thrown around quite a lot nowadays, usually assigned to bands such as All Time Low, Paramore and Fall Out Boy and is successful for presenting punk rock with a whole new twist on it. Even though now nearly any new bands nowadays can be classified as being pop punk, one pop punk that have been around since the start and celebrated their 21st anniversary on Friday are blink 182.
Now blink-182 aren’t unheard of as they’ve had success both commercially and critically, being well known for the energy and charisma that thrives in their albums as well as their live performances. Greatest Hits was released during the hiatus of blink-182, a hiatus many fans and critics thought would never end and who could blame them. Tom DeLonge was already having mild success with his band Angels and Airwaves and Mark Hoppus was also working on various musical projects such as +44 with fellow bandmate Travis Barker who, in my opinion, is one of the most talented drummers in music right now, expanding his talents to different genres outside of the genre he had conquered with blink-182. Enough with the reminiscing now, with blink-182 back with an altered style which is fresh and still as great as ever, it’s time to look back at their greatest hits. I couldn’t have picked a better track list if I’m being honest, as the selection on this album contains tracks from the early days with Scott Raynor on albums such as Buddha and obviously ones from Enema Of The State where he was replaced with Barker and blink began to experience major commercial success. Of course there is the obvious choices such as All The Small Things that’ll have you chanting “nananananananananana” over and over again and Carousel that lets you reminisce on the early days of blink and back on a younger Tom DeLonge’s odd vocals. As well as that, there’s also the dark Adam’s Song which is chilling even now and Stay Together For The Kids, two songs that show that blink weren’t only about dick and mum jokes but about the hard times of adolescence and life itself. I Miss You and First Date are both good choices as they show another well known problem of adolescence, romance. The latter represents more of the awkward guy’s version of a date with the paranoia of screwing it up and so makes it a very relatable song with a very cheesy, romantic chorus.
Negatives? The only problem I have with this album is the absence of certain tracks that shows the humorous side of blink which would make for a slightly better compilation album but the tracks that are on the episode can’t be argued with. After listening to it more than I’m glad to admit, I still have no issues with any of the tracks on this album.
At the end of the day, blink-182 will be many things to many people, not all of these things positive as is the case with every band. Ignoring that fact though, every fan of the punk genre, no matter what their preference is should listen to this album. For fans of the pop punk genre, it’s a must buy as it not only shows why blink-182 are successful but how the genre as a whole was born. Plug in your headphones, turn up the volume, play and enjoy.