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Terrific sales of their independent Cheshire Cat got Blink-182 signed to a major label (MCA) for 1997's Dude Ranch, which led to US radio hits ("Dammit" and "Josie") and platinum sales. No "sell-out" on the band's part, though, as Dude Ranch simply features another infectious collection of snotty vocals, punchy rhythms, vivid lyrics, and aggressive chords. San Diego producer Mark Trombino shines some of the scuffed edges, but this is still good ol' Blink at its sunny, effervescent best. Nice "emocore" spoof here ("Emo"), plus an odd knack for crafting bass-lines that recall--seriously!--New Order, and vocal harmonies that owe debts to the Beach Boys. --Mark Woodlief
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They are an easy target for hate, it's pop music for the MTV generation, but you know what? They we're a solid band. To compare Blink 182 with a band like "Simple Plan", is an insult. I won't disagree that they evolved, or "devolved" to Pop-Rock and bought into the radio play. However, from listening to this, the ROOTS of Blink 182, before the transformation... It's just a taste of nostalgia, something that you can listen too and listen front to back and it will feel like five minutes have passed. This band spawned thousands of copycats... and for good reason.
You could call it biased for me to say my teenager generation's "Raw Cool Music" is better than this generations "Raw Cool Music", but it's absolute fact. These band's are cheap spawns of Blink, Blink had an edge, great writing, and the trio was just... a touch of brilliance, and no, I don't use the word that often.
It's a shame they ended up breaking up, but as the late great George Harrison said: "All Things Must Pass".
The best part of this CD for me is the troika of songs, Enthused, Untitled and Apple Shampoo. Enthused is still probably my favorite Blink song (up there with Wrecked Him), and the harmonies provided by Scott Russo from UL are great on Untitled. Apple Shampoo is a punk rock "ballad" about a young lady Mark knew, and I think it might be among their best songs lyrically. Unfortunately, with the exception of New Hope and Dick Lips (which is a classic), the rest of this CD is pretty weak. Songs like Voyeur and Emo really have no imagination to them, they just kinda feel like the band was just going through the motions.
Overall this is a very good CD, to me the band started going down when Scott "left" the band, just like No Doubt went down hill when Eric Stefani left, but that's another review. I'm not one of those "old fans" who derides everything the band has done since Scott left, I just don't think they have been at more of a peak musically since this CD. If you want to hear what Blink once was, give this CD a shot, but don't expect the White Album or Milo Goes to College.
Pathetic - This is a great opening song. I can identify with the lyrics really well. The guitar sounds really cool in the intro. The bridge is pretty tight as well. 9/10
Voyeur - Great bass in this song. Tom's pervertedness kicks in here. haha, don't worry its not that bad. There's also a bass solo in here. 9/10
Dammit - Sickest song ever! Six words: "I guess this is growing up." Here's a cool fact: Mark wrote the main guitar riff to dammit on a two stringed guitar. (Yes I know mark's the bassist, but he knows how to play guitar). The soft interlude in this song is a nice touch, so is the keyboards at the end. 10/10
Boring - For me, probably one of the more boring songs of the cd. The interlude is great, but the song itself has never really sunk in. 6/10
Dick Lips - This song is about Tom getting kicked out of high school for getting caught at a basketball game drunk. When I hear this song I think of Tom pleading to his parents "Please don't ground me!Read more ›
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This is their last "Punk Like" CD before they changed to a more pop-punk. It has their too awsome singles Dammit and Josie on it plus one of my favorites Degenerate. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Andrew J. Morgan
I absolutely love this cd. i've been listening to it regularly for 3 years and i love it even more than when i started. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by R. Hite
This CD is incredible!!! I first bought this CD over a year ago and had the reaction most people have when they first hear this album. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Dan Callahan
I personally don't think this is a very good CD. The only song I ever listen to is "Dammit". Read morePublished on May 27 2004
This is what blink really is. This CD has great gyitar and bass solos, as well as humorous and witty lyrics. This album shows how talented all of the membes of blink really are. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Hillary
Blink-182's first famous album, the album that made them the famous trio they are today, although they had a different drummer back then they were still just as good, maybe better. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by thejmyster
this is my favorite cd of all time. this has some funny songs and some serious songs. no skip-overs.... they're all good. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by shawn parsons