I'm 21, the first Blink album I ever bought was the Greatest Hit's about a year ago. I generally listen to Classic Rock, like the Beatles, The Beach Boys, Van Morrison, The Police, etc. So you could say I kind of threw a curve ball by putting Blink in my CD player. Just recently I decided to pick up Dude Ranch, hearing it was a more "raw" Blink, and something that was closer to their roots. This is absolutely true. It amazes me that we have people coming on here preaching this crap that "They aren't punk." Yes, yes they are. There are varying degrees of "punk", and no, they aren't teenie booper music, or at least, it's not on Dude Ranch.
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".