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Dude Ranch

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  • Audio CD (June 24 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002P6G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 388 customer reviews
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1. Pathetic
2. Voyeur
3. Dammit
4. Boring
5. Dick Lips
6. Waggy
7. Enthused
8. Untitled
9. Apple Shampoo
10. Emo
11. Josie
12. A New Hope
13. Degenerate
14. Lemmings
15. I'm Sorry

Product Description


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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Format: Audio CD
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".
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Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying there was a time when Blink 182 was my favorite band, unfortunately, this is when they were still called Blink and still had Mr. Raynor at the drums. This CD was the end of an era for me. There are so many great songs on here, Dammit is about as close to an anthem as Blink gets, the video was great too if you can track it down. Josie is obviously great, and Pathetic, although I don't really care for the song that much, is a great example of what Mark and Tom can do working off of each other.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Dude Ranch is great... no song on this album sounds the same. You get everything: meaningful lyrics, fast guitars, and a band that will keep a smile on your face (either that or you'll run from Tom's pervertedness). Either way its good. Each song I can identify with one way or another - whether it has to do with a girl, or urination. They're awesome! If you buy this CD, you're getting the best that blink has to offer; from here on, none of blink's CDs will beat this one - unless you're a good charlotte/simple plan fan. Blink has and will always be my favorite band. I mean, sure they're not "Punk" (examples: rancid, operation ivy, nofx, anti - flag), but they're a lot more punk than they are now. If you're a power pop fan, then buy Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. Otherwise, go with this. Here's the break down for you:
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!
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By A Customer on April 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the reviews which gave the cd only 1 star was very strongly opinionated, so i feel that i should do my duty to society and correct the confused, troubled, person who wrote that. You see, Dude Ranch is in fact a great cd and if you would take away your mental block of Blink 182 and their extremely poppy new crap that is definately not punk and listen to just the music on this cd and the cds before this one, you would see that the music actually is really good. just becuz you might not like songs with emotional (or pathetic, however you want to look at it) themes, such as girl problems, the music is still really good, and they havent sold out at all at this point. The guitar riffs in "Enthused" are a lot better than I've heard in most other punk songs. Basically, all I'm saying is that although in some people's opinion the lyrics might suck, the band kicks @$$ at writing music. And while Tom and Mark themselves arent even all that good at guitar/bass, the music they play is great and the vocal harmony in places is great, so no one in their right mind could ever say that the band sucks altogether. and the drummer(s) (especially the new drummer travis) could seriously give Ginger Baker (from Cream for you rock wannabes out there) a run for his money.
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