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CD MCA Records, MCD 11624, 1997, 15 Track
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".
Pathetic - 9/10 I didnt really even listen to this song very much before I got their live cd but now i really like it alot... even the unlive version.
Voyeur - 9/10 This is a cool song about how hes sitting outside in a tree watching a girl undress though her window, and her father is gonna come out and shoot him.
Dammit - 10/10 Of course Dammit is a great song, most likely you have heard it.
Boring - 7/10 Boring is a good song but not the best of the bunch.
D*** Lips - 8/10 This is another excellent song about when a kid drank too much alchohol and got kicked out of highschool.
Waggy - 7/10 I don't really care for this song, i don't know why its just not too catchy
Enthused - 8/10 Yes, this is a cool song i just like the tune alot.
Untitled - 9/10 again, their live CD got me to start listening to this more and now I love it.
Apple Shampoo - 9/10 this is another excellent song, i don't really konw why again I like the way it starts alot
Emo - 7/10 Well this song is not catchy either
Josie - 10/10 I bet you know this one... it is great.
A New Hope - 6/10 Ok i think this song is really retarded because is the chorus he is singing princess leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeia.
Degenerate 7/10 Sorry i dont remember this song very much.
Lemmings - 8/10 this starts out pretty cool and has a good beat.
I'm Sorry - 6/10 Yeah its kewl but not so good.
OK WELL I HOPE MY REVIEW WAS HELPFUL TOO U AND YOU WILL CONSIDER BUYING THIS CD.
Pathetic- its a very good song, a good song to start off the cd.
Voyeur- one of my favorites on the cd,a pretty funny song too
Dammit- im sure mostly everyone has heard this song, its a great song.If you've just heard it on the radio, the version on the cd is a little different sounding, its better.
Boring- this song is OK, its very short, its about 1min.30sec. or so. Gets boring after a while.
Dick Lips- this song is great, anyone can relate to it, just listen to it once u get it.
Waggy- this song is not one of my favorites, its OK.
Enthused- this song has a great guitar intro, its almost head pounding :).
Untitled- gets a bit boring after a couple of listens, its very catchy, a good song though.
Apple Shampoo- takes a while for the song to get "started" if you know what I mean.An OK song.
Emo- also one of my favorites on the cd, beginning starts out with harmonics, a great intro also,then it gets better.
Josie- youve heard this song and im sure youve seen the video, also another catchy song. A great song.
A New Hope- a song about "Star Wars" and Princess Leiah. An OK song
Degenerate- one of the funniest songs on the cd,chorus is great.
Lemmings- this song isnt one of my favorites, but thats my opinion.
Im Sorry- an OK song, but its worth listening too.
I hope I informed you on this cd,you will enjoy it once you buy it.
Overall grade: A
Most recent customer reviews
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
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. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Christopher Ratzlaff
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
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... Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by J. M. Dean