by Sean Smith
The popular alt-rock/punk trio of Blink-182 is back on the music scene this week as they will be releasing their latest album this Friday. Albeit, this isn’t the same group that made themselves popular when they made a name for themselves back in the 1990s. While longtime members Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus are still with the band, Tom Delonge has exited the group and Matt Skiba has stepped into Tom’s shoes.
Blink-182’s seventh studio album is entitled California. The release of this new record was announced this past April at the same time that they released the first single “Bored to Death.” The new single has been met with positive commercial success. “Bored to Death” made it’s debut on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart inside the Top 20, sitting at #18. By July, the song had finally reached the top of the chart and became the band’s first number one hit in over a decade.
The band is set to go out on tour to support the album’s release beginning in late July. The tour will kick off on July 21, in San Diego and will conclude back in California on October 1, in Los Angeles. Blink-182 will be joined on the tour at points by the bands A Day to Remember, All American Rejects, and All Time Low. You can checkout all the dates for the upcoming tour, as well as some dates they have scheduled prior to the official tour getting underway, at the band’s website here.
Blink-182 first entered the national music scene by performing in the popular touring musical festival the Van’s Warped Tour in 1996. They then capitalized on that national exposure releasing their first major label project, but second album overall, Dude Ranch in 1997. The lead single from that album “Dammit” became a hit on the Rock charts and gained the band an even further audience within the genre. While promoting the new album the band participated once again in the ever-growing in popularity Warped Tour again in 1997, further gaining the band a wider audience.
The band put out their third studio record in June of 1999. The album was called Enema of the State and it was this album which finally gave Blink-182 it’s crossover mainstream success. The album’s first single was “What’s My Age Again?” which became Blink’s first official crossover radio hit, making it as high as the #58 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Which leads us to the second single to be released off of Enema of the State and the subject of this week’s edition of #tbt here on Clizbeats.com.
“All the Small Things” was released right at the turn of the century, at the start of January in the year 2000. The song was made to appease their label, knowing that they would want a radio friendly single. Therefore, the band put together a catchy and simple sounding record, with “All the Small Things.” The formula seemed to work for Blink, as the single performed extremely well on radio and therefore the charts as well. The track quickly topped the Modern Rock chart upon its release, and did almost as well with a more general mainstream audience as it reached as high as number six on the Hot 100. A music video the band put out for the song also contributed to the song’s popularity. It featured the punk rock trio essentially mocking videos made at the time by boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, garnering Blink-182 a heavy presence on MTV’s Total Request Live.
So with Blink-182 releasing their new album California on Friday, this week we take a moment to remember their 2000 radio smash “All the Small Things” from their 1999 album Enema of the State. Enjoy.
“All The Small Things”
From Enema of the State
“What’s My Age Again?”
From Enema of the State
From Dude Ranch
Cargo Music/MCA Records
“Bored To Death”
BMG Rights Management