20 Years of Enema of The State and The Effect It Had On Me.
Earlier this month the legendary pop punk trio Blink-182 celebrated the 20th year of the wildly successful ground breaking album “Enema of the State”. Released June 1st, 1999 EOTS would be the anthem of a whole generation. The influence that it had on up and coming bands, and even a snot nose kid from Akron was profound. Throughout this article I will be describing the impact that this album and this band has had on me.
I will never forget the first time I heard blink-182. I was 8 years old sitting on my couch with a bowl cereal on my lap. Fifteen minutes until I had to go to school. My mom liked to have music playing as she got ready for work. MTV (back when they actually played music videos) was usually her go to. There was a lot of Britney Spears and all the boy bands that were hugely popular at the time. All of a sudden a new music video comes on and there were three men in white suits walking from a private jet. I just assumed it was another boy band.. then the music started. Those two power chords at the beginning sent shock waves through my body. This was different.. I’m sitting there on the edge of my seat. I’ve never heard or seen anything like this. That was the first time I heard “All The Small Things”.
I remember begging my mom for a copy of EOTS, and the chores I had to do to achieve that goal. Finally my mom took me to Walmart and bought me a copy (edited version of course). I burst through the door as soon as we got home and put that baby in the CD player. It was never not on when I was home. It was an obsession. Songs like “Whats My Age Again” and “Going Away to College” were my favorite. I also credit Tom DeLonge along with Billie Joe Armstrong for the reasons I picked up a guitar. EOTS stuck with me through thick and thin. Through all of my awkward middle school years.
Things didn’t change as I hit high school. I finally graduated to the “dirty version” of EOTS and the obsession hadn’t weakened. You could catch me in the school cafeteria singing shitty covers of “Adams Song” or “Don’t Leave Me”. Eventually I started my first band, and surprise surprise, our first cover was “Dumpweed”. You can’t discredit a band that never took themselves seriously, had insane success, and just looked like they were having the time of their life every time they preformed. With all dick jokes, and Tom talking about fucking Marks dad, they were just so endearing you couldn’t help but love them. To have commercial success as a punk band in a era where boy band ruled the world is nothing less than amazing.
As an adult I will be the first one to admit I kinda grew out of the band as my music taste evolved. But every now and then I’ll put on EOTS and just scream every lyric. I’ll try to imitate all of Travis’ drum fill, and look like an idiot. It just takes me back to the times I was an angsty teen. Nostalgia spills over me every time I listen to Blink. I can’t help but jam a few songs every time I pick up my guitar. That’s the just infectious effect that my San Diego boys have on me. I can help but hum “Party Song” every time I’m doing busy work. That’s how I know I’ll be in a rocking chair with grey hair reminiscing about how amazing and important that Blink really was.
As I write this I’m about three weeks away from seeing Blink preform EOTS in its entirety. I can barely contain my excitement, and have been prepping by listening it religiously. They’re being supported by hip hop superstar Lil Wayne. They’re also bringing along a band that they had a HUGE influence on, Neck Deep. After twenty years I’m still infatuated and head over heels in love with EOTS. Here’s to twenty more years!