Cheerfully childish and endearingly energetic, Blink-182 erupted onto the airwaves in the early 90s. Before that, they’d been regulars on the Californian punk circuit, fusing pop melodies with aggressive guitar work, to become pioneers of the pop-punk movement.
While their first single, M+M’s, was picked up by local radio stations, it wasn’t until 1997 that Blink-182 had their first taste of significant success. Dammit (Growing Up), taken from their second album, Dude, was their breakthrough single, bringing their unique blend of anarchic music and adolescent humour to the masses.
Enema of the State is a favourite album among fans, with All The Small Things taking a pot-shot at the boyband phenomenon. However, the band’s serious side has never been more evident than on Not Now, which reflects on the rising tensions within the group at the time.