English Composition I
October 27, 2009
Blink 182 – Self Titled
Blink 182, a pop-punk band from Poway, California, has come a long way since their debut titled Cheshire Cat. Previously, most of Blink’s songs were filled with childish humor and simple, fast paced rhythms. However, unlike the bands other albums, their self titled album is quite different. There is a clear and common theme in this album. This is that of broken relationships, and losing loved ones. The style of music is much more experimental, and the lyrics have much more meaning. A good example of this would be from the song I Miss You where vocalist/guitarist Tom Delonge describes someone passing away, and how he is constantly thinking of them.
Where are you? And I'm so sorry. I cannot sleep, I cannot dream tonight. I need somebody and always, this sick strange darkness, comes creeping on so haunting every time. And as I stared I counted, webs from all the spiders, catching things and eating their insides. Like indecision to call you, and hear your voice of treason. Will you come home and stop this pain tonight? Stop this pain tonight?
The album begins with the song Feeling This which demonstrates their new music style by the use of a flanger effect on the beginning riff on the guitar. This effect produces an almost aquatic swishing sound, and has not been used on any of their other albums. This is accompanied by a complicated drum beat from drummer Travis Barker, and then followed by Tom’s lyrics describing him thinking about the times with an ex girlfriend. The song then moves on to the chorus sung by vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus. “Fate fell short this time, your smile fades into summer, raise your hand in mine, I’ll leave when I wanna”, which shows that he has gotten over it and moved on. The next song continues with the same idea of an ex...