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Blink-182: Cheshire CatCheshire Cat (1995)
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I got into Blink 182 the first time I heard "What's my Age Again" on the radio. I know, that was when I was young and naive and totally into pop punk. I bought Enema of the State and I thought Blink 182 was the shit. I decided that I had to get all of their albums. The first time I listened to C.
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I got into Blink 182 the first time I heard "What's my Age Again" on the radio. I know, that was when I was young and naive and totally into pop punk. I bought Enema of the State and I thought Blink 182 was the shit. I decided that I had to get all of their albums. The first time I listened to Cheshire Cat, I was in for a surprise. This wasn't the same Blink 182 who recored Enema of the State. Dare I say, this version of Blink 182 was (gasp) much better.

Every song on this album is fast, musically impressive, and very powerful. It grabs you from the start with "Carousel" (Blink's alltime best) and doesn't let go until the end. Some of Blink's infamous humor is displayed in songs like "Depends" (an ode to undergarments), "Does My Breath Smell" ("why do they always kick me in the groin when a come near?"), and "Just About Done" (a bunch of guys running around screaming). Other standouts include "M&M's", "Peggy Sue", and "Toast and Banana's". This is one of the only albums in my collection where I like just about every song.

After listening to this one, I saw the error of my ways, and soon realized how bad Enema of the State really was. But every now and then, I'll put this one in my CD player and wish Blink was still this good. For all of you "punk purists" dont' dismiss Cheshire Cat just because it says Blink 182 on the front. One listen and you'll surely love it. And for all of you who love songs like "All the Small Things" and "The Rock Show", one listen to this and I guarantee you'll change your ways.

 

 
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OffspringKickAss (August 24, 2012)

This album is awesome, it kicks ass and makes me laugh. Great cd.

The_Crowing (October 24, 2007)

As this is basically the album that got me into rock, I have to give it props. Even as a firm believer in the absolute uselessness of the pop/punk genre, this album is one of the greats. Kids that started listening to Blink after Enema of the State, buy this album, study it, then go kill yourself for being so stupid.

vaness (October 12, 2007)

i haven't listened to Chesire cat yet because it didn't really appeal to me but it was more all the small things that got me into them now even though they are split up i still can't get enough of them.

Benzilla (June 8, 2007)

i started listening to this album when i was like 13. its really got me into music

blinker (April 15, 2007)

I can't believe what you people are writing about drummers. There is absolutely no one out there that can produce a phatter beat than travis. He is the best drummer there is FOR THIS STYLE OF MUSIC. He could dominate other styles, but he sticks with whats best. Someone said earlier, Danny Carey is better than travis. Cool, your opinion, but the truth is...if there was a drum off between the 2, travis would fuckin destroy. He's faster, more technical, and his style is incredible. Travis is a master, and all should bow before him

punkdude89 (April 11, 2007)

dude i mean, they were more punk when they released this album... I think that is great punk music...

connor182x (February 24, 2007)

I do think that travis is an excellent drummer, but i agree with seek. There are better drummers out there

connor182x (February 24, 2007)

I do think that travis is an excellent drummer, but i agree with seek. There are better drummers out there

connor182x (February 24, 2007)

I do think that travis is an excellent drummer, but i agree with seek. There are better drummers out there

connor182x (February 24, 2007)

I do think that travis is an excellent drummer, but i agree with seek. There are better drummers out there

connor182x (February 24, 2007)

this is a really good review. i agree. blink-182's old stuff is funnier and a lot better. i don't absolutely hate their newer stuff, but i definiteley agree that it isn't as good.

EXCELLENT REVIEW

Sedrick (February 18, 2007)

For real, my favorite album of blink is boudha, but PUNKNEWS don't put it in the album's artist.

This album is not retouchted and the sound is "garage" ,but i like it !

Sedrick (February 18, 2007)

For real, my favorite album of blink is boudha, but PUNKNEWS don't put it in the album's artist.

This album is not retouchted and the sound is "garage" ,but i like it !

Hezza (August 1, 2006)

Seriously first and last blink album i bought

Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

what happen to the Buddha LP?
that's my favorite blink album The Buddha.
admitted you were rocking out to blink 182 when it was in.

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

this is the best blink cd all the rest are ok, this is when blink sound it punk now they just sound crappy starting with enema of the state but anyway I think over all there a good band I rate them an 8 out of 10.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

Every body has been saying trvis sucks but that drummer in that album is their original drummer SCOTT RAYNOR fuck BARKER bring back RAYNOR

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Blink is the best freaking band ever. They are loved in my hart. They broke up is what they said well no need to cry just know that all the albums they have made freaking rocked and all you kill joys can go listen to your gay Good Charlotte. BLINK IS THE BEST BAND THERE EVER WAS

lauz (April 18, 2005)

yeah wot she/he says below me! blink ARE the shit. they rock man! im absolutely devastated they broke up me and my best m8 cried! wer convinced it was TRAVIS BARKER. he told MTV that they wer goin to get back together wen the times rite and now he says ITS OVER! i swear he locked up mark and shut him (gagged) in na cupboard while he gave that statement. and what about poor TOM!? 1 half of the FUNNIEST TWOSOME IN PUNK! whatever will we do if mark and tom are split up? we maintain they both should get a NOVICE BUT BRILLIANT drummer and sontinue to rock on. and im sure even SCOTT RAYNOR wuddnt fail to jump at the chans to rejoin the MIGHTY BLINK 182!
ta 4 now
xXx

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

Ok faggots you can stop bitching about how bad blink 182 sucks in the end you just wasted a crap load of time writing it, so fuck off blink 182 is awesome

Blink 182 Haters go fuck yourself up the ass you shit heads

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

You must be joking...right? Travis sucks and just because a drummer can play fast it does not make him good, espcially if his beats are shit.

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

Travis definitely is the best punk drummer. He is very technical and can play the fast "punk" beat

Jordan Burns also is extremely good.

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

This is BY FAR blink's best cd. You could tell that they were doing what they love and not doing it to make money. Best song is Carousel.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

I heard Enema of The State before Cheshire Cat and i loved it but i also think that Enema of The State is a great album and i always listen to it and im not a teeny bopper cuz along with blink i listen to the misfits, Alkaline Trio, Social D, Bad Religion and Black Sabbath!

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

Alkaline Trio

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

I used to listen to this album when it came out and i was in sixth grade. I thought it rocked, and i still do but i cant listen to anything they put out anymore cuz its all crap. The new albums are horrible, dude ranch was alrite. These guys are in there twenties and still singing about high school and dating. Its sad.

Drummadict (December 16, 2002)

i'm not gonna bash u. I like blink as much as u do. My band plays alot of their covers. We also do a shitload of harcore covers tho for any of u hardcore punkers w/ no life and rip on people who have different views on music. But otherwise, we do some nfg, nofx, bigwig, useless id, antifreeze, ataris, box car, and some new blink cause their new stuff is ok. we do a lot more than just that too but i'm not gonna name em all. later

punkboy_1 (December 6, 2002)

my favorite blink album, carousel is their best song period, also romeo and rebbeca, i like blink so all you hardcore punkers can proceed in bashing me now.

zeiter (November 26, 2002)

Dave Raun from Lagwagon is the best punk drummer, you see the guy play live and it blows your mind and any other drummer out of the water. Leththe debate continue...

Anonymous (November 22, 2002)

Yes. Jordan Burns is the best punk drummer today in my opinion.

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

Jordan Burns is also better than Travis... - bigjerk

Magnoon-OWI (August 15, 2002)

wow, reading all these comments made me wish travis played drums on this cd.

Anonymous (August 15, 2002)

5 Punk drummers who are better than Travis:

1) Josh Freese (Vandals)
2) Dave Raun (Lagwagon)
3) Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion)
4) David Sandstrom (Refused)
5) Duncan Redmonds (Snuff)

Travis is still a shitload better than 90% of the drummers out there, but he ain't the best. Now stop fucking bitching about it.

-Les

Anonymous (August 14, 2002)

Cheshire Cat is by far Blink's best

Anonymous (August 14, 2002)

While it may be true that the older Blink is better than the newer Blink, it is not by much since it's still in fact Blink. The whole idea behind this seems to be that they're sellouts now, not punk, and you have nightmares every night that you go to sleep about that girl who you utterly despise now likes Blink 182 because she saw them on a Top Ten MTV countdown.

Christ, the lyrics are no better and the guitar riffs are no better. The only thing one can say about the older Blink 182 is that they're "more punk" since no one seems to agree what "punk" is. Punk is just what the majority says it is, or what the kid with the green spiked hair with cuts all over his arm wearing a Rancid t-shirt he bought off the web says it is.

I find your review humerous. "I got into Blink 182 the first time I heard "What's my Age Again" on the radio ... that was when I was young and naive and totally into pop punk.", so you're thirteen now? The only explanation I can imagine for that statement is you're a jew, just had your bar mitzvah, and you consider yourself a manly man now. Quite a wealth of muscical knowledge and taste comes with age now that you're a man. "young and naive and totally into pop punk" So pop punk is bad, and the older Blink 182 isn't pop punk?

Punk kids are dumb and funny. After reading this review I'll look at the band Blink 182 in a new light. And since they're older music is truely some of the greatest music society has seen in the last two houndred years I'll even give some of their newer "non-punk" music a second chance. Thank you for the wonderful review, it has changed my life.

Anonymous (August 14, 2002)

it's amazing how much some of you can write about nothing

Anonymous (August 13, 2002)

Anyone who actually thinks that Scott is a better drummer than Travis needs a box of Q-tips.

Travis is one of the tighest drummers I've ever heard.

RightCliqificus (August 13, 2002)

I hate travis too. he's a terrible drummer. Fits well with the band.

Anonymous (August 13, 2002)

travis still sucks

seek (August 13, 2002)

I like how most the posts weren't about them selling out, the ones that were tend to argue against that notion. Most of them are about Travis's drumming or the vocals.

Anonymous (August 13, 2002)

aren't.

add to post below.

Anonymous (August 13, 2002)

i like how half of these posts are about the music but them selling out. that's great.

-sarcasm.

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

"'punk' doesnt always mean the best musically. so there"

wow, have long have you been listening to punk? real punks are drawn to the DIY aspect of the style, because we aren't good enough to do much else.

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

Yes, I've been playing drums for 8 years. yes, you've been playing for 4. i'm glad you've taught yourself. thats exciting and fun, but hey, its pretty apparent that you guys only listen to a couple bands. travis is not the worst drummer ever, but he is to nothing jizz your hole about. i think blink is an ok band, but you guys are giving them too much credit. out of all punk drumers i've heard, i'd give travis about a 5 or 6 (TOPS!) and thats just out of punk drummers. out of drummers in general, he'd get like a 3 and 1/2. his beats are simplistic. his rolls aren't anything to mention. his cymbol work is really all he has going for him and its not that neat. and its funny that you guys say fuck pennywise. thats all fine. all their songs sound the same. ok.. i agree. although, i still like them quite abit, based on speed and lyrical content. either way, byron is a pretty badass drummer. few in the punk scene are as good. though there are a few (not travis) .. listen to the beats on land of the free. i'm not talking about stuff from the unknown road. he's a lot better now. anyway.. somebody also said that NFGs drummer was almost as good as travis. i agree. but, since travis isn't that good, its not that big of a deal. i apologize that your music catalog is so limited. i hope that one day, right around the time of puberty, you'll see that travis is mediocre, decent, but nothing to drop a load for. You will probably notice if you see them live that he fucks up quite often, which is okay. maybe, i'm speaking from a viewpoint that isn't fair to travis. i know that i can play his beats without problem, including some of the boxcar stuff. i've only listened to that one song a few times. not that big of a deal. some of it is better than what he usually does, but not that great. I'm not understanding this brick wall you guys are hitting. its like you've never heard a good drummer before. sure, if you've never heard anybody better than travis, you'd automatically think he's the best. but when you've listened to the amount of bands i have, you'll notice that he ain't that special. i'm primarily a guitarist, but i'm also a pretty decent drummer. the drummer for one of my bands is a dozen times better than travis and quite a lot better than myself. maybe i'm just spoiled, having listened to so many good drummers in my life that i can more easily detect travis' mediocrity. anyway, keep listening. sooner or later you'll hear it.

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

Yes, I've been playing drums for 8 years. yes, you've been playing for 4. i'm glad you've taught yourself. thats exciting and fun, but hey, its pretty apparent that you guys only listen to a couple bands. travis is not the worst drummer ever, but he is nothing jizz your hole about. i think blink is an ok band, but you guys are giving them too much credit. out of all punk drumers i've heard, i'd give travis about a 5 or 6 (TOPS!) and thats just out of punk drummers. out of drummers in general, he'd get like a 3 and 1/2. his beats are simplistic. his rolls aren't anything to mention. his cymbol work is really all he has going for him and its not that neat. and its funny that you guys say fuck pennywise. thats all fine. all their songs sound the same. ok.. i agree. although, i still like them quite abit, based on speed and lyrical content. either way, byron is a pretty badass drummer. few in the punk scene are as good. though there are a few (not travis) .. listen to the beats on land of the free. i'm not talking about stuff from the unknown road. he's a lot better now. anyway.. somebody also said that NFGs drummer was almost as good as travis. i agree. but, since travis isn't that good, its not that big of a deal. i apologize that your music catalog is so limited. i hope that one day, right around the time of puberty, you'll see that travis is mediocre, decent, but nothing to drop a load for. You will probably notice if you see them live that he fucks up quite often, which is okay. maybe, i'm speaking from a viewpoint that isn't fair to travis. i know that i can play his beats without problem, including some of the boxcar stuff. i've only listened to that one song a few times. not that big of a deal. some of it is better than what he usually does, but not that great. I'm not understanding this brick wall you guys are hitting. its like you've never heard a good drummer before. sure, if you've never heard anybody better than travis, you'd automatically think he's the best. but when you've listened to the amount of bands i have, you'll notice that he ain't that special. i'm primarily a guitarist, but i'm also a pretty decent drummer. the drummer for one of my bands is a dozen times better than travis and quite a lot better than myself. maybe i'm just spoiled, having listened to so many good drummers in my life that i can more easily detect travis' mediocrity. anyway, keep listening. sooner or later you'll hear it.

seek (August 12, 2002)

" If blink 182 really did suck then they would never have even been considered for a record deal." -- I suppose Britney Spears, Nelly, The Osmand Family, and disco was Grade A stuff? Hell, there are albums released by the people at GM Motors singing about auto safety. It doesn't take a good band to get a record deal, it just takes a sellable record.

seek (August 12, 2002)

you guys go too far saying travis is "the best drummer ever". have you guys ever heard of a fella named Keith Moon? Or John Bonham? As far as "punk" drummers go, there are so many that are better. Chuck Biscuits, drummer in both DOA and Black Flag. Topper Headon from The Clash was a hundred times better than Travis. John Maher from the Buzzcocks has him beat hands down. I mean, you have to judge a drummer on two things: the quality of his music and the technical ability of his drumming. The quality of Travis's music obviously leaves much to be desired. His technical ability isn't something to scoff at but at the time it isn't wholly impressive. He's just a pretty good drummer in a pretty average band.

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

yea as usual pat41 knows his shit and the rest of u are idiots. oh yea, travis is an amazing drummer and if u dont' think so u have no idea how to play drums. 8 years my ass u mother fucker. i've been playing 4 and travis kicks ass. his non standard rolls, his smooth transistions from hi hat to cymbols and back, his syncopated rhythms on the new boxcar cd, all of which are great. yea danny carey rules too. differtn genre dork. for punk, travis pushes the envelope to the max w/ teh simple shit mark and tom give him to work w/. that snare roll in the breakdown of 'i feel so'? check that shit out. do have any fucking clue how hard that is? fuck you asshole, i dont' like blink but too knock someones musical ability is ignorant and childish.
-cawknocker

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

the person below is soo incredibly right, its not even funny. o and travis is definitely a very talented drummer, the only other drummer close to him, is cyrus from nfg. so go listen to your 'punk' cds, but just wanted to let you know, 'punk' doesnt always mean the best musically. so there

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

I hate all the people that say "Blink 182 is not punk" Blink 182 sucks" Travis is not a good drummer" blah blah fucking blah. If blink 182 really did suck then they would never have even been considered for a record deal. People will say oh the trend is pop punk and all the labels were trying to get pop punk bands... fuck no. There are plenty of other pop punk bands out there and there was no need to pick blink 182 out of the bunch unless they stodd out and had some talent. Travis is not a good drummer... hahaha good one guys. If you listen to the live album and dude ranch and compare dammit you can tell how much scotts drumming is simple and not difficult to do at all. I have been drumming for about a year and have never taken a lesson have never been in a band and have never taken a tip or been taught anything by anybody and I can play scotts drumming from dammit. I played with my brothers band at my birthday part saturday and I kicked the shit out of dammmit. Travis is 10 times better than most drummers out there. The guy from NOFX... fuck him. He is extremely fast but fast doesnt always equal good. Somebody said for a good drummer check out the guy from Pennywise... fuck... nothing in pennywise is worth anybody's time. pennywise sucks and they suck more than blink 182 ever could. And I hate people saying that "Oh I hope everybody who says blink 182 is punk dies" fuck you, its so punk to hate blink 182. I just want everybody to think I am so god damned punk. I guarantee you its not punk to have an internet connection. I can tell you honestly that more than half of the people on here to not adhere to the original beliefs of the punk subculture. I hear the word gay thrown around, fag, homo, calling something you think is bad gay is not punk. And to all the people that constantly remind us that NFG, sum 41, blink 182, good charlotte, and all bands similar are "not punk" then maybe you should look more closely... having to protect your punk image by not liking certain bands because they are not punk is not punk. I cant wait until the distillers become popular and you guys are sitting around calling them not punk, and saying they sold out and that you hate them and always have. I will laugh in your face and call you all lying sacks of shit... becuase thats what most of you are.-pat41

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

um, i've seen blink play twice, plus i've heard their last 3 cds, which tell me that your drummer is fucking moron and not likely a very good drummer himself if he considers travis to be THE BEST ever. thats pretty fucking stupid. The Best?? you gotta be kidding. any down syndrome patient with his thumb up his ass can hear that travis doesn't have anything special to offer. he's a mediocre drummer. and mediocre drummers suck. dime a dozen. like i posted earlier, i've been a drummer for a little more than 8 years and i know several other drummers. i only know a couple guys that are worse than travis. one guys been playing bout 6 months and he's at least as good as travis. not quite as solid, but he can play all the same beats. a drummer that considers travis to be THE BEST has got some serious problems and I would venture to assume they were gay.

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

This record is far different than their new stuff for sure. Whether for good or bad, thats a personal descision. Who and what is "punk" is irrelevant. But this record was edgier, faster and aside from the drum beat, instrumentally more technical. The new album have had great producers and this is has had a huge impact on the vocals and overall sound. Thansk for doing a review on blink cuase not many of these other kids would even if they secretly liked the record.

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

punk kid = ignorant kid

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

about travis, the drummer in my old band, who has been playing drums in bands for eight years, and is one of the true punkiest people i know, says he thinks travis is the best ever. he doesnt particulary like blink 182 but he says he thinks travis is really good. so ill take his word for it. ive seen blink 4 times and travis is really great live, so i assume the people who say hes not all hes craked up to be, havent seen him live.

JoSH

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

wow, the message board is the worst aspect of the internet.

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

this cd is good. personally i think its the best, his 'raw' singing is fine. and yeah its just good. much better then enema, that was just shit altogether. but whatever, i just think people need to get past this whole state of time when its still cool to make of blink 182, and enough of this sell out - mainstream shit. atleast theyre making money. i bet you wish you made as much as them. but whatever, blink was better back on cheshire cat, but takeoff your pants... is still good, just not as good. ok peece

degenerate (August 11, 2002)

good idea, might just try it. mmm lovely

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

hahahaha. thats funny

travis sucks.. to say that he is the KING OF PUNK DRUMMING???? are you joking... comparing him to nofx or pennywise??? thats humorous, but come on. the joke is over.

travis is fucking stupid. i've been a drummer for about 8 years and i'm not great, but i can recognize a shitty drummer when i hear one. .

i agree with the guy below. danny carey is the best drummer ever. hands down. of the bands i've heard anyway.

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

For the first time ever, the Vans Warped tour invaded the beautiful regional park Harriet Island here in St. Paul, MN. Featuring a wonderful view of the picturesque St. Paul skyline and the tranquil Mississippi River flowing a few feet away, the site was an oddly-perfect place for a punk show.
When I arrived at the gate, it was unbelievably hot! The temperature was well into the 90â??s by 12:00 p.m. and I highly doubted it would get any cooler. My friends and I had a little time before the first band we wanted to catch so we surveyed the area. In my opinion, one of the coolest parts about the Warped Tour is that first glimpse you get when you arrive. Tents and stages always seem to go on for miles and this year was no exception. What a view! By 1:30, we were ready to go check out the Alkaline Trio on one of the main stages.

The Alkaline Trio never fail to impress with their unique take on the proven pop-punk formula. Their performance was tight, if somewhat unremarkable. They mostly played songs off their first two albums, neglecting some of my favorites off of â??From Here to Infirmary.â? I tried to stay in the pit for their whole set but it was way too hot! It didnâ??t help things that the Trioâ??s music really isnâ??t suited for a 1:30 p.m. performance. All in all, they were OK, but I donâ??t think it had anything to do with the bandâ??s actual performance. I would still see them in a club, any day.

My friends and I immediately sought shade after the Alkaline Trio set. We amused ourselves for awhile by watching people on the pirate-themed slip â??n slide thing, though I admit it was hard to watch all that water being wasted when they only had one freakinâ?? water fountain for the whole area! Oh well, what can ya do?

By the time 3:00 p.m. rolled around, we headed back to the main stages to catch one of my favorite bands of all-time, Reel Big Fish. If there is one band that fits in perfectly on the Warped Tour, itâ??s RBF. Their fun, catchy rock-with-horns sound was welcome relief from the heat. No one cared that it was 90 degrees, we just wanted to have a good time and believe me, a good time was had by all. In between the beachballs and the skankinâ?? pit, RBF found a way to cram about nine or ten songs into their set. The band were accompanied by the trombone player from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and, though I didnâ??t catch his name, he added a lot to the overall sound of the band. They ripped through a bunch of new tunes and then, with the final bars of â??Sell Out,â? they were gone and we were off to catch them at a tent signing autographs. After chatting with the fish for awhile, we walked over to the Drive-Thru stage to see the Rx Bandits.

Unfortunately, before this show, I had never had the opportunity to see the Rx Bandits live. Letâ??s just say that I am kicking myself in the ass right now because they totally blew me away. I have (and love) their album â??Progressâ? but I had no idea how explosive they could be live. Their entire set pulsed with energy and their on-stage movements were, in all honesty, insane! They rocked through a bunch of tunes and I was sad to see them leave the stage. A word of advice: catch the Rx Bandits if they come to your town!

After being rocked by the Rx Bandits, we were un-rocked (can I say that?) by New Found Glory. I admit, I like this band a lot. I have all of their full-length CDs and I really enjoy them. Seeing them at this yearâ??s Warped Tour, however, left much to be desired. First of all, Jordan just CANNOT pull off some of those high notes live. Instead, he substitutes a different (and far worse) melody line in the originalâ??s place. Here and there is fine but come on, it gets really annoying after awhile. The other main gripe I have with their live show is the lack of harmonies. All NFG albums are loaded with double- and triple-tracked Jordan-sung harmonies. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the show. The songs seemed somewhat empty and lifeless at times and this was a major downer. The band did display a lot of energy, however, so I have to give them some credit. Mediocre at best.

Ok, well youâ??ve made it through my long, boring review and I bet you are wondering where it gets interesting. Right about...now! Just as Ozma was finishing up their set on the left main stage, it began to lightly sprinkle. Flogging Molly took the right stage at 6:00 and the light sprinkle turned into a total downpour! I cannot describe what followed but I will definitely try. Try to imagine thousands upon thousands of punks all doing a jig in the pouring rain while listening to an Irish punk band. It may sound a little bizarre but thatâ??s only because it really was. Singer Dave King remarked that it reminded him of â??fuckinâ?? Ireland!â? Iâ??m not sure if that is a positive thing or not but he sounded pretty enthusiastic about it. In any case, the rain continued to fall and Flogging Molly continued to play. The pit was absolutely insane during their set! We were all completely soaked but nobody really cared. I chanted â??oi!â? along with everyone else, sang myself hoarse, and ran around in a giant puddle of mud. It was amazing! The band, to say the least, was tight. They played a bunch of songs from their newest record and a few from â??Swaggerâ?. I would have to say, however, that the crowd really pushed their set over the top. By the time Flogging Molly left the stage, I was completely soaked and pretty cold. Nevertheless, we headed over to the other main stage for the next band, NOFX.

Unfortunately for the thousands of people still left at Harriet Island, they never actually played. It quickly became obvious that the rain wasnâ??t going to let up anytime soon and our chants of â??RAIN OR SHINE!â? (as printed on our tickets) didnâ??t do much to help matters. After about 20 minutes of this, El Hefe directed us back to the other main stage. Apparently, the rain had shorted out the power on one stage. What followed could probably be considered one of the most random and cool things I have ever seen at a show! Someone plugged in a guitar amp and gave El Hefe a guitar. Hefe and Fat Mike proceeded to play a few different NOFX tunes with just vocals and guitar. Jay from Bad Religion gave Mike his bass and Mike thanked Jay by playing and singing the BR classic, â??Do What You Want.â? Some more cool stuff followed with two dudes from Good Charlotte playing Weezerâ??s â??El Scorchoâ? and Morgan Heritage doing a few Bob Marley tunes. After about 45 minutes of randomness, we were finally kicked out of the park.

All in all, the 2002 Vans Warped Tour was definitely the coolest show I have ever been to. From the great bands early in the day to the awesome ending, the day was perfect. Even weeks later, a smile comes to my face whenever I hear a Flogging Molly song. I highly doubt that I will soon forget that day/evening in the rain!

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

the drummer in nofx isn't as good as everyone thinks he is. listen to his highhat when he's playing fast. It always skips the third beat.

p.s. travis is really fucking good. (his band sucks)

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

not a bad album, probably one of very very few pop punk bullshit that i listen to.

what's so hard to comment without making some bullshit lame 5 paragraphs of essay?

- n'deso

seek (August 11, 2002)

People who always say Blink 182 "sold out" always cite this album as back "when they were punk". First, they never sold out, to sell out you must betray your ideals, and they never had ideals to betray. Furthermore, they suck now, and they sucked back then. This album is mediocre at best.

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

production is shit on this album. also, this album shows how bad blink are, cuz once u get them out ofthe studio they can't replicate their sound live for shit. jerry finn can shine turds, he procuced sum41 also. this album shows what blink really sounds like. yea it was ok for the time, had some good tracks, their humor wasnt played out yet, but damn this cd sux, save carosel, peggy sue, m@m's. thats bout it. well i guess its not aweful but. shit.
-cawknocker

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

This is rating is for the guy that posts to nearly every review saying "so and so is NOT PUNK!"

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

all of you need to get a life, the arguement of whos punk and not is so old, maybe we should stop tearing down bands weither you like them or not, in the punk family, we have nofx, anti flag preaching being kind to your brother, how is this being kind, if you don't like them, simply don't listen to them, don't take blows thru a comment of some message board, and the dude who says travis sucks, wow, i'd like to see someone in the punk family who is better, i love nofx and pennywise, but honestly they don't compare, and i bet if you asked them personally they would tell you that hes the KING!!!! i'm out

Anonymous (August 11, 2002)

Okay, Blink is not punk, then neither is bad religion then. I just heard them on my local radio station. That means they're sellouts!Right! I can't wait and see until some underground bands get popular and everybody starts to like them. What are you Hardcore Punks gonna do then? Oh no, MTV is calling Thrice, Glassjaw, Thursday,and The Distillers to be on Trl Today.Whooo Hoooo!

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

If you like this cd then you're not PUNK.

waste_elite (August 10, 2002)

you don't need a good voice to sing in a punk band.

hell i prefer, the snotty, the slurred, the raspy, the raw, and the untutored singing style to the clear, layered, effects-laden vocals so prevelant today. if i want to listen to a pretty voice i'll turn on the pop station.

"you don't need talent just sing attitude"

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

Ehh, I think "Dude Ranch" is the best Blink album. As far as the other comments go: singing off-key does not make a song sound "punk". If by off-key you mean "raspy" or "whiney" sounding, that's different. Everybody says Fat Mike sings out of key, but if that's true why does NOFX have so many good harmony parts? In regards to Travis: Scott's a better PUNK drummer than Travis is. If you don't think they're punk, whatever, don't care. Don't listen to them anymore. But listen to the recorded version of "Dammit" VS a recent live version. Travis does HALF the number of beats on the hi-hat and ride that Scott does. When it comes to speed, Travis has got nothing. That's all I had to say. And before you give me any shit, I've been in a band for the past 2 years and am an avid music fan...I think I know what I'm talking about.
Later,
Ryan

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

If they re-recorded this it might be a pretty good CD. Blink is fun but you can't take them even the least bit seriously. That drum solo stunt on their recent tour was really sweet to see in person. I do agree that it is a ton of wasted talent, though.

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

Oh yeah, and everybody, please stop saying travis is such a badass drummer. Anybody who has ever heard a good drummer will just laugh at you. Travis has one good beat in him and the rest is just pathetic cymbol work. He can keep time, but if you're a musician and can't keep time, you've got problems. Anyway, this guy is not even as good as dave grohl. If you want to hear a good drumm (then compare), listen to danny carey. That is a drummer. Not in the conventional punk category, but he can play faster and better than any punk you've ever heard. But, in the punk genre, check out pennywise or nofx for great fast drumming. Preferably newer albums, since they've both gained a lot since their early days.

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

People are pretty quick to say that Blink has changed so much over the years. They haven't. In some respects, they have a few more love songs and slow songs in general, but they really don't sound that much different.

"was young and naive and totally into pop punk" .. Dude, don't call them punk again, I fucking swear, I want to kill people who seriously consider this punk in any respect. They deserve to die. Fast drum beats with slow melodies doesn't mean punk.

I'm not anti-blink. I've got all their songs on my computer, but don't give them more credit than they deserve. This is a decent album. I wouldn't say that it is too much better than Enema of the State. Its way better than the Jacket one, which is pitiful. It's best song is way better than Enema's, but over all its structure is sloppy. Its a bit easier to listen to without gettting pissed off. I can't really get passed the first 6 or 7 songs without wanting to change the CD though. Tom's voice is way to annoying and Mark sounds like a billion other singers, though melodic and easy to sing along with. Although, I think he would have Greg Graffin's children (if given the chance). I've seen them a couple times live. They put on a decent show. They're pretty funny, but funny music doesn't last long. It gets tiresome after only a few listens. Its like listening to adam sandler songs. How many times can you listen to them before you have to stop. Anyway, this is better than the newest one (with the exception of the mother's day song. That shit is funny.)

Anyway, please stop calling them punk. They're a rock band. Some would say pop-rock, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, even though they don't deserve it. Their intention is to be rich and famous and to have endorsements. There should be no doubts in that. Kids who think they're in it for the art have been led astray. They make more wearing hurley and atticus shirts then they make selling CDs. Why do millionaire musicians think they need day jobs making more millions? Greed. It's all greed.

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

hmm honestly, this cd isn't their best. but i do love touchdown boy and i remember getting hooked with this band when i saw them open for 7 seconds. it's amazing what travis can do to some of the old songs though. he makes the old ones sound so much better.

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

I am not saying this as a punk, but as a music fan in general- and either way Blink sucks. Sorry guys, I'm not doing this because it's the "cool" thing to do, they just really do suck, but not nearly as bad as NFG or some of the other radio friednly bands.

Anonymous (August 10, 2002)

Not absolutley terrible, but definitely still crappy musicianship.

JOE_MOMMA (August 9, 2002)

Ska is gay

JOE_MOMMA (August 9, 2002)

Blink 182 is the worst band since the ramones. Screw my ass and call me life with loopy

martin (August 9, 2002)

This is a pretty cool album but out of all the Blink albums enema is by far the worst best of crap they ever did.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

Jesus Christ,

You people are ridiculous. Chesire Cat was a great album for its time. It was very raw but showed talent. Punk kids make me laugh because when ever a band starts to make money and think outside the box, they become sellouts. The drummer on Chesire cat and Dude Ranch was terrible compared to Travis. Tom didn't know how to sing. Enema of the State and Take off your pants and Jacket our Blink's best albums, I don't give a rats ass if they were on the radio.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

Not to be too harsh, but when you were "young and naive"? Wasn't that 3 years ago?

-sickboi

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

If you bought this album after Dude Rand AND Buddha, wouldn't it be your third Blink 182 cd? I'm not gynecologist, but that's what my math skills tell me.

This album is o.k. However, if it wasn't a good cop out album for saying "Blink 182 used to be punk" it'd be written off as just another mediocre album. Some of the songs are good, but in the end it's just average.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

i loved this album as well, it was the second blink cd i bought, dude ranch was the first then buddha, but ive loved blink for years now and though this cd deserves a perfect score we cant all forget about Dude ranch, thats the cd that led me to bands like the ataris, the get up kids, saves the day, alkaline trio and so on. I owe everything ive ever learned about punk rock to blink 182, and most of you wont admit it now but you do too, with the acception of the whole early 90s green day thing. i live in alabama and theres no scene here at all, i went to see Hey Mercedes the other night and had a blast, but if it werent for blink a few years back, i wouldnt have heard of HM.
and ive always enjoyed all of the cool kids at shows who admit this as well. were all into the same thing and we all get along at shows here. whether your into emo, poppunk, or hardcore stuff...were all just one big punk family and blink 182 is our grand parents. blink is and always will be one of the most influential bands of the late 90s and early 00s !!!!

waste_elite (August 9, 2002)

the vocals aren't so rough as to make this album unlistenable. anyone who has a problem with a raw singing voice is into the wrong genre of music.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

I wrote the one below.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

i think the vocals are at their best here, actually. they're raw and occassionally off-key which gives it a punk edge.

No, it just makes it sound like shit, which is exactly what this album is: overrated bullshit.

waste_elite (August 9, 2002)

this is probably the best blink has ever done. "Carousel" and "M&M's" are two of their greatest songs. i think the vocals are at their best here, actually. they're raw and occassionally off-key which gives it a punk edge. i much rather prefer it over the sugary sweet, crystal clear vocals on the recent albums.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

where's joe mamma?

guitarer1c2 (August 9, 2002)

This album is pretty good but dare I say that I think Enema is much better. The production, songwriting, and singing are all very much improved (in my opinion). Sure, it's more radio-friendly but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. "Wasting Time" is probably the best song they ever wrote, though.

evildeadalive (August 9, 2002)

The only Blink album I actually still listen to. M&M's, Fentoozler, and Sometimes are my personal favourites. And Carousel too...

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

this cds awesome and since im the weird one ill say it I still think blink kicks ass and i like the new stuff just as much as the old stuff.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

Tom from blink said that warner bros owns 51% of epitaph.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

I used to love Enema of the state then I listened to this album and realized that this is much better and enema is shit.... How can anybody be so dumb. My god I mean ok so this album is much better than enema but if you liked something before how can hearing something so different make you think that thing that you previously enjoyed sucks. That has to be the biggest piece of shit I have ever heard. Other than the fact that this guy is a moron I liked the review. I think its wrong of people to hate blink 182 just because they are popular but I am not going to say its wrong for them to not like blink. Just dont say that you used to like something a lot but now you think it sucks because you found something better. Thats just kind of ignorant dont you think?-pat41

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

what about romeo and rebecca and Wasting Time and Touchdown Boy? those are 3 more great songs off the CD. this is a great CD.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

right on oldpunker

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

Blinks best, take this for what it is,pop punk... And as i see on this site,its still "cool" to bash blink. I think that its you guys that need to grow up not the other way around-oldpunker-

iowanick (August 9, 2002)

it's all about Ben Wah Balls.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

these ppl are as mature as 12 year olds..

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

this cd is bad, so is all of blink except for a few songs on dude ranch. This cd is horrible, the vocals suck, they reuse melodies. This one melody they have used in atleast 5 songs, in all there cds that is. The drummer they have on this cd sucks, travis is good, but scott sucks.

yea crap

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

I hate how all punk purists say this is the only good blink album, give it a rest. It's good classic stuff, but Blink has come a long way, and it shows, in musical maturation. Blink is just as punk now as they were then ( so what they are a little richer, maturer, and a little more experimental). Stand out tracks are Caroseul, M and M's, Wasting My Time, Depends, ben wah balls, etc....I give it a 10....
Mike
houston, AIM: Hbkdlonyr

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

worst vocally. best musically. their dirty humor was old before this album came out. If they quit all their 12 year old antics and focused like travis does........We would still be gleaming about these lads. A waste of talent. All because they cant shut up and play.

Anonymous (August 8, 2002)

I just think everyone thinks it's so "punk" to like a band's older stuff. the vocals are so terrible on this cd

maverick (August 8, 2002)

Their best album.

"M&M's" is one of the best pop punk songs of the past 15 years.

-Scott

Anonymous (August 8, 2002)

Their worst album.

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