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My building, overwhelming and, at times painful, anticipation of the new Blink-182 album

July 30, 2010

In 2005, my life came to a reeling, screeching, cold halt.  Early that year, Tom DeLonge, singer, guitarist and songwriter for Blink-182, announced that he was leaving the band, and that the group was going on an indefinite hiatus.

“What does that mean?” my 13-year-old mind thought. “But, I love Blink-182, they can’t, they can’t be … gone …”

I held on to hope, though. After all, my holy trinity hadn’t said they were terminating the band’s existance effectively. They said they were on an indefinite hiatus, whatever that meant … 

So I waited.

I languished through years of mourning. I’d hear Blink songs on the radio and, though I of course sang and danced along, there would be a part of me — a significant part of me — that only felt remorse.

There were so many things I had still wanted to do when Blink existed.

I had never seen them live. I’d never gotten their signatures. I’d never told them how much I loved them. It had been years since I bought one of their albums, primarily because I already owned them all and there were no new ones in the works.

It almost became painful to listen to the perfection that was their music because, underneath it all, all I could really think was, “They’re gone, they’re gone, they’re gone.” I had lost all hope of a reunion.

My boys ... before my world was shattered

Then, in 2009, my life suddenly found meaning again. The moment that sent hope and joy surging through my body happened as I watched the 51st Grammy Awards — and I didn’t even see it coming.

After a really crappy performance by some douche I don’t remember, I blinked incredulously as I saw Mark, Tom AND Travis take the stage together.

I thought, “GAH! Why are you doing this to me, Grammys? This hurts, seeing my boys all together and yet so far apart from each other. How could you torment me like this? WHYYY??”

I was in denial, so I couldn’t anticipate what was about to happen. The three of them started talking about Blink-182 and I wanted to rip my heart out and throw it at the screen. Did they know how much they were hurting me? Did they care? Did they enjoy playing kickball with my sanity? I wanted it to stop, but I loved them so much, I couldn’t look away.

And thank God I didn’t look away, because, then, it happened. Travis Barker said, “we used to play music together, and we decided we’re going to play music together again,” and then Mark quickly added, “Blink-182 is back!”

My heart stopped. Everything stopped. I was frozen. Nothing. Moved.

AND THEN EVERYTHING WAS IN FLUORESCENT COLORS! And the world spun faster than ever and I saw the sunshine and the light of the world and I ran and JUMPED and SCREAMED and CHEERED with the lightheaded euphoria of a person who’d just come out of a decade-long coma!

Here’s a video of the moment that rocked my world:

Ever since, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the trio to fulfill its promise of another album. I just recently discovered Mark and Travis’ Twitter accounts, and I have been scrutinizing those meticuously. And every time either one of them mentions Blink, my heart jumps.

Here are some of Mark’s recent Tweets:

1. “Blink-182 rehearsals. We bring the rock in the morning hours. We’re like a bank. Where’s my sub-prime mortgage?!”
2. “blink-182 full production rehearsals begin today! Yes, have some!”
3. “blink-182 rehearsals today. i’ll be the handsome gentleman on stage right, looking like he’s never even held a bass before.”
4. “blink-182 recording today. new album type stuff.”
5. “All blink-182’s are in the building!! Let the fun begin…”

And with every Tweet, my excitement mounts. My anticipation builds. My heart beats faster. I checked out the AVA website (the band Tom created when he left Blink), and almost went into anaphylactic shock when I saw this video. Go to the July 21 post by Tom, and then have your mind blown.

And, of course, I remember with overhwelming fondness the day Mark and Tom visited one of my favorite radio stations, KROQ, to talk about the album I so desperately need to hear. Here’s Part I and Part II of the interview.

And yes, there is always the question: what if this album lets me down? For years, I have listened to the utter perfection that is Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and thier self-titled album, Blink-182. Can this album really live up to those visions of musical mastery?

My answer: yes.

Why? Because, no matter what, this album will be a symbol that three of my favorite people on this planet are back together in harmony. Even if the music doesn’t live up to the greatness of Dumpweed or Aliens Exist or Anthem Part II, I’ll still be able to take solace in the fact that Mark and Tom are still best friends; that Travis is back playing drums with the band I love so dearly; that they’re all in one room making fart jokes; that they’ll be on tour insulting mothers far and wide.

And that is enough for me.

Tom says the album is coming out in 2011. Mark says he wants to rally the troops and get it out before the termination of 2010. Travis says … well, he doesn’t really say much. He just plays drums … really well.

Here’s what I have to say: I don’t care how you do it, Blink-182, I just want that damned album. Please. I miss you, Blink. Don’t leave me. Place your hand in mine, give me the album when you wanna.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2010 10:42 am

    An excellent post. There are damn few bands that justify such a passionate attachment anymore — but Blink 182 is one of them. I know what it’s like to wait many years — sometimes decades — for a favorite band’s reunion. The key to avoid disappointment is to expect evolution and change — and not presume that Blink’s old sound has been trapped in amber all these years. Good luck and good listening!

  2. Jesse Swedlund permalink
    August 3, 2010 10:54 pm

    FUCK YEAH!!! I AM SO PSYCHED!

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