Blink-182 have never been a band in danger of going down in history as purveyors of high-art. Not that the group ever had any such pretence about them, after all this is the group who gave us Family Reunion – a song composed almost entirely of expletives – and whose most successful album was titled Enema of the State. They were too clean-cut and polished for the punk-purists, and too crass and out there for polite society, which made them the perfect pop-punk poster boys. They mixed three-chord punk energy with catchy and quirky melodies, while deftly shifting the lyrics between the comical and the poignant.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 13th July 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.