ARTIST: Blink 182
TITLE: Cheshire Cat
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: #187 UK
SINGLES: M+M’s, Wasting Time
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you wrote the Blink 182 Wikipedia pages, yes.
LINEUP: Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, Scott Raynor
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: San Diego punks embrace poppier motifs and run it into the ground.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Blink-182’s fan base in San Diego and related areas were large enough to get some demos released and distributed, and Cargo Records signed them. They wrote some newer tracks and reworked some and released this onto the public.
While this was a few years before they hit the mainstream big-time, the elements were all here. Punk sounds with poppy melodies, and in many cases, puerile and ‘humorous’ lyrics. At times, the tempo is a bit too fast to squeeze in all of the words without rushing over them. The tracks also, after a while, don’t sound unique at all – fast tempo, kinda spoken words about some injustice for teenagers or other, similar chords.
The lyrics wreck a few songs for me – they definitely sound ‘bro’ and firmly rooted in freshman high school boys’ mentality. I exiled a lot of those.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The Wikipedia sites for the Blink-182 albums and demos are larger and more detailed than almost every other album Wiki site, and the prose is definitely more fawning over the band, especially for a record that has a lot of puerile throwaways.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: Oh, sure, there are some decent pop-punk songs, but man there are some ‘funny’ lyrics that should make anyone over 15 squirm. Plus, the songs all begin to sound alike.