TITLE: Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: #6 US, #6 UK
SINGLES: Top 20: Dammit (#11 Alternative), What’s My Age Again (#58 US, #2 Alternative, #17 UK), All the Small Things (#6 US, #1 Alternative, #2 UK), Adam’s Song (#101 US, #2 Alternative), Man Overboard (#117 US, #2 Alternative), The Rock Show (#71 US, #2 Alternative, #14 UK), First Date (#106 US, #6 Alternative, #31 UK), Feeling This (#102 US, #2 Alternative, #15 UK), Stay Together for the Kids (#116 US, #7 Alternative, #117 UK), I Miss You (#42 US, #1 Alternative, #8 UK), Down (#10 Alternative, #24 UK), Not Now (#18 Alternative, #30 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you knew more, you wouldn’t need a comp
LINEUP: Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker. Scott Raynor drummed on their first two albums and you can tell why they 86’d him.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Power pop punk was a hit making machine for a few years in the early 2000’s, but in retrospect were just a bit derivative and vapid.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: One notable thing about this collection is that it doesn’t ignore their two pre-hit albums. You hear right away the germination of their sound, and why they had to get rid of their original drummer.
But that sound, a power-pop crossed with punk hybrid with lyrics about early 20’s angst, was only good when they had hooky choruses that almost made you forget that some of the lyrics were hackneyed. As they grew more ambitious, and branched for a few chords and a hook, they got less interesting. When they stayed in their lane, it seemed like they were constrained and just repeated themselves. Their limitations boxed them in.
Yet it’s not without its charms. Blink-182 had a lot of charisma and fun in them and on occasion they satisfy. But over a long collection, their flaws become more apparent.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was released after their first breakup. Since rock never dies, they’ve been reunited a couple of times.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: This is one of two collections. The later stuff isn’t compiled, yet, and it doesn’t seem it would enhance anything. There are bonus UK and Japanese tracks for this, though.
GRADE B: A collection like this is probably your safest bet for the Blink-182 experience overall. Still, it feels like you’re hearing either the same song over and over, or a different band that doesn’t know how to vary from a sound.