In 1999, Blink-182 went stratospheric. Smash singles All The Small Things and What’s My Age Again helped Enema Of The State go on to sell more than 15 million copies, making Blink one of the biggest bands on the planet as the new millennium approached.
Was Enema Of The State another big jump?
“For Enema... we spent four months recording and we had [the late punk producer] Jerry Finn producing – we learned everything. We learned how to record, how to play good, he didn’t let anything pass. There still weren’t any computers really, so it was all to tape and you had to play it right. We really trusted him.”
How did Travis Barker joining the band effect your playing?
“It was like, ‘Now anything’s possible, we can play any kind of song.’ Mark and I instantly played better because we were keeping up with someone who played everything perfectly so we became a lot better at that time. We were nowhere near as good as Travis, but we got better.”