Now signed to MCA Records, Blink swapped some of the teen reckless abandon for pop hooks on Dude Ranch and spawned a genuine modern punk classic.
Do you think you’d begun to mature as a songwriter by Dude Ranch?
“Absolutely. That was the first record where we were beginning to get into mainstream, formulaic arrangements. We spent five weeks on that recording. That was a huge jump for us.”
Were you also finding your feet as a guitarist in terms of sound and tones?
“That was when we started getting into Marshall [JCM900] amps and the tones started going a little bigger and better. The only thing that was bad about that album was the jokes we made up on the inside of the album cover. I remember sitting at the Sombrero taco shop going, ‘F**k, we’ve got to finish off our album cover, let’s just write some jokes to these cowboy pictures.’ Why did we do that? We should have had better jokes for those pictures.”
And Dammit was a huge hit...
“That is one of the best songs we’ve ever written. Mark wrote that one. That’s probably the best song. It’s so timeless and represents our band because it’s about growing up, it’s perfect.”