A borderline offensive title and sugar-fuelled pop-punk hits – yup, it’s more of the same from Blink. It worked, though, and sold 350,000 copies in its first week alone.
There must have been huge pressure to follow Enema... with a carbon copy.
“We were just trying to write songs that were better than Enema... but we weren’t taking any leaps and bounds creatively. There was pressure, but not too much. I mean, we wrote songs about f**king pirates and dogs. I remember the label came down to hear the big follow-up and those were the only songs [bonus tracks F**k A Dog and When You F**ked Grandpa] we played them. Oh my God, they lost their minds. We had this song about f**king Hitler - we changed it to 'when you f**ked grandpa’, but it originally was, ‘When you f**ked Hitler did he tell you that he loved you?’ They lost it.”
Was this when you first began experimenting with your sound?
“From a guitar point of view, the biggest deals were all of the clean tones and using all of these different chorus pedals, flangers and delays – just really light, tasteful touches. But I didn’t really accept pedals in my heart until later. I was so slow. F**k! I was just into punk-rock. I thought we were cooler than every other band. I thought punk was way cooler and we knew something other people didn’t know. Now I look and think, ‘F**k, there was a lot I didn’t know!’”