The ’90s were a strange time for many reasons, but one thing that will never be forgotten is its music. One of the most influential movements that began in that decade was punk pop, and one band stands above the rest in terms of its generational impact and bizarre behavior. Blink-182 has been back together for a few years, is gunning for a new album next year, and is rocking Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City on September 7th.
The Sound of a Generation
This unlikely trio from suburban Southern California had no idea that they would come to define the sound of an entire generation when they started making music back in 1992. It took a while, but by the late ’90s, the passion for Blink-182 had reached a fever pitch. It was high-energy, funny, brutally honest, and packed with the angst and alienation that filled the cultural attention of America’s youth. Millions of teenagers identified with these tattooed outsiders who admitted to lacking direction, getting wild, and making mistakes. They combined the rage and energy of punk bands from the 1980’s with the mainstream commercialism of pop music’s rising wave.
Their popularity could only be overshadowed by its influence on other bands and artists of the same genre. No other band of the 90’s and Noughts had the same impact, or spawned nearly as many similar bands that addressed the same issues with the same wild style. Although Blink-182 took a hiatus for about 4 years, their iconic sound was still carried on through many of the pop punk bands still popular today like Fall Out Boy, Maine, and All Time Low. Here is the legendary gods of pop punk playing one of their most famous songs, “All the Small Things” back in their heyday.
Far From Gone
Many genres of music have their time in the sun and then promptly fade away, but Blink-182 developed a powerful fan following and a genre built around them with fierce loyalty. After a 4-year hiatus, the band regrouped in 2009, released an album in 2011 and are planning another album in 2014. Their recent tours have all been wildly successful, and their songs both old and new still resonate with fans. They may have begun their campaign against the establishment more than 20 years ago, but their message still applies, and gives listeners something to think about. If you can get past their notoriously low-brow humor and alternative looks, behavior, and lifestyle guidelines, you just might learn something about your own generation, and find some answers to those questions that have been on your mind since high school.
Whether you call it alternative rock, skate punk, or anything in between, seeing Blink-182 is an unforgettable experience, so don’t miss Blink-182 at Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City on September 7th at 9pm. Get your tickets now, because this powerhouse trio has millions of devoted fans that fill up their venues year in and year out. Also, book your room at Revel to complete your Atlantic City getaway. If headbanging, tattooed rebels, and some high-energy punk anthems don’t sound like the ingredients for a perfect night, then check out the hilarious comedy of Jeffrey Ross at the Borgata Music Box on the same night!