Blink-182 Jam With Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell + Grimes on New Album

Blink-182’s upcoming album will be packed with features, according to drummer Travis Barker. In a new interview, Barker reveals the pop-punk giants are collaborating with hip-hop stars Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell Williams, along with experimental pop artist Grimes.

Blink-182 have never been a feature-heavy band, though they’ve collaborated with artists such as Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Yelawolf and Lil Wayne in the past. The California band’s ninth album may sound experimental at first, but Travis Barker assured fans that it’ll still sound like Blink.

“There’s like a song with Grimes right now that’s really, really cool that I love,” Barker tells Spotify’s Allison Hagendorf. “There’s a song with Uzi that’s really, really cool that we did with Pharrell.”

He continues, “I mean, it’s not like Blink’s making a rap song or anything. It’s like bringing Uzi over to our world. So it’s more of a punk kind of like reggae feeling song, I don’t think Blink will ever be anything but a pop-punk band. I mean, that’s who we are. And I feel like our fans have kind of journeyed with us when we’ve done songs like ‘Miss You’ or ballads like ‘Adam’s Song’. But, like, we’re never going to veer too far off from what we are – like, I’m like a punk kid at heart, you know what I mean? Whether it’s like pop-punk with Blink or whatever with [Machine Gun Kelly] or whatever with Trippie, that’s where my heart’s at. Like, I was raised on rap music and punk rock music. It’s kind of all I know…” [via NME]

Along with drumming on Machine Gun Kelly’s hugely successful pop-punk debut, Tickets to My Downfall, the prolific musician just recorded a full album with Trippie Redd, releasing the single “GERONIMO” featuring DeftonesChino Moreno last week.

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Naked Blink-182 Helped Ryan Reynolds Grow Up on TV Sitcom

Who says nobody likes you when you’re 23? Ryan Reynolds‘ character Berg turned out alright on the late ’90s sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, and it’s a naked Blink-182 that got him there.

Way before he donned his Deadpool tights and even a few years before he played the eternal college student Van Wilder, Reynolds caught his TV breakout role as Michael “Berg” Bergen, the wise cracking member of the three central characters in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. The show ran four seasons on ABC, but underwent a few changes along the way. In fact, a Blink-182 guest spot helped transition to a new phase in the show’s run.

While Blink-182, especially in 1999, were probably one of the last acts you’d think about when the idea of maturing came to mind, their naked presence played a big role in shifting the series away from its post college graduation roots and transitioning the central characters into adulthood.

In the second episode of the third season, Reynolds’ Berg, who had worked at and managed the titular college pizza place, made the conscious decision to go all in on his pursuit of being a doctor and make peace with giving up part of his youth to evolve in his more adult pursuits.

Making a guest appearance in the episode were Blink-182, fresh from their naked jaunt in the “What’s My Age Again” video and landing a gig at the pizza place to bring in some more money. The site of the naked band makes Berg realize his own age, feeling that it’s finally okay to move on from his youth and take the next step in his life. In the process, the “pizza place” was then removed from the show’s title, officially being renamed Two Guys and a Girl. You can revisit that pivotal scene in the show’s history below and pick up the series via Shout Factory.

The scene also references the nakedness being the band’s gimmick, but Blink-182 would also graduate to more serious adult themes, even within the same album cycle, by tackling the dark subject matter of teen suicide with “Adam’s Song.”

This TV treasure took place during promotion of Blink-182’s third album, Enema of the State. The band has since enjoyed a successful career as one of pop-punk’s most influential and beloved acts. They issued their Nine album in 2019 and the group is currently working on their tenth studio album.

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The 40 Best Rock Albums of 2001

What a year 2001 was for rock music! You had nu metal dominating the scene, pop-punk providing a solid representation and emo starting to take its place at the table. With this list, we reflect on the year that was with the 40 Best Rock Albums of 2001.

It was a year for breakouts. Who remembers when garage rock was supposed to be the next big thing? It’s not surprising given critically hailed breakout releases from The Strokes, White Stripes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was also a year in which labels rolled out a fresh new batch of nu metal upstarts. Adema, Alien Ant Farm and Puddle of Mudd all made an impression.

Staind took a giant leap forward to become one of the biggest acts of 2001. Incubus channeled their surf surroundings for a gem of a record and Nickelback was inescapable with the most played song of the decade.

Join us as we take a look back at the 40 Best Rock Albums of 2001 in the gallery below:

40 Best Rock Albums of 2001

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Tom Brady Celebrates Super Bowl Win With Blink-182 + P.O.D. Songs

Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday (Feb. 7), and the NFL player relished in the victory on his Instagram Story by sharing blink-182 and P.O.D. songs along with imagery from the big game.

Specifically, Brady celebrated with blink-182’s playful “What’s My Age Again?” (the quarterback is currently 43, an extremely atypical age for an NFL player) and P.O.D.’s energetic “Boom” the day after the quarterback’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers bested the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV.

But those aren’t the only bangers Brady shared on Instagram.

See screenshots of Tom’s tunes, plus a screen recording of his whole musical Instagram Story, down toward the bottom of this post.

Brady used the 1999 blink-182 number to accompany a shot of him on the field, extending his right arm in the air in triumph. He overlaid the ‘index finger pointing up’ emoji on his hand in the photo to signify the Bucs’ win and proclaim that he’s number one at the age of 43. That’s no false boast since Brady got the Super Bowl MVP distinction on Sunday — his record 5th time attaining the honor.

The P.O.D. song was employed by Brady to illustrate the Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes getting tackled. It followed a photo of another crushing tackle that the MVP said “does not look comfortable” in an overlaid text remark. For the image alongside “Boom,” Brady said, “Neither does this… [Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh]’s arms are the size of a toddler,” followed by a ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji.

In other Instagram slides surrounding those two songs, Brady used mostly hip-hop to gloat about his win, including T.I.’s “Bring Em Out,” 50 Cent’s “Straight to the Bank,” Joyner Lucas’ “Revenge,” Wale’s “Slight Work,” AB’s (teammate and wide receiver Antonio Brown) “Whole Lotta Money,” Nelly’s “Country Grammar,” The Game’s “Hate It or Love It,” Young Money’s “Trophies” and 50 Cent’s “Many Men (Wish Death).”

It just goes to show that Brady is still perfectly comfortable being football’s top brass, even after 10 total appearances in the Super Bowl.

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Watch: Pop-Punk Album Covers Come to Life in Animated Fan Video

Pop-punk has come a long way since 1995. To illustrate its progression, one inventive fan has created an animated video that brings to life a selection of pop-punk album covers from the past 25 years. The clip’s only three minutes long, but it truly has to be seen to be believed.

The stunning video is the achievement of YouTube’s Animagu, a visual artist who’s crafted lyric videos and other animations for the last several years. Last month, Animagu shared the animated pop-punk run-down that starts with MxPx’s Teenage Politics (1995) and ends with Machine Gun Kelly’s Tickets to My Downfall (2020). In between, it hits highlights most any pop-punk fan would expect.

Watch the “Animated Pop-Punk Album Covers” chronicle down toward the bottom of this post.

“Ever wondered how pop-punk album covers would look animated?” the video creator asks. “And how has the genre evolved in the last 25 years? I took some of my favorite albums, brought them to life, and included them in this ‘Pop-Punk Evolution,’ featuring animated album covers by blink-182, Yellowcard, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Waterparks, Machine Gun Kelly and more.”

Animagu’s the creative alter ego of Agustin Esquibel, a freelance motion designer and video editor based in Uruguay. He’s actually worked with many major artists on animated artwork projects.

“Why stick to a static album cover when you can bring it to life?” Esquibel says when describing his forays into animated album art. “That’s what was keeping me up at night. So I decided to animate them. What started as a personal project ended up with the opportunity to work with Foo Fighters, Descendents, Beck, Bob Marley, Every Time I Die and many more.”

For more info on Agustin Esquibel and Animagu, and to see the creator’s other animations, check out his website. He’s available to design bespoke animations for up-and-coming bands.

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25 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2011

The rock world was still finding fresh footing at the top of the 21st century’s second decade. The year 2011 provided some quality records, but in most cases the veteran acts were adding solid selections to their established catalogs rather than turning in their best works.

That said, Foo Fighters gave us arguably their best record since the ’90s with Wasting Light and bands such as Seether, Five Finger Death Punch and Rise Against continued to churn out high quality rock radio gems. The Black Keys showed they were no one-album wonder and prolific rockers Korn decided to shake things up by taking their sound into a new area.

The year also saw the emergence of Black Veil Brides, the returns of Bush and Blink-182 and so much more. Join us as we reflect on the best rock albums of 2011 in the gallery below. And to see the best metal albums of 2011, head here.

25 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2011

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