Greatest Hitsby blink-182
First rule of greatest-hits albums: start things off with a bang, not a song that takes about a minute to get off the ground, and about 80 seconds before the vocals kick in. "Carousel" may be a chronologically accurate way to begin blink-182's Greatest Hits, yet it gets things off to a slow start -- but then again, blink-182 hardly/i>/a>… See more details below
First rule of greatest-hits albums: start things off with a bang, not a song that takes about a minute to get off the ground, and about 80 seconds before the vocals kick in. "Carousel" may be a chronologically accurate way to begin blink-182's Greatest Hits, yet it gets things off to a slow start -- but then again, blink-182 hardly sped out of the gate themselves. It took them a long time to get up to speed -- it wasn't until their third album, 1997's Dude Ranch, that they developed a flair for sugary pop hooks, as evidenced by that album's "Dammit," not just their first big hit, but their first memorable song. It was enough to buy them a ticket to the big leagues and their next album, 1999's Enema of the State, turned into a blockbuster, thanks to the crossover Top Ten hit "All the Small Things," an incessantly catchy, irresistible slice of bubblegum-pop that sounded at ease sandwiched between *NSYNC and Britney Spears on Y2K radio. This, as Greatest Hits proves, was both blink-182's blessing and curse: they had the ability to turn out some great pop singles, but when they missed the mark, they sounded lightweight and disposable. This wasn't just true of their defiantly stupid party songs, of which there were many; even such brooding, angst-ridden teenage melodramas as "Adam's Song" seem a little lightweight and transient. Of course, the band was helped neither by its crystal-clear, super-slick production -- which was the antithesis of punk -- or by the thin, whiny edge of vocalists Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge -- which tended to make even serious themes seem like frivolous adolescent concerns. Over the long run, these two factors tend to undercut whatever snotty charms blink-182 may have had, particularly because their writing tended to be hit or miss, to the extent that even this Greatest Hits is uneven. It may have all their best songs -- "Dammit" and "All the Small Things" in particular, plus "Josie," "What's My Age Again?," "The Rock Show," and "Stay Together for the Kids" -- but at 17 songs, including the previously unreleased "Not Now" and a cover of the Only Ones' "Another Girl Another Planet" taken from the MTV reality series starring drummer Travis Barker and his Playmate wife, this runs a little long. It may have all their charting singles, but its generous length tends to highlight blink-182's weaknesses instead of their strengths. That said, the group did set the standard for pop-punk's commercialization at the turn of the millennium, and not only were they better than the sound-alikes that followed, they did have some good tunes, all of which are best heard on this intermittently entertaining collection.
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- Geffen Records
Performance Creditsblink-182 Primary Artist
Tom DeLonge Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mark Hoppus Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Scott "Mad Dog" Raynor Drums
Travis Barker Drums,Group Member
Roger Joseph Manning Keyboards
Technical CreditsIrving Azoff Management
Peter Perrett Composer
Jerry Finn Producer
Mark Trombino Producer
Eric Hellman Management
Jared Paul Management
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the tracks on the greatest hits looks good but it's missing one song........anthem part two, they have every single on there except that one. I don't see why. Anyways I will be waiting to here the live version of man overboard and the two unreleased tracks. (even though not now is on atticus 3).
It was amazing they stared playing in a garage when they were young and now there name is known everywhere. This was the best CD. It has all best song but they are missing a few anthem part two, Stockholm syndrome, and Going away to college. I've been a blink 182 fan since they put of that tape called flyswatter they came a long way but the rides over for blink 182.
Yes, This is it, all the hits on one cd, all the lame riffs, all the girly vocals, all the, uglyness. Dig it.
My top fice favorite songs are: 1. Feeling This 2. Stay Together for the Kids 3. I Miss You 4. What's My Age Again? 5. The Rock Show