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|In Response to LP (Thoughts on blink, FOB)
|I think this is the longest post I've seen from you, Jeff, so I'll make mine long as well.|
Oh yeah, I got that, but I just wanted to poke fun at ya.
Haha. The real reason I quoted three dots was just because you had multiple posts concerning TTTYG, so rather than finding each one and making a string of posts to go back to, I figured you would just understand that I knew where you stood and was trying to respond.
all the way through.
Haha, I wasn't trying to assure you guys that I wouldn't steal, but that I would get my hands on a copy and listen to it fairly soon. But I do buy all my albums as a general rule.
I'm a firm believer in buy what you like. It's why they've had shareware, demo, and trial versions of software for the last 20+ years. I'm honestly not worried about you purchasing the album...
1. Rest assured I have always, always planned on giving the album a chance, even if I was making some snarky comments...
...only concerned that you're:
1. Not giving it a chance.
2. Having misconceptions on a 12 song, 40-minute album based on a few second intro to its most-known single.
3. Thinking it's "good" just because people want it to be or are trying to be scene.
2. ...about one of their singles. It's true that I laughed off the beginning of the song, but that was just my first reaction. I have heard the rest of the song and really like it. And I did kind of mouth off to some guy because he seemed to take offense to my laughter for some reason (as if a FOB song is above humor). But the album is a big blank in my mind - I'm not drawing conclusions based on those few seconds.
3. Hah, I'm not a very scene kid, I think. I'm listening to a Brooks & Dunn (country duo) song right now. I try to listen to what my ears like, not what others tell me to like. But I do put stock in the recommendations of people I respect, such as yourself.
I promise I'll post all my thoughts in my journal upon first listen (and inform you), and I'll update my thoughts after subsequent listens.
Regardless of whether you purchase it or not, though, I'm glad you're gonna check it out for me. Let me know what you think after a couple listens all the way through.
Oh, and you weren't coming off like you thought I was wrong - not at all. And I'm flattered by this question. I don't think anyone's really asked me about my music history before. Like yourself, I could go on and on about blink, but I'll try to keep it brief.
What is blink-182 to you? I first heard them in 1997 when my friend played "Dude Ranch" for me (he also introduced me to the Dead Kennedys, Pennywise, and a slough of other bands over the course of just a couple days) and they were my favorite band for years after. I could go on about my feelings on the band and the way they fell apart, but I'm sincerely curious as to how you view the band, especially comparing them to how you think people feel about FOB now. Not saying you're wrong, I feel like I'm coming off like that, but I think I have similiar feelings that you do, so I want to know what you meant by that.
When I was about 13 and my older brother was driving us to school, 'What's My Age Again' came on the radio. I was hooked. I bought Enema of the State soon after (my first album) and listened to 'What's My Age Again' about 50-100 times before I overheard 'Dysentery Gary' and decided to explore the rest of the album. And of course, I played out the rest of the album (every night before bed I left it on repeat on Napster) a countless amount of times.
Skipping ahead I can now say that blink-182 is the reason that I'm really 'into' music, a part of this scene and posting on this message board. They were an integral part of my music evolution, and I love them for it.
I do get jealous when I hear of people who knew them before Enema of the State though, because it makes me feel... like a late fan or something. Like when Mark says on The Enema Strikes Back!, "This song is for anyone who knew us before Enema of the State," that kind of bums me out.
But anyway, to answer your question, blink was like a gateway drug for me (in the most positive sense of the phrase, lol). They pulled me in and I've never looked back. I believe Fall Out Boy has had that same effect on kids around the world, and I appreciate that. I don't consider them 'my' band though, because I was pulled in years ago by blink. blink-182 is my band, and always will be.
I don't know if that's what you asked for, but it was fun reliving old memories. Thanks, Jeff.
[I'm adding this to my journal now]
|Tags: blink 182, discussion, fall out boy, forum
|First Impressions: Fall Out Boy - Infinity on High
|I finally listened to this album for the first time.|
As much as I tried to fight it (not too much), I recently recognized From Under the Cork Tree as one of my favorite albums. It's just too solid to ignore. More than half of the songs on that album scream 'hit', and if I may be so blasphemous, it may be stronger than any album that blink-182 released.
With that being said, I was looking forward to Infinity on High. Judging by first listen, this isn't half the album that From Under the Cork Tree is. Even the song titles seem to be pushing it. This slump in quality is my disappointment for the day. That and not getting my living room cleaned.
|Tags: fall out boy, first impression, infinity on high