Yup, They’re Still Singing about Naked Dudes: A Review of Blink 182’s 'California'

Yup, They’re Still Singing about Naked Dudes: A Review of Blink 182’s 'California'

Almost a year after the release of "California," it's worth taking another look at Blink's 7th album.
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Pop Punk kids everywhere can rejoice, Blink is back.

While Tom DeLonge is off chasing UFOs, Blink-182’s remaining members are solidly rooted in California — and thriving there. The band’s 7th studio album "California," the first album with new singer Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, brings together all the nostalgic, classic Blink bullshit with a newly-founded and fresh maturity in their homage to the state.

Next year the band will be turning 23 - and we all know what that means. But if this album is any indication of their future, we’ll probably still love them.

While DeLonge’s prankster-dweeb addition to the band might be missed by some, "California" is the band’s most successful album since 2003’s "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket" and 1999’s "Enema of the State." In no small feat, Blink is recapturing the gold standard sound that has become embedded in the cultural consciousness of 90s kids.

Unable to wait for a summer at the Warped Tour, "California" manages to capture a summery coming-of-age thread throughout, which reads uncannily genuine and effective for the now 40-somethings. As the first single “Bored to Death” exclaims, “it’s a long way back from 17” but if you listen carefully, they never truly left. Next to iconic garage punk energy, you’ll also hear a recycled guitar intro from “Adam’s Song” and a “Stay Together for the Kids” chorus — but hold the tissues, they’ve managed to turn the heartbreaking melodic tunes into an upbeat anthem.

The album’s opening “Cynical” is an admission of nerves (there’s a cynical feeling saying I should give up/you’ve said everything you’ll ever say), a keen bit of reverse psychology as they rev up the edgy sighs to the thrashing power that never entirely leaves the album; although "California" is far from one note. It quite comfortably sprawls out from wound-licking ballads like “Home Is Such a Lonely Place,” an honest look into the emotional turmoil leaving family to go on tour takes on the band, to shiny new-energy tunes, most successfully “No Future” and “Rabbit Hole.”

As for the songs referencing the album’s title "California": they’re not misses, but they’re not necessarily the biggest hits on the album either.

An ode to “San Diego” their hometown, rings fatalist as a swift chanty about an idyllic, surely impossible return- although who doesn’t dream of crashing Cure concerts? “Los Angeles” is moody, goth-tinged alt-rock. It’s catchy as all hell and a truly great song even if it is slightly forgettable outside of Travis Barker’s break-through, bar-none drum solos. The album’s namesake “California” is a shockingly calm and cliché picturesque encapsulation of the sunny, surfer state itself with some lyrically dark twists that require a bit of work from the listener “Hey here’s to you California/Beautiful haze of suburbia/living in the perfect weather/spending time inside together/hey here’s to you California.”

But just because they’ve infused a selective maturity and gone in slightly different directions with certain songs does not by any means mean that they’re done with the days they ran naked through So Cal streets and called it art. “She’s Out Of Her Mind”, the third single from the album, is a female “What’s My Age Again” with a partnering all-female music video remake of the iconic nude shoot. The steady and rather simplistic drum beat give way for the lyrics “I’m in deep with this girl but she’s out of her mind/she said babe I’m sorry but I’m crazy tonight” to shine. The song is an anthem of girls at the rock show and promises to stay stuck in your head for days on end.

The gleeful heyday of purely, intriguingly stupid pop humor is wrapped up in “Built this Pool”- a 16 second song dropped in the middle of the album whose only lyrics are “Woo woo/I wanna see some naked dudes/That’s why I built this pooo-ooo-oool/Wait, is that really it?” The song is addictive and never fails to be funny, even after dedicating literal minutes of wasted time listening to it. It’s a hidden gem among an otherwise well-developed album.

And if you thought they’d end on any note less than the porn-addled “Brohemian Rhapsody” well, welcome to Blink-182… you’re in for a shock. The final track of the album isn’t a reference to the classic Queen song but a 30-second build-up of hectic instrumentals and one singular sharp lyric I’ll let you find for yourself.

Despite the antics, you’d be hard-pressed to find more talent elsewhere. Hoppus has stepped up, taking lead on vocals in a majority of the songs seamlessly while balancing his bass lines with precise whimsy and Barker unarguably remains one of the best drummers in the music industry. The new addition of Skiba cops some lead vocal duties off Hoppus, complementing him brilliantly without attempting to copy the irreverence of DeLonge. All in all, this band knows how to make damn good music.

After more than two decades, Blink 182 still has a deeply rooted connection to the kids they once were and those they’ve always made music for. The album stands as a full reverence for where they’ve been and where they’re going, letting long-time listeners return to the emotional home found uniquely in Blink music.

To pull from their “Kings of the Weekend”: thank god for punk rock bands.

Cover Image Credit: D*Face and BMG label

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

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    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

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    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

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    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

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    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

    1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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    Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

    2. Fortune tellers.

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    Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

    3.Bunnicula

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    You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

    4. Silly bands.

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    You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

    5. Parachutes.

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    The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

    6. Putty Erasers

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    You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

    7. iPod shuffle.

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    The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

    8. "Education Connection"

    You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

    9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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    The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

    10. Dance Dance Revolution

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    This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

    11. Tamagotchi

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    Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

    12. Gym Scooters

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    You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

    13. Scholastic book fairs

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    Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

    14.Go-Gurt

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    15. Slap Bracelets

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