The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)


MCA Records, 2000

REVIEW BY: Riley McDonald


Pushing my way through my stacks of CDs, I trip and fall, and stumble upon this mistake.

Shortly after Blink 182's wildly disappointing Enema of the State, they released this pathetic live album. Bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge hop around on stage whilst telling stupid sex/fart jokes and making general asses of themselves. Drummer Travis Barker is the only one not making a complete idiot out of himself, substituting his voice with pounding on the snare drum and cymbal.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The album is comprised mostly of Dude Ranch and Enema of the State material. And while this is to be expected, I hoped for at least one track off their unknown albums Flyswatter and Buddha.

I'll continue my flame rant later on; now for the incredibly small good news. The songs "Aliens Exist," "Going Away to College," and the only new track, a studio version of "Man Overboard," aren't half-bad. For once, Hoppus doesn't sound like a total whiny bitch, and the guitar is decent. The bass isn't there, but then again, I can't find it in any Blink song, so that doesn't really bother me.

Back to the bad news. The remainder of the album is either a) Stupid, boring, redundant angsty teen, lost-love, insert derogatory adjective here pseudo-punk, or b) 0:30 songs about blow jobs and curses. Item "b" doesn't so much bother me for the "vulgar" lyrical content (hell, I listen to Aborted), but just the fact that they decide to waste almost a half-hour with songs like these. Though the album technically ends at 20, there are dozens of "bonus" tracks, all basically the same length, and completely incoherent pieces of drivel, with some half-assed guitaring.

The only two things about this album that I can say don't totally piss me off are Travis Barker's drumming, which is pretty good, and the fact that they didn't make it a double album. I'm positive pre-teen kids trying to be "down" will eat this thing up. As for myself, just give me some Misfits. At least they're cool.

Rating: D-

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