blink-182's Untitled turns ten next week. To state the album’s significance to most blink fans and PropertyOfZack is difficult. The album itself is directly responsible for the creation of this website, and because of it, Zack Zarrillo has taken on an entire Decade piece to celebrate the anniversary of Untitled. Listen to the album, enjoy the read, and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Untitled ten years later below!
How Untitled holds up in 2013
blink-182 took a risk on their 2009 reunion amphitheater tour. There was no guarantee the band could fill up 15,000 capacity sheds on almost each of their 50 dates of shows. But there’s a reason that the band came back to the world in 2009 with more fans than when they left it in 2005. It’s because of Untitled and the lasting value the band’s best album has.
blink-182 has diehard fans from not one, not two, but three generations: those in the mid-‘90s who discovered Cheshire Cat and then Dude Ranch; those in the early-‘00s who fell in love with Enema Of The State and Take Off Your Pants And Jacket; and then those in the mid-to-late-‘00s who were too young to know blink-182 while they were a band, but only found them afterwards. You need fantastic albums to be able to grow like that when you’re away, and Untitled shows it best.
Most important song on Untitled
The most popular song on the album is “I Miss You.” In fact, it sold more singles than “All The Small Things” did, making it the band’s most popular song ever. But that’s too easy.
With almost everything blink-182 related, it depends. Are we talking about their most important song that represents what the band was from 1992 to 2003? Or are we talking about the most important song that represents 2003 through today?
The former criterion champions “Feeling This.” The song encapsulates everything that blink-182 is and does, and why they are the best at it. The back and forth vocals. The heavy sexualized lyrics. That fucking chorus. Those harmonies. That riff. Game over.
The latter criterion fits “Asthenia” best. The ambient-yet-still-punk breed that Untitled brewed is showcased best on this song. Tom’s vocals seem urgent, caring, and angry. The music gets absorbed through your body. The lasting product is telling. The song makes a great transition into Angels & Airwaves’ We Don’t Need To Whisper, and shows where the band was headed next if we would have gotten a new blink-182 album in 2006 or so, instead of in 2011.
Did blink-182 succeed in following up Untitled?
Depending on how you look at it, there are three follow-ups to Untitled.
1) We Don’t Need To Whisper
Most fans weren’t ready for this album. It was too close to blink’s break-up, Tom was too much of a drug addict, etc. But man, it was hard to disagree about the great moments We Don’t Need To Whisper touted if you were at all a fan of blink’s Untitled. Songs like “The War,” “Start The Machine,” and, of course, “The Adventure” seem undoubtedly like blink songs if you can imagine a Travis Barker drumbeat and Mark Hoppus harmonies over them. Seven years later, We Don’t Need To Whisper still marks a top three output from Tom DeLonge’s musical career, behind only Untitled and Box Car Racer.
2) When Your Heart Stops Beating
This is the best writing we will most likely ever see out of Mark. While Untitled was clearly more DeLonge-centric, +44’s first and only record was Mark’s first experiment at being the only frontman, unlike Tom, who first tried with Box Car Racer. To this day, you will notice people across different social networks popping up here or there with a “Fuck, When Your Heart Stops Beating only grows better with time” comment. And it’s true. The writing on “Baby Come On,” “Lillian,” “Weatherman,” “No It Isn’t,” and “Chapter 13” ranges from heartbreaking to aggressive to fulfilling.