Producer Jerry Finn, best known for being the mastermind behind blink-182’s three platinum records and a slew of other great punk releases, passed away five years ago today from a cerebral hemorrhage followed by a massive heart attack. You can spin works by Finn in remembrance below after the jump.
Music videos tend to matter less and less over time, but we all still have our go-to favorites. Whether it was on MTV, VH1, a band’s terrible 2003 website, or YouTube, music videos used to (and sometimes still do) entertain us to no end. We thought it’d be a great idea to do a new PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The Most Iconic Music Videos from our general scene over the past few decades. Check out our Discussion below and feel free to reblog with your favorite music videos!
blink-182 - What’s My Age Again, by Zack Zarrillo It doesn’t matter if you discovered the music video for “What’s My Age Again” at age 14 in 1999, 2003, 2008, or 2013. When you found it, you 1) were laughing 2) were singing along while laughing, and 3) were watching semi-naked dudes on your computer or TV screen while hoping your mom didn’t walk in.
4) You most likely fell musically and immaturely in love with blink-182.
The video is classic blink and set the band up for so much that happened in the rest of their immediate and future career, by nature of putting together all the pieces of the puzzle to create a video that (by today’s definition) would be the most viral music video on the internet.
Saves The Day - At Your Funeral, by Brittany Oblak This music video was released in 2001 and came out for the album Stay What You Are, when the band took on a much poppier direction. This music video got airtime on both MTV and MTV2, and it was also how I discovered the band. The video is shot in motion-control behind a young Chris Conley, showing what appears to be the life cycle of a family. The video’s directors were really into “Requiem for a Dream” at the time, hence them shooting it in this style, and it even features director Maureen Egan’s mom at the end. This video opened not only a lot of doors for the band, but helped increase their fan base as well. This song being the band’s biggest single and an iconic anthem for Saves the Day fans alike, this video is (appropriately so) just as memorable and admired as the song itself.
Sum 41 - Still Waiting, by Marc Gary Gray The hilarious introduction (thanks to a cameo by Will Sasso) to this video paints a perfect picture of the musical landscape in 2002. After enjoying a huge decade starting with Green Day’s Dookie in 1994 and culminating with blink-182’s Enema of the State in 1999, the momentum of the pop-punk movement had faded. In its place, garage rock bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes were sending popular rock music in a different direction. Enter Sum 41 and this song/video. They weren’t done with pop punk, and they were ready to prove it (and ready to poke fun at the nouveau chic). This is Sum 41 at their best: bratty, catchy, and fun as hell.
The Replacements - Bastards Of Young, by Jesse Richman The Replacements carved out a place in history as punk’s lovable losers, accidental geniuses who managed to cut themselves off at the knees each time success crept close, and nowhere is it more evident than here. After years of under-heralded brilliance, the ‘Mats signed a major label deal, gave the boot to talented-but-unreliable guitarist Bob Stinson, and churned out Tim, and album featuring nine of the most perfect songs ever complied on one disc (and two terrible ones, because that’s how the ‘Mats roll).
And yet, when it came time to make a music video for “Bastards Of Young”, a song that seemed sure to make the band stars, they handed the label…this. The greatest anti-video ever created. Three and a half minutes of a camera pointed at a stereo playing their song, while someone just out of view sits on the couch and has a smoke. That’s it. Wait through it all, and be rewarded with three seconds of catharsis at the end. It was a giant middle finger toward music video culture: there was no way MTV could have played it, and they basically didn’t. So much for success!
Of course, The Replacements are having the last laugh; they’ll be reuniting in a few months to headline all three of this year’s Riot Fests, atop lineups packed full of bands they inspired, including Against Me!, who have been known to whip out a killer live cover of “Bastards” from time to time.
Attack Attack! - Stick Stickly, by Donald Wagenblast The song itself doesn’t matter. The story thrown together for the video doesn’t matter. All anyone will ever remember about the “Stick Stickly” video, and frankly all that needs to be remembered about the video/song/band, is that it was the world’s introduction and horrible first impression of crabcore.
It’s the end of the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendations Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team recommend both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Set Your Goals - Only Right Now After a lackluster third full-length, this band released a pair of digital singles last year to nearly unanimous applause. Since then, I feel like people have forgotten about all those two songs, and in some cases, this band altogether. “Only Right Now” is a fun, upbeat pop-punk jam that should find its way on to any summer mixtape. Consider this a reminder to revisit it. - Brandon Allin (@allinbr) All Teeth – California Sons Real on that North Bay stuff. - Ali Carcache (@alicarcache) Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue Nothing says “summer” like Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” so it only makes sense that as the weather gets nicer this album goes into permanent rotation on my iPod. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz) Fireworks - You Weren’t Born With A Bag Of Sand In Your Hands One of my first shows was Fireworks and The Wonder Years in 2009. This band is one of the main reasons I’m in love with our scene. This song’s fantastic and I can’t wait to see how their upcoming album turns out! - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz) Northstar - The Pornographer’s Daughter When you need toshow everyone in traffic just how emo you are by singing along to some early 2000s anthem penned by dudes from Alabama. You know, for those times. - Marc Gray (@marcgarygray) Sum 41 - In Too Deep I was listening to Sum 41 the other day, while deeply saddened about the band all but falling apart, and it was magnificent. Whether it’s “In Too Deep,” “Over My Head,” or “Pieces,” Sum 41 had the ability to write great and catchy songs. “In Too Deep” was the first pop-punk song I ever heard, so lets jam that today. – Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Deryck Whibley has finally opened up about Stevo Jocz departure from Sum 41. While Whibley doesn’t go into extreme details, it does not seem like he sees the departure as a hindrance to the band’s future.
Evan Weiss just can’t get enough. Stay Ahead Of The Weather, who have more or less been quiet for a few years, are finally working on new music. This comes following Evan recording new music for Into It. Over It., Their/They’re/There, and Pet Symmetry.
Drummer Stevo Jocz has left Sum 41 after 17 years. The band has yet to release a statement of their own, but early rumors suggest the move was most likely made due to the band dropping off of their recent arena tour with Billy Talent.
Paramore took their first number one spot on the Billboard charts with 105,000 copies sold. What’s interesting is that the release of brand new eyes debuted in the second spot four years ago with 175,000 albums moved.
Rumors started to spread that Four Year Strong were breaking up, but PropertyOfZack spoke with Alan Day yesterday and confirmed that the rumors were not true. You can check out what he had to say about the band by clicking the link above.
Sum 41's Deryck Whibley has begun the early stages of writing for the band's next record, which they hope to complete this year. Check out a full article with Whibley here and a snippet of it below by clicking “Read More.”