Everyone remembers Blink 182, that pop-punk trio who made waves with hits like "All the Small Things" and "Feeling You." The time of Blink 182 was the time of innocence, the time of chasing girls, and the time when you could act like the teenagers you were appealing to. That, according to ex-frontman Tom Delonge, is all "bullsh*t."
It has now been close to two years since the relatively mysterious breakup of Blink 182 and a lot has occurred since. (Check out Hoppus' interpretation of the events.) Drummer Travis Barker had a minor fling with The Transplants before forming Plus 44 — or (+44) — with Mark Hoppus, and they are set to release their debut album. Former co-frontman Tom Delonge, on the other hand, has gone on to form a U2-influenced rock supergroup, Angels and Airwaves. Everyone who has been following the continuing melodrama that is the breakup of Blink would know over the past year or so, Delonge has become somewhat egocentric.
His latest example of this was at a recent concert, in which he lashed out against his former band, a stir that was filmed by an audience member, and subsequently uploaded to Youtube. Halfway through an Angels and Airwaves song, Delonge ripped into a rant about his hatred for "bullsh*t pop bands and their bullsh*t pop songs" or, in full: "I do not want to be in a bullshit pop band with some bullshit pop songs while you drive your fucking bullshit car and sing along to it like you're some 14-year old girl."
In writing, the effect seems to be lessened somewhat. The video puts it better:
Of course, on the one hand, these comments can be taken simply as referring to the vast array of pop-punk bands now sprouting up everywhere, rather than Blink 182. According to a friend of mine, the setlist performed by Angels and Airwaves during their recent Sydney tour included a minor reference to older Blink material, and would suggest Delonge didn't mean his own band. Unfortunately, Delonge's recent egocentric antics could lead anyone to believe that, perhaps, while he has a deep hatred for his former band, he remains in love with his own material; it's been done before.
The truth? That will probably come six months down the track in a Myspace comment of some sort.