Blink-182: A Retrospective

by Lil Nugget

The alternative rock band Blink-182 produced hit after hit during the 1990’s. They have sold over 13 million records in the United States, and over 50 million worldwide. Their music spans over two decades and don’t seem to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. Let’s take a look at the catalog and career of Blink-182.

The band formed in Poway, California in 1992 and consisted of three members: drummer Scott Raynor, bassist and singer Mark Hoppus, and guitarist and lead singer Tom DeLonge. The band played at local venues and various competitions to get notice. They recorded a trilogy of demo tapes to shop around the industry until the band was picked up Westbeach records.

The group released its debut album Cherish Cat in 1995. The album sold well for an independent alternative rock band and was backed by two singles, M+Ms and Wasting Time. The drummer, Scott Raynor left the group and was replaced by Travis Barker. In 1997 the group released their second album Dude Ranch. The album received moderate reviews and success, like their debut album, but is now hailed as a classic.

 In the year 1999 the group released their third album Enema of The State. The album was the first recording featuring Travis Barker as the drummer. The album was backed by three smash hit singles that played on constant radio rotation and heavy MTV circulation. The album received rave reviews and praise from critics.

Their fourth album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was released in 2001. The album was a success and received good reviews. It debuted at number one on the charts and was a commercial success.

Their fifth album was self titled and released in 2003. Like the past two albums, the record received position reviews and did well on the charts. The next album titled Neighborhood was released eight years later in 2011. During the time the band had split up and gotten back together.

The band’s final album up to the date of this writing is California released in 2016. The album was the first to feature a new guitarist and lead singer Mike Skiba, who replaced Tom DeLonge. The band is still touring off of the success of California. They are planning to start writing for their next album later this year in 2017.

Life Tips from a College Senior

By Lauren Risinger

I’ve spent 3 ½ years here at WKU (whoo for dual credit classes in high school), so I’ve had my fair share of learning experiences. Here are a few of the good ones that I tell to every incoming freshman (or sophomore or junior- if you don’t know these by now you really need to) if I get the chance.

  1. Don’t underestimate Parking and Transportation… Those guys are hawks.

One time I parked on campus at one of the meters and when I was walking back to my car, I saw a parking official WAITING by my car chomping at the bits to stick a big fat ticket on my windshield. It had about 2 minutes left on it. I proudly opened my door and watched him stomp back to his little patrol Gator. Like really? Do you have a quota to meet or something? So- don’t park somewhere you’re not supposed to unless you’re ready to pay the fine! They can be pretty pricy (I’ve paid for two), so just obey the parking map and you’ll be golden.

  1. Have an open mind.

College is a culture shock. You’re going to be exposed to so many new things and new people that it will make you step back and see how big the world really is and how little you are in comparison. Stay true to your roots, but be adventurous! Explore and learn things that people back home may never get the chance to experience. Jump out on a limb! Not literally. But get out of your comfort zone. It will give you the chance to really develop who you are as an individual.

  1. Fresh is going to get old, trust me.

“NO! But their pizza is soooooo good!” I know… I thought the same thing. Then you move off campus, start making your own food, discover more *cough- BETTER* places to eat, and realize that the cafeteria isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Plus- $8 to get in without a meal plan? Heck to the no.

  1. Stop hitting snooze and go to class.

Oh, your college buddy told you that they don’t take attendance in college so you could skip whenever you wanted without the principal calling your parents like in high school? Well, they’re partially right.  BUT- you’re paying to be here. You’re not paying over 8 grand a semester to catch Z’s, pal. I hate to break it to you, but you’re actually supposed to learn something in college in order to earn that piece of paper at graduation and make a living one day.

  1. Let your parents be parents.

Put yourself in their shoes: Your kid is moving to a new place on their own, is now responsible for how they spend their money, putting food in the tummies, and taking themselves places. They aren’t going to notify you or ask permission to leave their dorms to go somewhere. They don’t have you at their fingertips to protect them from life’s dangers. You have to trust them to make smart decisions.

Now with that said, I suggest you give your parents a big hug or a call if they aren’t on hand because if you don’t think they’re flipping out realizing all that, you’re totally wrong. So when they help you move in to your dorm or apartment, let them make awkward conversations with your roommate(s). Let them help decorate. Let them buy you dinner before they head back home with one less passenger. Never underestimate the value of a care package. Call them every once in a while to check in and tell them how classes are going or how your calves hurt so much from walking the Hill back and forth every day. This whole college things isn’t just new for you, it’s new for them too.

  1. Have fun.

You only get this experience for a few years. Cherish the friends you make, all the laughs, the spontaneous trips to Cookout, the homecoming football games, meeting new faces, the beautiful views from atop the Hill, student discounts, and the all-nighter study sessions (totally joking on that one). Enjoy it while you can, because senior year will be here before you know it.