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  1. Who's excited to see THIS movie?! I got bored so I sat down for a few hours and made this poster. The idea was @_Kyle_'s and I thought it was funny so I ran with it. If this isn't worthy of it's own thread, go ahead and merge this with the GD or move it to wherever is appropriate. I didn't actually expect this to turn out cool. Haha. -------------------------------------------------- EDIT: New version that I like more:
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  2. I don't even have an explanation for why I made this other than that I was super bored. There. It's super pointless but if anybody is going to enjoy it, it might be some of you guys. Someone help me be more productive with more important things pls. EDIT: Also this audio clip of every time blink says "home" because why the hell not: RIGHT HERE.
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  3. This is how I imagine blink in the studio with Feldman. -Mark one day just tunes his guitar then strums his guitar once, letting it ring out. Feldman walks into the room, after hearing the noise- Feldman: What's that? Mark: Oh! I was just tunin- Feldman: Record it. (Interrupting Mark) Mark: What? Feldman: Record it! NOW! Go! Strum! Mark: Erm, ok. -After Mark records this random part, Feldman calls Mark back into the room- Feldman: Wow! That was great! We'll just get Travis to do his thing. He's the best drummer in the world. He rocks. Skiba: I actually have some cool guitar part that could go somewhere after. Feldman: Err.. yeah.. -Travis drives up to the studio one day, and does his cool shit- Feldman: Wow! That sounds great! You rock, Travis! Skiba: So about that idea I had, should I record it now? Feldman: Er.. you know what I think? I really think you guys could do with a woah here instead. Skiba: Oh! Maybe on another song then? Feldman: Yeah.. -Whilst stuck on another song, blink and Feldy are just sat in the studio- Skiba: Well, what would Tom do? Obviously I can't try copy him. Feldman: (Turning to Mark) Did you just say Tom? Mark: No, Matt aske- Feldman: Write a song. Mark: What? Feldman: Write a song about Tom. Mark: What? Now? Feldman: Yes! Now! GO! GO! -Picking up a notepad and a pen, handing it off to Mark and pushing him into an empty room, shutting the door to leave Mark alone- -5 minutes later- Feldman: Have you finished? Mark: No. I haven't even got past the first line. I haven't even thought of a melody. Feldman: Just think of Tom and write down the first things you think of! Mark: Ok. -2 minutes later- Feldman: Have you done yet? Mark: Stuck on the chorus. Feldman: Oh, never mind, we'll just stick a woah in there. Mark: No. I've thought of something. Feldman: Oh, cool! -As Mark is writing down his lyrics, Skiba walks up to Feldman- Skiba: So about that guitar idea I had.. Feldman: What..? Skiba: I've thought of an idea for a bridge. Feldman: Is it a woah? Skiba: No, but it- Feldman: Add a woah. That'll make the song. Skiba: Oh! Ok. -One week later, more songs have been written, the band is once again stuck on their latest idea- Mark: I think we have enough songs. We don't need to add another. Feldman: No. Something is missing. It can be a great song. Skiba: Just stick a woah in there.. (sarcastically) -Feldman's eyes open up- Feldman: Wow! That's one of the best ideas you've come up with so far! Skiba: Really? Feldman: Yep! We're done for today. We'll record this tomorrow morning then we've finished tracking. Skiba: Oh. Sweet. Obviously, I'm exaggerating. I don't believe it went anything like this.
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  4. i've posted here before i write/maintain the blink wikipedia pages and i found a cool site with photos of mark/engineers in the studio recording the untitled album. i emailed the company and got in touch with the original photographer, who let me use high-res versions on wiki. i talked to him on the phone, he told me about the day he took photos. he said mark was the nicest guy. he had a photo of mark flipping off the camera but didn't feel that appropriate to post on their site lol. thought it was cool!
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  5. I guess it all depends on who Feldmann decides to include in Marks speech when he writes it for him.
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  6. my, somehow we're off on the hyperbole express here... i think an intelligent statement would be: being a popular and successful musician depends on many co-mingling factors. it is a complex, nonlinear system that is in many ways totally unpredictable. and yet there are defining probabilities. we could attempt to list these factors: - talent as a songwriter - talent as a performer - luck (i.e. being the right thing in the right place at the right time) - professional assistance (management, label, etc) - marketing - physical appearance - Q factor (if you haven't hear this term, look it up) for any given artist, the gradient of these co-mingling factors will be somewhat unique. an artist may have more talent as a songwriter (sometimes this happens when the artist's works are covered to greater acclaim by other artists). they might owe their success to their amazing stage show and live performance persona. they might simply be very media / promotion savvy. they may have been the wrong act at the right time. or the right act at the wrong time. they might be dead sexy and able to sing the words of their producer convincingly. they might draw a sizable audience due to sheer technical virtuosity. they might have a career that crosses generational lines, leading to an unexpected longevity. to generalize is to run the risk of overstating the case in one way or another.
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  7. Heaviest blink song is Just About Done. No contest really
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  8. Hey Oliver- I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I looked into Weezer's white album...Weezer used 14 different co-writers on the album. 7 out of 10 songs were written by Rivers with the help of other writers not in the band. Some of these writers include a member of All American Rejects, the lead singer of the 90s band SemiSonic (who also has written songs for Adele!), and a DJ from England, just to name a few. So, what are your thoughts on this? Should I expect a hit and run one liner?
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  9. People complained about his singing, his guitar playing, his hair and becoming fat. Now they complain about his guitar tone. Having Matt in the band really hasn't changed things much.
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  11. You're right, not sexy enough. No need to thank me, you're welcome.
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  12. If I saw them walking down the street and didn't know who they were; I'd be like, middle aged gay couple. 100% certain of that. Not that there is anything wrong with it at all. I am just saying; thats what I'd think.
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  13. Oh bitch, you poked the bear. It's got nothing to do with 'feminism' or 'female solidarity' I would stick up for any male member of the board who had someone needlessly attacking them with a petty vendetta, its a forum for godsake - the last thing that should matter is gender, or personal looks. but so far that seems like all you're interested in - the fact that we're women, or the fact that helen is attractive - for someone so keen on long winded diatribes about insignificant matters, you do seem oddly fixated on superficial aspects of human interaction. Here's the simplest deal, mate - Don't be a dick and people won't dick on you back. simple as.
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  14. So before you guys were pissed that they were "rushing" songs without quality control, now you're bitching that they're delaying like the old Blink? Pick a complaint and stick with it.
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  15. I hate the whole thing of adapt of quit following the band. Blink are the biggest musical influence that I have had in my life, they shaped me musically/made me want to learn an instrument/influenced the bands I was in growing up etc...I don't see why I should have to stop following them because I think their new album is average and their producer is a douche? that's like me stopping supporting my football team because they're currently playing shite and have got a new manager I don't like. I'm not going to go at it on a daily basis in the pro or negative California arguments (simply cannot be arsed) but the idea that someone should stop following their favourite band or posting here because they dislike their latest album is dumb. I do completely get that the same arguments need to stop being had on a daily basis though...
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  16. I completely get what Oliver is saying, and as I've said before I don't necessary blame Feldmann for everything, but I think a lot of it had to do with how he "pushed" the guys to pop out shit as quickly as possible. Feldmann knows what works for radio, and knows the formula for "popular" songs, which is basically just a super catchy chorus, and a decent bridge. Throw whatever lyrics you want in between, no one cares about them. There's a big difference between just enjoying a "catchy" song, and connecting deeply with the raw emotion/meaning of the song. I like California, it's fun and catchy, but very few of the songs feel "honest" to me. (Other than HISALP which I cried mowing the fucking lawn listening to that). I want true honest feelings, songs that just come out of the artist, not ones that are forced. And it just seems that California was a bit forced, or "manufactured" which cheapens the overall product for those of us who have such a great connection to Blink songs in the past. To most people this doesn't matter, but to some I can totally understand where they're coming from. Most of the lyrics just do not connect with me, and I think it's because they were forced out, and then told that they were just fine and on to the next one. It's why lyrically Neighborhoods/D.E.D. are so much better to me, and I can connect with them so much more. It's because they were writing what they felt, and what we got was authentic IMHO. I mean stuff like this just fucking hits me, I can feel it: "When I was young The world it was smaller The cities were vast The buildings were taller I felt really strong My parents seem stronger" Or: "Everyone falls and spins and gets up again with a friend who does the same. Everyone lies and cheats their wants and needs and still believes their heart." And even Matt Skiba's lyrics from a recent release: "You're in my heart You're in my skull You're in my blood You're in my bones" That is some deep shit, derived from actual emotions spilled out on to pen and paper. And I guess when I listen to California I just don't get the vibe that much of it is super personal raw emotional deep shit.
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  17. "Weezer deserves it because they don't use cowriters!!!" *finds out Weezer uses cowriters* "Yeah well at least they use more than one!!!"
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  18. LOL even if you enjoy the album you can't listen to it now that you found out they had co-writers? LOL that's great,
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  19. When my girlfriend wants the cat to get down from somewhere she goes "eh eh eh!" Then I go "antisocial!"
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  20. Oh gosh, especially Urethra Chronicles 2 where they literally spent the last five minutes of the DVD talking about how they would be best friends forever. Sad to watch now.
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  22. Mark loves Feldmann because he has zero confidence in his songwriting ability and Feldmann bucked him up and gave him ideas - ideas Mark decided were better than his own. Literally "There's a cynical feeling saying I should give up, You've said everything you'll ever say" is the first line of the album, which is the best and also most natural seeming song on the album, and if anything is the reason the album ended up the way it did. - Mark thinks he's lost it.
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  23. i don't think you got the gist of what i was saying. i'm not saying there were better bands in the scene that didn't want to be successful. i'm saying blink was one band among many who were objectively more talented, more interesting, and more prolific. they got lucky with good management, good looks, and, as champ pointed out above, a winning stage act, personality-wise. a pop band, just like a hollywood actor, has to be attractive to make it to the TRL level. you can't be in a band and look like el hefe and fat mike and get there, no matter how poppy the music is. blink absolutely marketed and traded in sex appeal (and still does, to a degree). look at the video for what's my age again. you can't look like milo and bill stevenson and pull that off. a band like bad religion or the descendents, although objectively more talented, more interesting, and more prolific, doesn't have the right 'look' (either in terms of appearance, age, songwriting subject matter, or stage act) to be a top 40 TRL band. blink did. a band like the descendents didn't "choose" to not be that band. they weren't even in the running. blink indeed had something many bands didn't have. but talent and musicianship are only one part of a much more complex equation in terms of what comprises a TRL-level band.
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  24. Going through old phone pix and found some from the 2013 Untitled shows in L.A. I've only been on the West Coast for 3 days total, and it was to fly out to Cali and see those 2 shows, then fly right back. I remember during soundcheck people were requesting songs and Mark said "We're not monkeys, we actually need to practice some of these." I thought he was joking, but in hindsight he was probably telling the truth. On the 2nd night's soundcheck, I remember Tom saying they were going to record an album that next year, and let the fans create the album cover. Mark sorta looked at him surprised and said "Oh really?" as if he was shocked. Again in hindsight, these were signs of how little they were around each other. I keep trying to upload these to the site but get an error, hopefully these links work:
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  25. I wish travis would stop getting his tattoo friends to design the artwork.
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  26. Was going to say the same thing. Looks like we have a fourth member imo. Wtf has happened to my fave band?
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  27. I just found out that Cage The Elephant are from Bowling Green, Kentucky. I hope they didn't lose any friends or family members in the Bowling Green massacre.
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  28. Damn blink has two signs and basically a whole row? Must be bringing all the album writers.
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  29. Marks bridge on Bored To Death is classic blink. One of the best moments on the album in my opinion.
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  30. I was listening to HISALP the other day, and it really made me wonder. Imagine how fucking good that song would be if it was produced more like I Miss You. If it didnt sound like it was recorded with an iPhone guitar app.
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  31. 0% chance they mention Tom IMHO, they avoided the subject in nearly all interviews prior to the album's release (and I'm sure the interviewers were specifically told not to ask about it). When it was awkwardly brought up, Mark wouldn't even say his name, it was usually "our former guitarist". I don't know why people think Mark/Travis are just sitting around praying Tom calls and wants to be in Blink again. They've gone through a "legal divorce" to get rid of him, and just pumped out a Grammy nominated album which he had absolutely nothing to do with. If you and your new wife that you love won some type of prestigious award, would you get up there and thank your ex-wife, the crazy whore? I'm sure Mark holds a bigger grudge than Travis, and to be honest if I was Mark I would want to win this damn Grammy and hope to God that Tom heard all about it and felt like a dumbass.
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  32. @Ghent and @The Watcher on the Wall I think this wacky anti-Blink conspiracy is much wilder in your heads than in reality haha
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  34. I actually can't wait for some Skiba songs with just him singing on them. On the deluxe or a future album, he really needs to put his mark down IMO. He's too good to just not take control. I get that he probably didn't wanna step on any toes for the first album without Tom, but now we all know what he sounds like on a blink song. More Skiba is needed. I'm a fan of him.
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  35. Look, I love Matt, but seriously why didn't they just choose John Feldmann as Tom's replacement? I really hope Matt has more of a presence on Cali Deluxe and especially on future albums.
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  37. I think Asthenia is the perfect combination of Blink and AVA. Going in this direction on further records would have been epic.
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  38. Are you referring to when I said that Ghent and Speedo making jokes about your sexual assault is not the same as Trump making jokes about sexual assault? Because I destroyed you in that debate--if you could call it a debate--and eventually you didn't come back for two months because you lost your confidence. We can do that again, if you'd like!
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  39. I'd like to introduce you to a concept called "critical thinking." Did you know it is possible to read news media and take in facts, while also filtering what you personally perceive to be a political bias? Duh- media outlets have slants. This does not mean they are inherently FAKE NEWS. It means they are presenting FACTS, with a slant. Because that's what humans do. They express opinions. No news is completely objective. That does not make it FAKE. If it was raining outside today and CNN said: "It is raining outside today, rain sucks." Would it make it FAKE NEWS simply because you happen to like rain? No. It would still be raining. Can't believe I just had to do that btw.
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  40. Announcements & Airwaves or Angels & Announcements should be his new band name lol
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  41. What the fuck else are we going to talk about in the thread, Ghent? The non-Grammy win?
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  42. Feldy looking as clean and polished as the production on his songs! Make a fucking effort though Travis. It's about time Mark kicked him out. Is Tom any good at playing drums?
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  43. I hope that if blink wins, Tom will rush the stage like Kayne did in 2009. "Mark, I'm really happy for you but Angels and Airwaves had one of the best albums of all-time! Of all-time!!"
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  45. Gee, ...and then sure is a fun poster to have around...
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  46. This is what happens when you have 3 committed band members that just wanna go out and play music. Oh and the shit tonne of money you get from touring too I guess. New set list is a must though if you're gonna tour again so soon.
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  47. I remember Mark saying this: "We are right now going through what so far has been a friendly divorce with our former guitarist. Hopefully things clear up and it doesn't get all manager-y and lawyer-y and all that and we can move forward." And of course I've heard Tom say 20x that he started Blink, and owns it. I even heard him say on a podcast a few months ago something along the lines of "I had to be OK the current situation or it wouldn't be happening, I still own the band." So I suspect some sort of agreement was made (which would certainly involve lawyers) to step aside, and let them replace him and still continue as Blink-182. I would think Matt gets profits for California/touring, and anything he's involved with moving forward. And obviously Tom would still profit from prior work. I'd love to know if Tom gets money from California sales/tour, surely not... I really don't think Tom will ever be back. When Tom posts these "throwback" pictures, he is simply wanting attention as Oliver said, reminiscing, or I am convinced he does it simply to get some RTs/shares/likes, at which point he usually follows that post up with a new t-shirt or book for sale. Tom knows how to manipulate the fans this way for sure IMHO. The bigger issue is Mark/Travis/Matt seem to be getting along amazingly, and having an awesome time together doing what they love. Mark was asked on a Twitter AMA (which he deletes) how well adding Matt to the band has gone on a scale of 1-10, he replied "10". There is no way in hell Mark will give Tom the time of day if he suddenly feels like being in Blink again. Especially when you consider the success they've just had with California. Travis has said he "never says never" and that the "door is always open" to play with Tom again. But, Travis will play with anybody at anytime, so I don't take those quotes too deeply. I just don't think there is any chance Mark let's that happen at this point. Maybe 5-10 years down the road if Matt's busy with Alk3, but definitely not anytime soon.
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  48. I have been lurking from afar enjoying the Feldmann debate for months now and while it is entertaining, I think both sides are a bit extreme. Replacing a band member is a big deal, replacing Tom in Blink-182 who is the only guitarist/and half the vocals/personality, it becomes even harder. So the situation had to be treated extremely carefully. I think Matt/Mark/Travis got together and wrote some songs, and maybe they were good, maybe horrible, but I think they were missing a big "hit" or maybe it was a bit too dark/experimental, so they decided to look for a Producer to help them on a lead single or two. They knew that this release without Tom could be a major flop, so they had to proceed with extreme caution. Travis hits up Feldmann, they get in the studio, and now they have an outside perspective of what "Blink in 2016" should sound like, instead of having to debate internally, (or awkwardly tell Matt his songs don't work, and vice versa). They enjoy the crazy work ethic, Feldmann's energy, crank out Bored To Death in a day, and decide to stick with this guy. Feldmann has them working all day, smashing coffee and donuts, cranking out songs left and right. I do think the album suffered because of this, but I think it had more to do with how quickly they forced creativity, as opposed to Feldmann "writing" songs for them. Yes, his fingerprint is all over the album with over polished vocals, hardly any guitar, and the infamous WOAHHHHs/NAHHHs but I don't necessarily blame him for the cheesiness of a lot of lyrics. I think that came because of Mark being forced to write quickly, and being told how well it sounded. Feldy cranks out songs left and right, he knows the "formula" for a hit song, but most of us don't listen to Blink to hear a "hit song", we hear the raw emotion, or vibe it gives off and are able to connect with that. It's because of this, that I am able to connect with Neighborhoods/D.E.D. much more than California. They feel more honest to me. But, California did exactly what it was meant to do, which was make Blink-182 relevant again in 2016. We forget that most people only know Blink as "that band from the 90's that sang All The Small Things". For them, BTD/SOOHM are the perfect follow-up, and are a familiar sound. I went to 2 shows over the summer, and I bet 60-70% probably didn't even know they had a new band member. But Trav/Mark seem as happy as I've ever seen them, we're getting new music, and they had a huge tour, so it's hard to complain. I think as they grow more comfortable with each other, the music will be more honest (On Cali they weren't even comfortable enough to recommend 100% Mark songs or 100% Matt songs lol). They just had to play this one extremely safe, for all they knew, everyone could've hated California and it could've been a major flop. I enjoy California, and yes it feels a bit "manufactured" IMHO but I don't necessarily blame Feldy 100%. I think it's a combination of many things, but most importantly a strict adherence to a "Blink in 2016" sound, in an attempt to break mainstream again. A lot of the songs strike me as being just as corny as "First Date" or "All The Small Things" so you can tell it is a very "safe" attempt to bring Blink back, and that's what they wanted. And they got exactly what they wanted..
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  49. Someone teach me how to say Feldmann in 10 different languages
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  50. I work at the san diego zoo safari park and yesterday Mark and his family were there and I got to meet him. Absolutely crazy experience, I shook his hand and told him how much blink 182 means to me and also told him i was listening to dogs eating dogs on my way to work that morning. He was super nice and grateful and went out of his way to talk to me.
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