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  1. blink's development between 2002 and 2015 was difficult, but i don't see how it could've gotten any other way. Tom was the major catalyst to push blink forward since the bcr days and it lead to untitled which made an incredible record where each of the members shine on. Tom was exhausted from all the touring and felt inspired to write new songs at home and share them with his bandmates to collaborate, just like every band does these days. Mark was sick of the tom show and tom didn't feel llike giving in so he quit. fast forward to now, blink writes songs with multiple people, sends files to producers with different singers and interchanges parts all the time. No harm in that, just usual business. I'm 100 percent sure, especially after the chris holmes interview from @Ry-Bread (shoutout to you, my man, that was so cool) that the three guys in the band spendt more time in the same room during the neighborhoods days than while recording nine. Who cares! both records turned out good. I think Mark hates tom's guts, and has felt inferior since the day they met( the whole climbing a lamp-pole to impress tom story). Tom just likes to write songs whenever he feels like it and travis works on music 24/7. The bunch of them are not compatible anymore, and as soon as they took a step back from the rush and the fame, they noticed it. Travis noticed it so he started working with other artists(transplants). Tom noticed it so he took a step back. and mark does the same while blaming tom for doing stuff without him. If they all get inspired to work together at the same time, they might collaborate again, and if not, they won't. Blink is doing better off without tom at the moment, and tom is better off without blink at the moment. everybody wins. I don't understand the witchhunt to find a person to blame. it is what it is, and has been for more than a decade, time to get over it
    6 points
  2. Tons man, no question NINE was far more collaborative than NH IMO.
    4 points
  3. Lol, what is this about them not being together for Nine? Weird conspiracy
    3 points
  4. He did let me down. We were promised new music, continually told it was coming and being worked on when in truth Tom was never interested in doing it. He doesn't owe us anything sure but the all he had to do is be honest from the start rather then just use the blink name to fund his other projects while stringing the fans along is wrong no matter how you try to spin it. I have 0 issues with Tom/Ava now and fully support him since he is honest about what he's doing and how he has no interest in doing blink but pretending that reunion Tom behaved right is ridiculous. I'll trust Mark and Travis word when they say Tom was being dishonest with the fans so yeah no fan fiction here.
    2 points
  5. Hahaha oh Lord. Liam Gallagher is like...the most punk rock dude ever!
    2 points
  6. While I think that California and Nine are absolute trash and it disappoints me so much that the three of them couldn't produce anything better, the root of all this is still because of Tom being a douche. His ego being out of control in 05 and forward is 100% the reason. Yeah Mark and Travis could have maybe met some more of his demands but they were just looking out for the band. AVA will be remembered for nothing besides being Tom from Blink 182. I would place AVA at the bottom of the list that Tom will be remembered for: 1. Blink 2. crazy alien guy 3. BCR 4. AVA. And Tom acting like AVA is high art is laughable (though Dreamwalker and forward is pretty good). Just adding a delay effect and lyrics like "I think I like today, I think it's gooooood" does not make the music avant-garde.
    2 points
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  8. I feel personally hurt that Tom just uses Blink as a cash cow. It's like U care more about Blink than he does. At work I would just put on my headphones and listen to "All the Small Things" and think of how much work sucked instead of working, dreaming of buying a boat so I could sail on the river the next summer . Now it's so Depressing that Tom doesn't care anymore. There's no way Tom would have that much money without Blink, so when someone gives you money shouldn't you be more respectful than to just get that money and use it to fund other stuff? Dick move, Tom.
    2 points
  9. I may dislike current blink and really dig Toms later work, but there's really no excusing Toms past behaviour. Dude was a straight up prick. Arrogant, conceited, selfish and blind to what was going on around him, and he still is sometimes, only now he also seems totally fucking nuts so it's less irritating and more sad.
    1 point
  10. Thank you Kay for the welcome, appreciate it. I will do my best to supplement that very gap
    1 point
  11. Wonderful introduction, no one ever talks about their arm hair around here. Welcome aboard!
    1 point
  12. I dabbled in the boards a few years back, I can't remember if I have to throw my hat in the ring and do an akward icebreaker. Here it is. Brit, blink fan since 2013. Reluctant cat person. My forearms are basically hairless. Good afternoon and morning to you fine bunch
    1 point
  13. Most people who create something very big try to get out of it's shadow and create something new afterward that is respected on its own merits. They don't quit something big, just to ride on its coattails through cheap promotion gimmicks for the rest of their career.
    1 point
  14. Lol I get your point though, it was cool to hear CH say himself that NH wasn't *as* disjointed as some make it out to be. And he did say a lot of bands send files back and forth like they did, it just seems there is something to be said about at least being *willing* to meet up occasionally, and I don't know that any of them were willing to budge much on that. Just sort of an awkward era looking back, and it speaks volumes that they don't play any of the songs really anymore, nor ever mention it. (and IIRC Mark put it dead last on a blink albums list of his at one point and nearly forgot about it?) Also surprised no one has brought up the DED stuff when I asked about Tom's infamous quote saying "I looked them all in the eye and asked if they gave their best, and none of them said anything." His answer was great on that...
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  15. I dont try to hate on the fact they rarely are in the studio all together. I just find it dumb it always gets brought up negatively when talking about neighborhoods. Have you any proof of them being all three of them in the studio at the Lol allright then, i'll see myself out 😂
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  16. It didn't seem like it was just once, Chris said they had what he called "Three Amigos" sessions and Natives/After Midnight/Wishing Well came from those, so it seems like there were at least a few. I definitely agree with these two points. Tom wants to beat to his own drum (and I don't blame him, do what makes you happy), Mark/Trav want to make music and tour. It's literally almost been a year since Rebel Girl dropped, and the album isn't even out yet... that's not how Mark/Trav want to roll, blink is very much the priority. You can sum it all up in their lyrics: Mark: "I need the sound of a thousand voices singing back, to feel at home." Tom: "So if I'm gonna go try this, satisfy this. Watch the bomb I made go off." They've both explained it several times, it's like your old middle school/high school best friends that you just get older and have different priorities and lose touch with. It's common, the sad part is when fans take this out on them in their comments on pretty much every post they make, for what is going on 5+ years...lol
    1 point
  17. Just looked it up, pregnant ex girlfriend, not wife. I was told by a mate at the time that a bunch of the songs were about his recently deceased wife and it made a lot of the songs really painful to listen to, didn't ever actually look it up though til now haha
    1 point
  18. 20% written by Mark means this is basically a blink song!
    1 point
  19. I wonder how many bootlegs he traded for that 1 song, or album. Probably 20
    1 point
  20. All blink is for Tom is a tool to help AVA promotion.
    1 point
  21. People grow out of things, now its a means to financial ends for him. He and Mark built it, why shouldn't he be allowed to reap the fruits of his labor and pursue other passions? Because the band means something to other people? That's crazy talk. When in your life have you ever not been allowed to move on from something?
    1 point
  22. Or, you know, he just wanted to do something else.
    1 point
  23. Made an account just to point out how laughable it is that every time Tom gets called out for not loving blink anymore, he makes a post on social media about how "I talked to *insert Mark or Travis here* the other day."
    1 point
  24. Just wanted to say thanks @Ry-Breadfor the podcast. It's the coolest thing to hear these guys give insight into different eras of the band and sound excited while doing so. Plus the recap of the news at the beginning is helpful since there's so much going on it's easy to miss stuff. You're an absolute legend in the blink community.
    1 point
  25. The Ahs are still the highlight of this song for me which I’ve never said before. So don’t know if that’s because the song is mediocre or because if Tom actually used them in a good way for once.
    1 point
  26. Yeah and it's much like how Mark views Blink as solely this formulatic pop punk about teenage angst instead of being a creative vision that many of us clinged to. We might have laughed at their immature humor, but we all 'got' the music behind it, it was pop punk but it was very unique and only they could make that sound and be likeable enough to sell it. Travis has been the only one who didn't become jaded and view the band in a different lens, he still sees it as just another drum gig lol
    1 point
  27. dug around some. made a mini timeline of mark in the interim years between +44 and blink's reunion. sounds weird, but they were mysterious times. that was not long before i became a fan, and i remember little about it, so i put this together. he appeared to do a lot of posting on his pickRset blog, which many fans might remember was later folded into bompa and then wiped offline entirely. in august 2007, +44 planned a european tour but was unable to fulfill this; mark claimed it "just wasn't possible". doesn't make a whole lot of sense why -- low ticket sales? in-band fighting? either way, rumors began to swirl that the band was breaking up, which mark put to rest in a defensive post from october: "we are all coming back together to do what we all truly love: playing as a band" (weird terminology for such a young band IMO). he also posted a pic in the same blog of the interscope contract, which may have been lost to time. however, in the time between that post and travis's crash, mark said little of +44. in november, he claimed to have 20+ songs in development for +44 (surely chris would have remembered this in the pod?) he acknowledges in march 08 that everyone is "anxiously" awaiting new +44, but has no updates; in may, he claims they're still in "pre-production". instead, his public focuses appear to shift towards producing for a band called our lunar activities with chris holmes and james ingram (LP appears to have gone unreleased and the band gone MIA), and working on a collaboration album that appears to have gone nowhere. he also started producing for a band named koopa (here is a ultra-rare clip of mark and the band. the album, lies sell stories, was released in japan in 2009). he vacationed to st. thomas in the spring, after which he recorded not without a fight with NFG, which encompassed the majority of his summer. i'm sure the death of jerry finn in august threw him off; here's a sentimental post remembering him. at this point, he appears to begin attempting a solo album. in september, mr. tsurt posts those famed clips that chris mentions in the pod. in the post, mark recalls being ultra-productive on the track: "in a day this song went from being a rough demo to having verse and bridge guitars doubled, chorus guitars tripled, and bridge leads doubled. tomorrow is bass…" just days later, he's sidetracked by travis's plane crash. he and skye board a plane to the burn unit in georgia, according to travis's memoir. in november, mark updates his blog, claiming the second half of 2008 were the "hardest times he could remember". he continued to work with our lunar activities after that, among other things. other misc things mark did during these odd, lost years, chronologically ordered: hosted a launch party for the 2008 honda civic tour numerous red carpet events working with all time low; songs appear to have never been released he sued missicom LLC, alleging they embezzled funds for a purported plan to install self-pay kiosks in mcdonalds (tom/travis were also investors). it wound up being thrown out by a san diego judge. (this is the weirdest fact among these) was involved for an animated tv show pitch titled bronze blue; it was pitched to kids networks like nickelodeon, but they all passed. just last year, mark posted the songs he worked on for the project, which was recorded in november 2008 appeared in the music video for FOB's i don't care, released nov 2008 recorded "until the stars fall" with musician richard gibbs, nov 2008 introduced all time low at the mtv woodie awards, nov 2008 guested on a cover of bittersweet symphony with the early november's ace enders, released december 2008 cameoed on the MTV show made, offering tips for a young musician, aired december 2008 in a lot of his posts, mark spends time reminiscing fondly about blink (here, here, and uhhh, here). it's clear what mark wanted. shame he didn't truly get it. his november post memorably alludes to reconnecting with tom and travis, and from there, the reunion was in full swing. it's sort of interesting looking back. mark immediately wanted the band back in the public eye... to have everything just as it was. the grammy announcement, the massive summer tour, the weird doritos promotion... but it just wasn't the same, and a lot of that clearly was tom's disinterest. TLDR: appears that +44 fell apart as soon as they truly began to creatively collaborate, mark spent most of the remaining pre-reunion years producing bands at opra, and the record deal for the second +44 record was likely fulfilled with neighborhoods in 2011. the end!
    1 point
  28. i think u are mayby my fave new troll account
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  29. It's hard when your spirit's as strong as Tom's.
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  30. - with someone else And why shouldn't he? He created blink, it's all his work that made blink the promotion tool for AVA. Totally don't get this argument. If you created something that got that big, wouldn't you use it as well to get recognition for new endeavors? He earned it.
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