Blink182 - Hems 1 Harrison Hems Professor Ellis English 203...

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Hems 1 Harrison Hems Professor Ellis English 203 7 May 2008 Blink 182 Blink 182 is a band that is not really known for taking any radical political stances or rebelling against any major social issues. Their rebellion hits much closer to home for most youth. The main thing that Blink 182 rebels against is any type parental or adult authority. Their audience was, and still is, made up mostly of teenagers. Youth could obviously more easily relate to the songs that the band wrote. When I was trying to come up with a topic I knew I wanted to do a musician or band and Blink 182 really stuck out in my head. As I was growing up in San Diego, CA, their music really affected my life. They write a lot about family issues, and as a teen transitioning from childhood to adulthood, I had a lot of family problems and I felt that could relate to all of their music. I was definitely in their target audience, and they had definitely achieved their purpose. So, that is why I chose to discuss one of my most favorite bands of all time, Blink 182. Blink 182’s music is basically “just trying to get in the mindset of a teenager, which means a lot of curiosity about sex” (Hightower). Any teenager could relate to any of the songs on a Blink 182 album. Their music was also very catchy, which attracted a lot of listeners with their “ minimalist rat-a-tat-tat rhythms never falter; the guitar boings up and down like a sonic Superball. It's all harmless but still gnarly enough to foment the kind of anti-everything rebellion that spawned rock & roll way back in the day” (Chonin). Their lyrics were mostly elementary in nature, which spoke to teens and young adults who didn’t want to have to sift
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Hems 2 through metaphor to get the message out of the music. One of their more “rebellious” songs was a song called “Anthem Part 2” off of 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket . The song claims that teens are “misled / young and hostile, but not stupid.” It goes on to say that teens will “never give up, it’s no use / If [they’re] fucked up [adults] are to blame… / Kids are victims in this story / Drown the youth with useless warnings / Teenage rules they’re fucked and boring.” I think that this is a good example of the way that Blink 182 approached adults, and any other sort of authority figure. Their philosophy was that parental authority was trying to control your life, but all that youth are trying to do is be themselves and evolve into their own lives and way of doing things. Another song that rants about parents is the song “Dick
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