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Enema Of The State

blink-182

1999

Enema Of The State
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Enema of the State is the third studio album by American rock band Blink-182, released on June 1, 1999, by MCA Records. After a long series of performances at various clubs and festivals and several indie recordings throughout the 1990s, Blink-182 first achieved popularity on the Warped Tour and in Australia following the release of their second album Dude Ranch (1997) and its rock radio hit "Dammit." To record their third album, Blink-182 turned to veteran punk rock producer Jerry Finn, who previously worked on Green Day's breakthrough album Dookie (1994). Enema was the band's first album to feature second drummer Travis Barker, who replaced original drummer Scott Raynor. The group recorded with Finn over a period of three months at numerous locations, including their hometown of San Diego and in Los Angeles. Finn was key in producing the fast-paced, melodic mixes, creating a pop-punk sound with a more radio-friendly, accessible polish. Lyrically, the album is inspired by adolescent frustration and relationships. Guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus primarily culled stories from friends and autobiographical situations to craft summer-related tracks revolving around breakups, suburban parties and maturity, as well as more offbeat subject matter such as UFO conspiracy theories. The cover artwork for Enema of the State features porn star Janine Lindemulder famously clad in a nurse uniform; the title is a pun on the term enemy of the state. Enema of the State was an enormous commercial success, although the band was criticized as synthesized, manufactured pop only remotely resembling punk, and pigeonholed as a joke act due to the puerile slant of its singles and associating music videos. The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide, catapulting the band to become one of the biggest rock bands of the turn of the millennium. "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things", and "Adam's Song" became hit singles and MTV staples, generating heavy radio airplay. Enema of the State has retrospectively been hailed as a quintessential pop-punk album and had an extensive impact on the genre and beyond, reinventing it for a new generation, influencing numerous bands as well as artists from other genres, and spawning countless tributes and accolades.

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Rating

3.34

Votes

71

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

If there is any other album that came out that spoke directly to 15 year old me, I don’t know what it is. I spun this album so many times in my discman (parents wouldn’t approve if I played in my stereo) that I swear I was going to burn a hole through the CD. The greatest pop punk album of all time. They mastered the genre.

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Sat Feb 24 2024
5

Yeah, there is no good reason this was left of the list. Kind of THE pop-punk album in my mind.

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Sat Feb 24 2024
5

It's basically the defining pop-punk album, sharing a tight first place with Dookie. How this wasn't on the original list is genuinely baffling to me.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
5

The superior 182 album. Way better than the official album on the list

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Wed Mar 13 2024
5

♬This world's an ugly place, but you're so beautiful to me♬

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Thu Mar 14 2024
5

The drivers in traffic were witness of how much I enjoyed this album. So many sing-along moments.

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Thu Feb 15 2024
4

I must admit that I like finding "should have beens on the list" more than local rarities or personal favorites. Although in this case it is so close to a guilty pleasure... great memories anyway, and a bunch of truly great songs!

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Tue Mar 05 2024
4

Definitely enjoyed this more than blink-182 S/T but also definitely grew out of pop punk. Some of the stuff on this album also aged pretty poorly. 7/10

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

A finde piece of commercially viable college skate punk. Quite entertaining

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Sun Feb 25 2024
3

Another album I'm surprised wasn't on the list, just cause it was so influential for that angsty pop-punk formula that was very popular in middle/high school for me. I suppose it has longevity but it's not something I wanna listen to anymore. Still, an important punk album.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
4

8/10. Okay, I can see why this album gets hyped up. Great name for an album as well

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Sun Mar 17 2024
4

Classique Pop punk, de bons souvenris avec beaucoup de nostalgie. 4.5

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Thu Apr 04 2024
4

Ahhh look, I was 15 when this album came out. I wasn't a huge blink fan, but they were VERY hard to ignore. They'd already had a few hits, really quickly took over Offspring/Green Day, poor NOFX left in the dust. I remember the radio charts were pretty full of boy/girl bands and blingy rap at the time, the "big alternative" music was mostly nu-metal, but then these guys were just fucking THERE. And this was their peak. All the lyrics appealed to kinda loser teenage boys like me - felt like the whole album was about girls not wanting to know you or not being allowed to go out on the weekend, which was my direct experience in my teens lol. Crazy how much that resonated with me now, but eh. NOFX is still way better and criminally underrated imo, but Blink 182 was also pretty rad. 4/5.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
3

Blink devote themselves to angsty miniatures on Enema, and the middle stretch boasts a trio of songs as good as anything out there. After that, the landing feels a little underwhelming, the aftertaste simplified. Still, every melody has a place, electricity courses, there are snatches of what, telling on oneself, one could even call wisdom.

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Sun Feb 25 2024
1

I met a girl in college who was into Blink-182. Listening to this now makes me wonder what she saw in it. If I had ended up with her, I might have developed a special place in my heart for this. I think I dodged a bullet.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
4

I can confirm that I am 23 and no one likes me

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Fri May 10 2024
4

Another should've been, or rather, I thought was, on the list album. A fine shot of nostalgia.

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Sat Feb 24 2024
3

There was a blink-182 album on the official list and I feel like that was a sufficient amount. Why not pony up some less mainstream post punk material, something in the vein of Operation Ivy or Bad Religion I hadn't heard of already? Aside from that I certainly don't hate this - musically it is very adept, the lyrics are serviceable if not particularly deep. A surprising amount of it is pretty standard love or breakup songs, and the title and cover photo are kind of the edgiest thing about it.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
3

This LP stands on a strong basis of fun (if somewhat repetitive) pop-punk tracks, but what elevates it to classic territory is the more involved songwriting efforts – "All The Small Things," "Adam's Song," and "Age Again?" are the beating heart of this album, serious narratives wrapped in a deceptive gauze of power chords and feedback. A few more of these tracks could have done the album well (it still feels a little off-balance in favor of somewhat generic filler), but the sheer popularity and staying power of the core classics here means this is a notable listen and a great addition to the list.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
3

Really enjoyable, albeit slightly juvenile, power pop. Hardly any hardcore punk and so much sleeker and more radio-friendly than, say, Green Day’s “Dookie” or Offspring or Sum…

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Tue Apr 02 2024
2

Blink-182 and me will never be best friends. But I have to say that after actually listening to this properly, they climbed a notch on the friendship ladder. Instead of being long lost high-school classmates who ignored each other during the entirety of the high-school years, we are now actually on speaking terms. I now see us having a beer together from time to time. Nothing fancy, and only when they do bring plenty of snacks to go with the beers.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
2

I feel the same way about this as the other blink-182 album that was user submitted (was there collusion???). I just don't care for it. The singer sounds like a 14 year old whiny brat. I'll even go so far as to offer another unpopular opinion - although I like punk and I like power pop, "pop-punk" is a crappy genre of music. It's a good album cover though, I'll give them that. 2 stars.

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Tue Apr 02 2024
1

I already commented on this when I heared blink-182. I think this just infantile punkpop and shouldn't be on anybodies eindlist in my opinion. Sorry if any vulnerable souls were hurt while reading this subjective review 😉

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