Dammit (Growing Up)
- For the phrase "dammit!" see Damnation.
|Single by Blink-182|
|from the album Dude Ranch|
|Released||September 23, 1997|
|Recorded||December 1996–January 1997
Big Fish Studios
|Blink-182 singles chronology|
"Dammit (Growing Up)" (often shortened to "Dammit") is a song by American rock band Blink-182, released on September 23, 1997 as the lead single from the group's second studio album, Dude Ranch (1997). Written by bassist Mark Hoppus, the song concerns maturity and growing older.
The song became the band's first hit single, reaching number 11 on Billboard 's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and receiving heavy airplay on several key US stations. The song was serviced to radio remixed by Tom Lord-Alge, which includes cleaner instrumentals and a drum roll during the intro. The single remix of "Dammit" was later featured on the band's Greatest Hits.
The signature guitar line for "Dammit" was created by Hoppus, plucking around on an acoustic guitar that was missing two strings. The song was written just outside of Hoppus' vocal range, requiring him to strain to sing it (the song has a noticeably rougher and scratchier vocal track than the rest of the album). Hoppus was having vocal problems during the recording of the album regardless, due to lack of vocal warm-ups and constant smoking. These factors, combined with the stress of recording "Dammit", led Hoppus to blow out his voice, forcing the band to cancel the final week of recording the album in December 1996. "I actually like my voice a lot of 'Dammit'. It sounds really raw and cool," said Hoppus in 2001. "But it's not a technique I would recommend for getting a good vocal sound. You know, smoking, yelling, all that."
"Dammit" is set in the time signature of common time, with a fast tempo of 215 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of C major with Hoppus's vocals spanning the tonal nodes of C5 to G5. The song follows a common chord progression sequence of I–V–vi–IV
"Dammit" received heavy radio airplay, earning top spins at many key radio stations, and became the band's first hit single. MCA's marketing strategy for "Dammit" involved waiting until after the band's Warped Tour performances wrapped in order to have a retail story to back up radio promotion efforts. The label first serviced "Dammit" in August 1997 and several SoCal stations were quick to pickup the single, finding it to be a good match alongside Green Day and The Offspring radio hits. Stations such as KOME in San Jose were among the first to play the song. The song broke through to rock radio when it was added to the playlist of Los Angeles-based KROQ. Mainstream rock received "Dammit" in November, and MTV picked up the "Dammit" video, bumping it into stress rotation in December. This led to feature stories in magazines such as Billboard and Rolling Stone.
The song peaked at number 11 on Billboard 's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and charted on the airplay chart of the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard Airplay Monitor Report (BDS) figures reported that the record had received over 1,000 spins on KROQ, placing it as the second-most played track of 1998. It ranked third in terms of total airplay on Seattle's KNDD and New York’s WXRK, attaining 900 plays on both respective stations. "Dammit" was among the top three most-played songs on San Francisco's KITS, Boston's WBCN, Detroit's CIMX and Sacramento's KWOD for the year. KEDJ of Phoenix played "Dammit" over 1,400 times over the course of the year. The song was called a "radio staple" by the Los Angeles Times. As a result of the single's success, Hoppus began introducing himself to people as "that guy that wrote, 'duh nuh nuh nuh nuh duh nuh nuh nuh nuh, he fucked her.'"
Consequence of Sound, in a 2015 top 10 of the band's best songs, ranked it as number one, commenting, "The best songwriters don’t capture what you’re going through individually in your life — they capture the things that are common to all humanity, and there’s something about "Dammit"'s chorus, something about its opening C, D, E riff that sounds universal." Complex in 2012 examined the song through the lens of its inclusion in Can't Hardly Wait (1998), calling it, "one of the most iconic songs of the 90s — those three, unmistakable guitar chords, the two voices trading in verse (one sneering punk, the other, a throaty few octaves lower), and a soaring punk chorus — and one of the most iconic teen films of the '90s, if not all-time."
In popular culture
The song was famously used in the 1998 teen film Can't Hardly Wait, during a scene in which the police break up a house party. The song was also included in the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour, along with an in-game representation of Travis Barker, who becomes available to play upon completing the song in the drum career.
The music video for "Dammit" stars Hoppus attempting to take his ex-girlfriend away from her new lover at a cinema. Band manager Rick DeVoe has a cameo appearance in the clip as a snack bar attendant. The music video for "Dammit" was directed by Darren Doane and Ken Daurio, who also directed the band’s first clip for "M+M's" in 1995. Doane was on board with the musicians improvising during the shoot. Hoppus and DeLonge were so taken with the way DeVoe portrayed his character they requested Doane work his character into more screen time. Near the end of the bridge, during intercut performance footage of the group, DeLonge mouths to Hoppus a visible "I love you."
Format and track listing
- US CD (1997)
- "Dammit (Growing Up)" (Radio Edit) – 2:46
- "Dammit (Growing Up)" – 2:46
- Australian CD (1997)
- "Dammit (Growing Up)" (Radio Edit) – 2:46
- "Dammit (Growing Up)" – 2:46
- "Zulu" – 2:07
|Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)||15|
|US Hot Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)||11|
|US Hot 100 Airplay (Billboard)||61|
|US Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)||26|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1998)||Peak
|US Hot Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)||27|
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