Down (Blink-182 song)

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"Down"
Single by Blink-182
from the album Blink-182
Released June 21, 2004
Format
Recorded 2003
Genre
Length 3:03
Label Geffen
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Blink-182 singles chronology
"I Miss You"
(2004)
"Down"
(2004)
"Always"
(2004)

"Down" is a song by the American rock band Blink-182, released on June 21, 2004 as the third single from the group's fifth studio album, Blink-182 (2003). The song peaked at number 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Background[edit]

The song revolves around longing in a relationship, set to a rain-drenched soundscape.[1] The original version of "Down" ran over six minutes long, and contained a drum and bass breakdown from Barker.[2] Rumors circulated following the song's release that DeLonge penned the track on experiences with a previous girlfriend.[1]

Release and live performances[edit]

"Down" was issued as a single in May 2004, and the band promoted the release with tour dates featuring Cypress Hill and on a nationwide tour with No Doubt.[3] The single was a mixed success, peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart during the week of July 31, 2004, but quickly falling off afterward.[4] The song also peaked at number 24 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

"Down" was one of few Blink-182 songs performed by Tom DeLonge's next band, Angels & Airwaves.[5] During a 2009 concert, the band dedicated the song to Adam Goldstein (DJ AM), who had passed away the night before following a drug overdose.[6][7][8]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Mr. Scandalous, and made its premiere on MTV on June 2, 2004.[9] In the clip, Blink-182 are playing a house party when the police arrive and search for a gang member named Trouble, who slips away immediately.[9] The cops, fronted by a lead policeman played by actor Terry Crews, unsuccessfully chase Trouble on foot, in cars, and in helicopters throughout South Central Los Angeles, but he evades their capture in the concrete L.A. River.[3] The video features over 100 actors who were former members of gangs; these performers were signed to Suspect Entertainment, a company founded to provide a safe, legal alternative to joining such groups.[3][9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

Down Single CD #1
No. Title Length
1. "Down" (Single Version) 3:12
2. "I Miss You" (James Guthrie Mix) 4:38
3. "Down" (Video) 3:32
Down Single CD #2
No. Title Length
1. "Down" (Single Version) 3:14
2. "Down" (T.L.A. Arrangement) 3:40
3. "Down" (Multimedia Track) 3:21
4. "Blink Behind the Scenes" (video) 5:00
Down Single 7" Picture Disc
No. Title Length
1. "Down" (Album Version) 3:12
  • T.L.A. stands for Tom Lord-Alge
  • Side 2 of the Picture Disc, contains only artwork and information, not music
  • The "behind the scenes" video is the same one featured on the "Blink-182" Tour Edition DVD and the "Greatest Hits" Deluxe DVD

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Alternative Songs Chart 10[10]
UK Singles Chart 24[11]
Germany Singles Chart 76[12]
AUS Singles Chart 35[13]
Austrian Singles Top 75 50[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shooman, 2010. p. 122
  2. ^ Tom Bryant (November 1, 2003). "But Seriously Folks…". Kerrang! (London: Bauer Media Group). ISSN 0262-6624. 
  3. ^ a b c d Shooman, 2010. p. 132
  4. ^ "Alternative Songs Chart - "Down"". Billboard. July 31, 2004. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Corey Moss (April 13, 2006). "Tom DeLonge Addresses Blink With A Song At First A&A Show". MTV News. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (August 31, 2009). "Blink-182 Cancel Show Due To DJ AM's Death". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Blink-182's Travis Barker Pays Tribute to DJ AM Onstage". Rolling Stone. August 29, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kasica, Isley (August 30, 2009). "Blink-182 Struggles Through Show After DJ AM's Death". People (Time Inc.). Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Joe D'Angelo (May 20, 2004). "Blink-182 Get 'Down' With Former Gang Members". MTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/298592/blink-182/chart
  11. ^ http://acharts.us/song/1625
  12. ^ http://acharts.us/song/1625
  13. ^ http://acharts.us/song/1625
  14. ^ http://acharts.us/song/1625

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