First Date (Blink-182 song)

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"First Date"
Single by Blink-182
from the album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Released October 8, 2001
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop punk
Length 2:51
Label MCA
Writer(s) Tom DeLonge
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Blink-182 singles chronology
"The Rock Show"
(2001)
"First Date"
(2001)
"Stay Together for the Kids"
(2002)

"First Date" was released in October 2001 as the second single from the pop punk trio Blink-182's album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. It was written by Tom DeLonge (guitar and vocals), on the same night that Mark Hoppus (bass and vocals) wrote "The Rock Show". It peaked at number six on Billboard '​s Modern Rock Tracks chart.[1]

Background[edit]

The entire record had already been written and the band was preparing to enter the studio to record it when manager Rick DeVoe informed the trio he felt it lacked a catchy, "feel-good" song. DeLonge and Hoppus each went home that night, with the two emerging with what would become the two biggest singles from the album, "First Date" and "The Rock Show".[2] "First Date" was inspired by DeLonge and wife Jennifer Jenkins' first date at SeaWorld San Diego.[2] "I was about 21 at the time and it was an excuse for me to take her somewhere because I wanted to hang out with her," said DeLonge. The track was written as a summary of neurotic teen angst and awkwardness.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "First Date", the album's sophomore single, pays homage to the Bee Gees and is based in the mid-1970s, featuring the trio acting as long-haired hippie versions of themselves.[3] Clad in long wigs, bell-bottoms and butterfly collars, the trio drive around a quiet suburb in a Volkswagen van, making stops at a diner and water park.[4] The video, directed by The Malloys, was filmed over three days in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and performance footage was filmed in a garage decorated with 1970s paraphernalia.[4] Singer Jordan Pundik and guitarist Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, with whom the band were touring with at the time, make cameo appearances in the clip.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

First Date CD Single[5]
No. Title Length
1. "First Date"   2:51
2. "Don't Tell Me It's Over"   2:34
3. "Mother's Day"   1:37
4. "The Rock Show" (Video) 2:55

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

First Date DVD Single[6]
No. Title Length
1. "First Date"    
2. "The Rock Show" (Video)  
3. "4x30 Second Clips (1. The Rock Show (Live); 2. Backstage; 3. Say Hello to Travis; 4. Want a Ticket?)"    
First Date Single 7"[7]
No. Title Length
1. "First Date"   2:51
2. "Don't Tell Me It's Over"   2:34

Chart positions[edit]