I Miss You (Blink-182 song)

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"I Miss You"
Single by Blink-182
from the album Blink-182
Released February 9, 2004 (2004-02-09)
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2003
The Rubin's House
(San Diego, California)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:47
Label Geffen
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Feeling This"
(2003)
"I Miss You"
(2004)
"Down"
(2004)

"I Miss You" is a song by American rock band Blink-182, released on February 9, 2004 as the second single from the group's fifth studio album, Blink-182 (2003). Primarily written by guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus, they employed a method of writing separately and bringing their two verses together later. The song was produced entirely acoustic, and it features an upright bass, a cello, and a brushstroked drum loop. The song was inspired by The Cure song "The Love Cats" and contains references to The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

The song became one of the band's biggest hits, peaking at number one on Billboard '​s Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, the song was a national top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number eight. Although "All the Small Things" had slightly more radio airplay, "I Miss You" sold more singles, earning gold certification for selling over 500,000 copies.

Background[edit]

The song was co-written by guitarist Tom DeLonge (left) and bassist Mark Hoppus (right), both seen here in 2004.

The song was written using the same method with which the band wrote "Feeling This"; namely, DeLonge and Hoppus would discuss themes and then set off to separate rooms of the home to write alone.[1] The two would first have a discussion about the themes of the song "so that we were on the same page," and then they would go away to write, putting both parts together at the end.[1] "Mark was always really, really good with words, so a lot of times I would ask him for help with things, to get help with how I say things better […] But we never really explained song meanings to each other," said DeLonge.[1] Hoppus referenced Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas at the request of Barker, who directed the line toward his then-wife, Shanna Moakler.[1][2]

The trio struggled recording "I Miss You" at first, originally employing a completely different chorus reminiscent of adult contemporary.[1] The track was directly inspired by The Cure song "The Love Cats".[1][2] In expanding on the song's lyrical meaning, DeLonge said: "The song's more about the vulnerability and kind of heart-wrenching pain you feel when you're in love and when you're a guy and you're trying to tell a girl, 'Don't waste your time coming and talking to me because, in my head at least, you probably already gave me up a long time ago.'"[3]

Composition[edit]

The song is composed in the key of B major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 111 beats per minute. DeLonge's vocal range spans from A3 to A5.[4] "I Miss You" is an all-acoustic affair, featuring a melancholy piano, cello, upright acoustic bass, and a "brushstroked hip-hop groove."[5][6] The song's production was very layered, requiring multiple tracks. "There's probably 50 tracks of instruments going on the record," DeLonge said.[3] In an interview with The Washington Post, he re-estimated the amount: "It's got about 70 tracks of instruments, all of which are organic/acoustic, none of them plugged-in."[7]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

"I Miss You" was sent to radio in early 2004.[5] The song performed best on Billboard '​s Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it peaked at number one for two weeks.[8] The song also charted at number 15 on the Pop Songs chart,[9] and number 24 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.[10] On the Billboard Hot 100, the song reached number 42,[11] and also peaked at number 44 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.[12] Outside the United States, "I Miss You" performed best in the United Kingdom and New Zealand; in both countries it charted at number eight.[13][14] It also charted at number 13 in Australia,[15] and number 21 in Ireland.[16]

"I Miss You" was supported by a controversial initiative dubbed "spin buys" by Billboard, in which labels, in Blink's case Geffen, spent thousands of dollars per week to have singles played multiple times from midnight to 6am at small and middle-market radio chains.[17] While overnight airplay at radio at that time was "nothing new for the recording industry," label-sponsored spin-programs had risen considerably in popularity in 2004.[17] By May 2004, the track had accumulated more than 50,000 spins at radio,[18] and more than 100,000 by July.[19]

The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 25, 2004 for sales of over 500,000.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

"I Miss You" received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Jesse Lord of IGN praised the "well-thought-out dissonance" between Hoppus and DeLonge's respective vocal tracks, opining that it "expertly showcases and highlights the differences between the two."[21] Nick Catucci of The Village Voice praised the song, writing, "It's how Tom and Mark zing off of one another that makes Blink-182 one of the greats. Name another two dudes who can so naturally share a tender, swelling ballad like 'I Miss You.'"[22] A.D. Amorosi of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that "post-teen amour drips through an acoustic 'I Miss You', with singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge in Marshall Crenshaw mode."[23] Spin called it an "interstate breakup song," commending its use of strings and jazz brushes.[24]

Music video[edit]

"I think with this song we were rebelling against the pop side of our band, which we'd had for many years. We wanted to do something that was a little darker and more atmospheric and I guess people would have been surprised when they first heard it."
— Tom DeLonge on the song's creation[1]

The song's music video is shot in the style of a 1930s film, and find the trio performing in a haunted house with ghosts circling around.[3] Jonas Åkerlund, who also directed the Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" and Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," helmed the clip that was filmed on December 17, 2003 in Los Angeles.[3] "He's done amazing videos," DeLonge said. "We kind of had an idea of what we wanted to do, but it's gonna be interesting because with a guy like that, they bring so much artistic vision to the project. You don't really know what's going on in their head, like how they wanna film it and all that stuff."[3] It also features Mark Hoppus playing a double bass, inspired by Phil Thornalley of The Cure's use of one in the video for "The Love Cats".[2]

The song achieved heavy airplay on music video channels. It achieved its best airplay on Canada's MuchMusic, where it was the number one most-played video for the week ending February 22, 2004 as monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. For Fuse, the song was the eighth-most played that week, eleventh for MTV, and fourteenth for MTV2.[25] It continued to be a strong performer on Fuse and MuchMusic into May, with the issue dated May 15 reporting it at numbers 9 and eleven, respectively.[26] It remained in the top 30 most-played at MuchMusic into January 2005.[27]

In pop culture[edit]

The song first appeared in the video game SingStar Amped and as DLC for Rock Band 2. It was also featured in the TV show Legit. Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer covered the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

I Miss You Single CD #1
No. Title Length
1. "I Miss You"   3:47
2. "Not Now"   4:09
3. "Feeling This" (Video) 3:07
I Miss You Single CD #2
No. Title Length
1. "I Miss You"   3:47
2. "Not Now"   4:09
3. "I Miss You" (James Guthrie Mix) 4:25
I Miss You UK CD Single
No. Title Length
1. "I Miss You"   3:47
2. "Go" (BBC Radio 1 Session) 1:51
I Miss You UK DVD Single
No. Title Length
1. "I Miss You" (Video) 3:47
2. "First Date" (Video) 3:43
3. "I Miss You - Behind the Scenes" (Video) 2:00
4. "Photo Gallery"   0:15

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
"Megalomaniac" by Incubus
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
April 3, 2004 - April 17, 2004
Succeeded by
"The Reason" by Hoobastank

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Blink-182 (liner notes). Blink-182. US: Geffen. 2003. 000133612. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Corey Moss (December 17, 2003). "Blink-182’s 'I Miss You' Might Be Missing from Their Shows". MTV News. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Blink-182 I Miss You - Guitar Tab". Music Notes. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Jon Wiederhorn (December 1, 2003). "Coincidence? Blink-182 Releasing 'I Miss You' When Barker Takes Break". MTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Greg Kot (November 21, 2003). "Review: Blink-182". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Richard Harrington (June 11, 2004). "Seriously, Blink-182 Is Growing Up". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blink-182 – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Blink-182 – Chart History: Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Blink-182 – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ Illegal name entered The Hot 100 "Blink-182 – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Blink-182 – Chart History: Radio Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Blink-182 - Artist - Official Charts" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Blink-182". ARIA Charts. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Chart-Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Brian Garrity (June 19, 2004). "Spin Buys Spark New Debate" 116 (25). Billboard. p. 1/65. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "BDSCertified Spin Awards" 116 (20). Billboard. May 15, 2004. p. 87. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ "BDSCertified Spin Awards" 116 (30). Billboard. July 24, 2004. p. 4. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ "American certifications – Blink-182". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ Jesse Lord (November 24, 2003). "Review: Blink-182". IGN. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  22. ^ Nick Catucci (December 2, 2003). "Review: Blink-182". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  23. ^ A.D. Amorosi (November 23, 2003). "Review: Blink-182". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  24. ^ A.D. Amorosi (April 2004). "Playlist" 20 (4). Spin. p. 90. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Billboard Video Monitor" 116 (10). Billboard. March 6, 2004. p. 71. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Billboard Video Monitor" 116 (20). Billboard. May 15, 2004. p. 81. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Billboard Video Monitor" 117 (2). Billboard. January 8, 2005. p. 48. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  28. ^ Scherker, Amanda (September 4, 2014). "5 Seconds Of Summer Revamps Classic Blink-182 Track, 'I Miss You'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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