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
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:47
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Mark Hoppus
Tom DeLonge
Travis Barker
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Feeling This"
(2003)
"I Miss You"
(2004)
"Down"
(2004)

"I Miss You" is the second single from Blink-182's 2003 self-titled album. It was released in February 2004. The song signals a drastic departure from Blink-182's usual upbeat, crudely humorous style, presenting a somber theme and a slower pace. In the music video (see below), the band plays at a haunted mansion. The video was also featured on their Greatest Hits album.

The song reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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 (RIAA gold single certification).[1] The song was a top ten hit single in the United Kingdom, peaking at number eight in 2004.

Production[edit]

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.[2] Hoppus referenced Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas at the request of Barker.[3]

The trio struggled recording "I Miss You" at first, originally employing a completely different chorus reminiscent of adult contemporary. The track was directly inspired by The Cure song "The Love Cats".[2][3]

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[2]

The video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, was shot in a house, and the band members wore make-up and 1920s-style outfits to give a ghostly feel. 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".[3] As a result of this, Hoppus had to use superglue on his fingertips as his skin was shredding off due to the number of takes for the video.[citation needed]

In the album notes, Hoppus states that the song was written "all acoustic" and there is footage of him playing an acoustic bass in the "Cheetah" videos from when they were recording the album.[3]

In pop culture[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[4] 13
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 41
German Singles Chart[6] 32
Irish Singles Chart[7] 20
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 8
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 55
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 51
UK Singles Chart[6] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 42
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 24
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Database – "I Miss You" by Blink-182. RIAA.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Browne, Nichola (November 20, 2005). "Punk Rock! Nudity! Filthy Sex! Tom DeLonge Looks Back On Blink-182's Greatest Moments". Kerrang! (London: Bauer Media Group) (1083). ISSN 0262-6624. 
  3. ^ a b c d Blink-182 (liner notes). Blink-182. US: Geffen. 2003. 000133612. 
  4. ^ australian-charts.com - Blink 182 - I Miss You
  5. ^ Blink 182 - I Miss You - austriancharts.at
  6. ^ a b Blink 182 - I Miss You - Music Charts
  7. ^ The Irish Charts - All there is to know
  8. ^ "blink-182 — I Miss You". charts.org.nz. 
  9. ^ swedishcharts.com - Blink 182 - I Miss You
  10. ^ Blink 182 - I Miss You - hitparade.ch

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Megalomaniac" by Incubus
Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
April 3, 2004 – April 10, 2004
Succeeded by
"The Reason" by Hoobastank