Stay Together for the Kids

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"Stay Together for the Kids"
Single by Blink-182
from the album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Released February 19, 2002
Format CD single, Enhanced CD
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre
Length 3:59
Label MCA
Writer(s) Tom DeLonge
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Blink-182 singles chronology
"First Date"
(2001)
"Stay Together for the Kids"
(2002)
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
(2002)

"Stay Together for the Kids" was released in February 2002 as the third single from pop punk band Blink-182's record Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. Although Mark Hoppus sings the song's two verses, Tom DeLonge, who sings the choruses, wrote this song about his parents' divorce during his teen years. Although the song was released in February 2002, before it became a single, the song was already a successful hit as a non-single peaking number 7 on the Modern Rock chart on the issue dated November 24, 2001, about 2 months after 9/11.

Reunion[edit]

During the 2009 tour, Mark dubbed the song as a definition for their reunion, stating that the band has done exactly what the lyrics of the song state: that they have been together, broke up suddenly and unexpectedly, and then reunited to continue doing what they love most. The single peaked at number seven on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the issue dated November 24, 2001.[1] "Stay Together for the Kids" was released as a single and EP with live tracks and video extras.[2]

Music video[edit]

The filming for its music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, took place on September 9 and September 10, 2001, around the theme of a wrecking ball smashing through a house in which the band were performing.[3] After the September 11 attacks, the band felt shots of a crumbling home (a metaphor for divorce) were questionable and re-made the video with the same crew.[3] The new version depicts the band playing in a broken-down mansion populated by screaming kids, and is intended to convey the feeling of being in a broken home.[4]

Use in popular culture[edit]

The song is played on acoustic guitar by a soldier in Afghanistan near the end of the film Restrepo.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

Single track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Stay Together for the Kids"   3:59
2. "The Rock Show" (Live in Chicago) 3:06
3. "Anthem Part Two" (Live in Chicago) 3:47
4. "First Date" (Video) 3:17
EP track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Stay Together for the Kids"   3:59
2. "The Rock Show" (Live in Chicago) 3:06
3. "Anthem Part Two" (Live in Chicago) 3:47
4. "First Date" (Live in Chicago) 3:28
5. "Carousel" (Live in Chicago) 2:55
6. "First Date" (Video) 3:17
7. "Stay Together for the Kids" (Video) 3:50

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Billboard Hot 100 116
U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 7
UK Singles Chart 28
Germany Singles Chart 73

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blink-182 Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 97
  3. ^ a b Shooman, 2010. p. 87
  4. ^ Jon Wiederhorn (November 5, 2001). "Blink-182 To Show Up On Mad TV, Will 'Stay Together' For Next Video". MTV News. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 

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