The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!)

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The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!)
Live album by Blink-182
Released November 7, 2000
Recorded November 4, 1999 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
November 5, 1999 at Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, California
Genre Pop punk
Length 61:52
Label MCA
Producer Jerry Finn
Blink-182 chronology
Enema of the State
(1999)
The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!)
(2000)
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
(2001)
Singles from The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!)
  1. "Man Overboard"
    Released: October 29, 2000
  2. "Dumpweed (Live)"
    Released: 2000

The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) is a live album by the American pop-punk band Blink-182. Produced by Jerry Finn, the album was released on November 7, 2000 through MCA Records. Recorded over two nights at performances in the band's home of California in November 1999, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) primarily features songs from the band's third album, Enema of the State (1999), as well as selected tracks from previous albums Dude Ranch (1997) and Cheshire Cat (1995).

"Man Overboard", a studio track and outtake from the band's Enema of the State sessions, accompanies the release and was issued as its lead single, peaking at number two on Billboard '​s Modern Rock Tracks chart. Although the album was promoted as a limited edition release, the record came back into print in 2006 due to popular demand.

Background[edit]

The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) was recorded at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California and November 5, 1999 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on the group's Loserkids Tour.[1][2][3] The colorful, cartoonish album artwork contains several characters illustrated on previous Blink-182 releases, including aliens, the dancing bunny, wizards and a caricature of Enema of the State cover model Janine Lindemulder alongside caricatures of bassist Mark Hoppus, guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker.[1] The LP was initially meant to be a strictly limited-edition release (although one million copies were pressed), but nonetheless, the album came back into print in 2006 due to popular demand.[1]

"Man Overboard", the only studio track for the album, was initially written and demoed for blink-182’s previous album, Enema of the State. The band entered the studio to record a final version of the song in mid-2000.[4] The song first saw release streaming for one month (starting in September 2000) on the band’s official website, MTV.com, and KROQ.com.[5]

Following "Man Overboard", the album returns to a live environment with 29 hidden tracks collectively known as Words of Wisdom. These document examples of Mark and Tom's stage banter towards one another. Their toilet humor jokes are something the band is renowned for and are exampled here. The album also features previously unreleased material, including toilet humor songs, such as "Family Reunion" (released on Short Music for Short People in 1999), "Blow Job" and "The Country Song".

"Dick Lips" is censored as "Rich Lips", and "Blow Job" is censored as "Blew Job" on the track listing on the back cover, however they are written correctly on the inside of the American edition. The adult-themed songs were omitted from listening booths at various mainstream music stores such as HMV.

Song changes[edit]

  • In "Don't Leave Me", Mark says, "Just like last night" instead of "Just like last time".
  • In "Aliens Exist" Tom changes the lines, "I got an injection/of fear from the abduction/my best friend thinks I'm just telling lies" to, "I got an injection/of love from the erection/my best friend thinks I'm just humping guys." When Tom sings the last line, "I'm not like you guys, twelve majestic lies", Mark chimes in afterward, singing "Tom has sex with guys" in a "humorous" fashion.
  • In "Going Away to College," Mark sings "But you're so beautiful, Skylee" (from his wife's name Skye Everly), instead of "But you're so beautiful to me." At the end of the song, Mark sings, "But you're so beautiful" which is where the song would end on the studio album, but he adds, "To Travis!"
  • In "What's My Age Again", Mark changes the words "What's my age again" to "Where's my Asian friend" the second time he says it in each chorus, then repeats the changed lyric at the end of the song. Also in "What's My Age Again", Mark changes the line "What the hell is..." to "What the fuck is..." in each chorus. During the bridge, he yells "It's the slow pretty part!"
  • In "Voyeur", there are two lyric changes. In the first verse, "The lonely guy I am, I wait for her to change" is changed to "The lonely guy I am, I like to watch her change." In the bridge, "He kicks my ass so much, that filthy white inbred" is changed to "He kicks my ass so much, that fucking white inbred," although the same cannot be said about the second time around. Also, right before Mark's solo, the band pauses so that he can get ready, confusing the audience, but also giving him and Tom time to crack a couple jokes. The audience comes across as understanding, and jovial to this intermission. The rest of the gig continues.
  • Mark changes the words in "Carousel" from "I guess it's just another," to "I had sex with your mother." The second time, he rolls his tongue and screams "Brrr stick 'em!". This way, the lyrics go "I guess it's just another/I guess it's just another/Brrr stick 'em!" This a reference to the Reel Big Fish song "SR"
  • In "The Country Song" Mark makes a reference at the end to South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut, by singing "...shut your fucking face, Uncle Fucker!", which is part of the lyrics in the song "Uncle Fucker" in the movie itself. There is a noticeable gasp.
  • In "Dick Lips" Mark chimes in on the second chorus right before the bridge, repeating the lyrics Tom sings at a slightly higher pitch.

Release and reception[edit]

The album debuted at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 110,000 copies.[6]

Melody Maker observed that the album, "obeys the First Three Laws Of Rock: have a good time; maintain the generation gap; keep it simple." In the USA, Spin were similarly instant in their appreciation of the release, and weren't afraid to enjoy the "self-deprecating one-liners about boobies, boners and crooked wieners."[1] AllMusic wrote that "in the midst of teen pop mediocrity and post-grunge rollickers, it's good to see a band such as blink-182 enjoying its time on top of the world,"[7] but not all reviews were positive, however: British magazine NME described the album as "the tragic sound of three men so desperately trying to avoid growing up."[8]

Consequence of Sound retrospectively reviewed the album in 2008, writing that "If you yourself were not into the band, you know someone who was, and the tour that this recording is from sold out many large venues for a good reason. They knew how to write catchy punk rock with more on stage energy than I have seen to date."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

No. Title Length
1. "Dumpweed"   2:53
2. "Don't Leave Me"   2:38
3. "Aliens Exist"   3:43
4. "Family Reunion"   0:51
5. "Going Away to College"   3:40
6. "What's My Age Again?"   3:18
7. "Dick Lips"   3:35
8. "Blow Job"   0:41
9. "Untitled"   3:07
10. "Voyeur"   3:28
11. "Pathetic"   2:51
12. "Adam's Song"   4:35
13. "Peggy Sue"   3:47
14. "Wendy Clear"   4:09
15. "Carousel"   3:38
16. "All the Small Things"   3:35
17. "Mutt"   3:39
18. "The Country Song"   1:00
19. "Dammit"   3:05
20. "Man Overboard" (studio track) 2:46
Total length:
61:52
  • All songs are live, excluding "Man Overboard".
  • The tracks starting at 21 are hidden tracks and consist mainly of jokes, known collectively as Words of Wisdom. Or, getting the live album on iTunes, the hidden tracks are put together as one set called 'Shut up and play a song.'

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States November 5, 2000 MCA CD 088 112 379-2
Europe 112 379-2[23]
United States May 2011 Universal Music LP STDHT-ST01

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Basham, David (2000-08-28). "Blink-182 Records New Song For Live Album". MTV News. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
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  6. ^ "Blink-182 Opens At No. 1, Sugar Ray Debuts High". Billboard. June 2001. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
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  9. ^ Consequence of Sound
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