The Rock Show

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"The Rock Show"
Single by Blink-182
from the album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Released June 25, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Pop punk, punk rock
Length 2:51
Label MCA
Writer(s) Mark Hoppus
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Man Overboard"
"The Rock Show"
"First Date"

"The Rock Show" is the first single from Blink 182's 2001 album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. It was released in June 2001. The song was the most successful song on Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #14 on the UK Singles Chart.


Take Off Your Pants and Jacket 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. Hoppus and DeLonge each went home that night, with the two emerging with what would become the two biggest singles from the album, "The Rock Show" and "First Date".[1] "The Rock Show" was written about the band's early days at a club in San Diego named SOMA.[2]

Although it only peaked at number 71 on the Hot 100 and number 33 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, it reached number two on Billboard '​s Modern Rock Tracks chart.[3]

Music video[edit]

The band filmed a music video that included them trashing televisions, trains, taking the homeless for a spa makeover, handing out cash to random strangers and paying dancers to mow people's lawns.[3] The relatively large budget for the video, reportedly $500,000, was the basis of the joke and needlessly spent.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

The Rock Show CD Single #1
No. Title Length
1. "The Rock Show" (Radio Edit) 2:51
2. "Time to Break Up"   3:05
3. "Man Overboard" (Radio Edit) 2:46
4. "Man Overboard" (Video) 3:12
The Rock Show CD Single #2
No. Title Length
1. "The Rock Show" (Album Version) 2:51
2. "Aliens Exist" (Live from The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show) 3:43
3. "Adam's Song" (Enhanced video) 4:22
The Rock Show DVD Single
No. Title Length
1. "The Rock Show" (Album Version) 2:51
2. "All The Small Things" (Video) 2:53
3. "Clips From 'The Urethra Chronicles'" (Video, Four 30 Seconds Clips)  

In popular culture[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 71
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 33
Irish Singles Chart 28
UK Singles Chart 14


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Blink-182: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket Tour 2001 Official Program. MCA Records. 2001. 
  3. ^ a b c Shooman, 2010. p. 87
  4. ^ Jon Wiederhorn (May 17, 2001). "Blink-182 Wreck Stuff For 'Rock Show'". MTV News. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 

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