The Rock Show
|"The Rock Show"|
|Single by Blink-182|
|from the album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket|
|Released||June 25, 2001|
(San Diego, California)
Larrabee Studios West, Cello Studios
|Blink-182 singles chronology|
"The Rock Show" is a song recorded by American rock band Blink-182 for their fourth studio album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001). It was released as the lead single from the album on June 25, 2001. The track was composed primarily by bassist Mark Hoppus based on the band's early days touring punk rock clubs. The song's creation stems from Blink-182 manager Rick DeVoe's opinion that the album lacked a catchy, "feel-good" song. Hoppus composed "The Rock Show" in response, while guitarist Tom DeLonge composed the album's second single, "First Date".
The song peaked at number two on Billboard 's Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it the most successful single from the album. It also reached number 14 in the United Kingdom. The song's music video finds the band giving an unusually large budget for the video, and spending needlessly on random things. In promotion of the single, Blink-182 performed the song live on late-night talk show Late Show with David Letterman.
Prior to recording their fourth studio album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Blink-182 recorded demos at DML Studios, a small practice studio in Escondido, California, where the band had written Dude Ranch and Enema of the State. The group had written a dozen songs after three weeks and invited their manager, Rick DeVoe, to be the first person outside Blink-182 to hear the new material, which the band found "catchy [but with] a definitive edge". DeVoe sat in the control room and quietly listened to the recordings, and pressed the band at the end on why there was no "Blink-182 good-time summer anthem [thing]". DeLonge and Hoppus were furious, remarking, "You want a fucking single? I'll write you the cheesiest, catchiest, throwaway fucking summertime single you've ever heard!" Hoppus went home and wrote "The Rock Show" in ten minutes, and DeLonge similarly wrote "First Date", which became the most successful singles from the record and future live staples. "The Rock Show" was written about the band's early days at a club in San Diego named SOMA.
The band felt the song captured "the spirit of the Ramones and Screeching Weasel about it, but [it was] definitely influenced by bands like the Descendents." They expanded upon this in a 2001 interview with BBC Music:
|“||I think it's actually as if we built a punk rock time capsule and went back to five years ago when we were writing songs. We wrote that song as a mid-tempo punk-pop song about a girl, and it ended up being one of the better ones on the record.||”|
Eric Aiese of Billboard examined the song through the lens of its airplay competition: "As the face of rock radio has yielded toward the emerging hard sounds on "nu metal," Blink continues to provide a contrasting voice […] "The Rock Show" clearly shows the band’s talent for writing—and performing—hooks."
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. The relatively large budget for the video, reportedly $500,000, was the basis of the joke and needlessly spent. The video recalls that of "Taxloss" by Mansun.
All songs written and composed by Blink-182.
|The Rock Show CD Single #1|
|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|
|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|
|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
- "The Rock Show" is featured on the US edition of the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 8 (2001) and the compilation albums Warped 15th Anniversary Celebration (2010) and Warped Tour 2010 Tour Compilation (2010).
- During the hiatus, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker regularly played this song in their band, +44. Craig Fairbaugh, guitarist and background vocalist of +44, replaced DeLonge on backing vocals.
- The song is a playable song in the music video game Amplitude.
- It is an available track included in Guitar Hero 5.
- The song is also currently available as DLC for both Rock Band (released on July 28, 2009) and its portable counterpart, Rock Band Unplugged (released October 22, 2009).
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||14|
|US Hot Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||71|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||33|
- Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2013 Vinyl Reissue) (liner notes). Blink-182. US: Geffen / Universal Music Special Markets. 2013. SRC025/SRC026/SRC027/SRC028.
This reference primarily cites the Mark Hoppus foreword.
- Roger Coletti (2001). "Blink-182: No Jacket Required". MTV News. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
- Nichola Browne (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.
- Kyle Ryan (October 8, 2013). "Blink-182 took punk to No. 1 for the first time with a masturbation pun". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Blink-182: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket Tour 2001 Official Program. MCA Records. 2001.
- Danny O'Connor (May 16, 2001). "Blink 182 Interview". BBC Music. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- Shooman, 2010. p. 87
- Eric Aiese (June 16, 2001). "Reviews & Previews: Singles". Billboard 113 (24): 24. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
- Jon Wiederhorn (May 17, 2001). "Blink-182 Wreck Stuff For 'Rock Show'". MTV News. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- "Blink-182 Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2015.