|Single by Blink-182|
|from the album Blink-182|
|Released||October 2, 2003|
|Format||CD single, 7" vinyl, digital download|
The Rubin's House, Signature Sound, Rolling Thunder
(San Diego, California)
Conway Recording Studios
|Blink-182 singles chronology|
"Feeling This" is a song by American rock band Blink-182, released on October 2, 2003 as the lead single from the group's self-titled fifth studio album. The lyrics were written by Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge. The "verses" of the song were written by guitarist Tom DeLonge, and the "chorus" and the "bridge" was written by bassist Mark Hoppus. The drums were created by drummer Travis Barker. The lyrics are purely sexual in nature; the band attempted to juxtapose lust and passion between verses and choruses, thematically connected with a wistful, regretful tone. The song's composition contains elements of spoken word in the verses and a Latin-inspired backbeat in the chorus, and the song ends in a melodic, harmonized duet split between DeLonge and Hoppus.
The song's music video, photographed by David LaChapelle, depicts a dystopian correctional establishment that is overtaken by its students. "Feeling This" received critical acclaim and the song climbed to number two on Billboard 's Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 2003. The digital single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005.
"Feeling This" was the first track that came together for Blink-182 in early 2003. The song was written in one day. "I think if I sit there and try to analyze everything, what would be cool here or there, I just feel like I get so far away from what I would do, and I think your gut instinct is usually the best thing," said Barker at the time. The lyrics were written with Hoppus and DeLonge going into separate rooms—Hoppus writing the choruses and DeLonge writing the verses. The two had not spoken to each other about the lyrics ahead of time, and it turned out that the two had both written about sexual intercourse. When put together, the song represents the lustful side of sex during the verses, the passionate side in the bridge and the romantic side in the chorus, creating a juxtaposition between both voices. It has been interpreted as a description for failed romance, one that "illustrates a scenario of lust, ambivalence and regret."
For Barker, the song's drum track was "super in respect to John Bonham. [...] We were kind of messing around with the verse. It’s like, ’Well, I want to do a four-bar drum intro and just see how it works for the song.’ And we never second-guessed it. We were like, ’That sounds rad.’"
A 22-second sample of the song, featuring the chorus, sung primarily by Hoppus.
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"Feeling This" opens with flanged drums. Although computer technology offered it during the album’s production, according to Hoppus, the band opted to produce the effect "the old school way", opting for two tape machines. Originally taking root as a faster-paced drum 'n' bass-inspired track, Barker imitated that genre's groove on open hi-hats. The influence of John Bonham is most explicit in the song's first few seconds, in which Barker performs eighth-note triplets on his bass drum, much like the Led Zeppelin song "Good Times Bad Times" (1969). Following a sample from Captain America (1990) ("Get ready for action!"), the song bursts into a "stabbing guitar rhythm" over the verses, which are "half-barked" and contain a near hip-hop reminiscent delivery. The "harmony-rich" chorus of the song, which contains the refrain "Fate fell short this time, smile fades in the summer / Place your hand in mine, I'll leave when I wanna", is replete with a "syncopated Latin-flavored backbeat." In the chorus, Barker plays a cowbell, which he initially included as a joke, believing Hoppus and DeLonge would "hate it."
The song is particularly memorable for a section of the chorus of the song (right before the bridge begins), in which guitarist Tom DeLonge sings the vocals loudly and off-key. According to the liner notes for Blink-182, DeLonge stated that the recording was done in a 30-foot-long (9.1 m) living room at the home previously mentioned, with microphones 10 to 15 feet (3.0 to 4.6 m) away. The end of the song is a melodic duet between the band's two vocalists, both singing conflicting but harmonizing parts.
The band picked "Feeling This" as the first single because they felt it representative of the transition the band had undergone since fourth studio album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001). A slightly different version of the song had been released previously as part of the soundtrack for the video game Madden NFL 2004 under the erroneous title "Action". Barker explained in an interview that "'Action' just sounded kind of dorky to us. Like we would always call it 'Feeling This' and then someone at our label, I think, like wrote it as 'Action' one time and sent out singles to people. And it was always supposed to be 'Feeling This'." The track peaked high at number 2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, hovering at that position for three weeks.
Reception and live performances
Greg Kot of Entertainment Weekly praised the vocal harmonies, calling them reminiscent of Queen. "Instead of the band’s jittery punk-pop bounce, Barker lays down a fat, syncopated beat that combines elements of John Bonham’s monstrous blast with the funkiness of James Brown’s drummers," said Andy Doerschuk of DRUM! Magazine.
The video follows students at a dystopian-based correctional facility who rebel and take over the establishment, intertwined with shots of the band performing outside the prison in a cage, providing a "soundtrack to the chaos." Hoppus described their idea for the facility: "It's kind of a combination of prep school and reform school, and it's very repressed and kids are being held down. There is a lot of authority and a lot of strict regiment, and the kids lash out and take over the school and destroy the place." The band's main goal for the video was for it to resemble an art piece, much in the same way they viewed the production of the album, to keep in line with tone. To this end, they enlisted director David LaChapelle (known at the time for shooting Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" video). LaChapelle's input—which "ranges from an evil prison warden cracking a whip at marching school kids to escapees ripping their uniforms and doing acrobatic moves down the hallways"—was regarded by the band as "completely wacked out and twisted, which is exactly what we love."
In the narrative, the boys and girls are separated at the school and sexually repressed, and release their energies when they meet between a glass window. The clip was shot at the abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail north of downtown Los Angeles.
Format and track listing
Charts and certifications
- Shooman, Joe (June 24, 2010). Blink-182: The Bands, The Breakdown & The Return. Independent Music Press. ISBN 978-1-906191-10-8.
- Blink-182 (liner notes). Blink-182. US: Geffen. 2003. 000133612.
- Andy Doerschuk (March–April 2004). "How To Play "Feeling This" By Blink-182". DRUM! Magazine.
- 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.
- Corey Moss (October 6, 2003). "Jail Cells, Whips, Sexual Energy – Yup, It’s a Blink-182 Video". MTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
- Jon Wiederhorn (August 11, 2003). "Blink-182 Tone Down Pranks, Get Down to Real ‘Action’ on Next LP". MTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
- "Feeling This". Blink-182 – blink-182 (Guitar Recorded Version). Hal Leonard Corporation. January 2004. ISBN 978-0-634-07406-6.
- "Blink-182 Feeling This – Digital Sheet Music". Music Notes. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- Shooman, 2010. p. 121
- Shooman, 2010. p. 120
- Bobby Gorman (December 10, 2003). "Blink-182 Interview - Travis Barker". ThePunkSite.com. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- "Alternative Songs Chart - "Feeling This"". Billboard. December 13, 2003. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
- Greg Kot (November 21, 2003). "Review: Blink-182". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
- Shooman, 2010. p. 129
- Dutch peak