|Single by Blink-182|
|from the album Cheshire Cat|
|Released||September 6, 1995|
|Recorded||1994 at Westbeach Recorders, Los Angeles, California|
|Label||Cargo Music / Grilled Cheese|
|Songwriter(s)||Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge|
|Producer(s)||O (Otis Barthoulameu), Blink-182|
|Blink-182 singles chronology|
"M+M's" is a song by American rock band Blink-182, released as a single from the group's debut studio album, Cheshire Cat (1995), on September 6, 1995. Written by guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus, the song became the band's debut single and their first to receive radio airplay. "M+M's" is sung by Hoppus and the lyrics have a reference to masturbation.
The band's label, Cargo Music, gave the band a small budget to film a music video, which was featured on numerous surf video compilations. In the clip, the trio steal items from their girlfriends but are confronted by them later in a gunfight. "M+M's" was later included on the band's Greatest Hits.
"M+M's" originated from rehearsals in DeLonge's garage in the summer of 1994, when the band was preparing to record their debut album. The track was recorded at the famous Westbeach Recorders in Los Angeles shortly after the band secured their label deal with Cargo Music. "M+M's" is based around power chords and Hoppus' lead vocal of a vacation elsewhere. Journalist Joe Shooman described it as "Blink in microcosm," commenting that, "in less than three minutes they nail their sonic colors to the mast."
After Cheshire Cat was completed, producer O contacted his friend Mike Halloran of XETRA-FM (branded on-air as 91X), who was a fan of the band, to determine the album's lead single. "We went over the songs to figure out if there was a track that would stand up to the huge bands of the day: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc.," Halloran wrote in 2000. Between "M+M's" and "Wasting Time", the former won, and began to receive regular rotation. DeLonge first heard the song in his car and rolled down his windows, yelling at passersby to "turn their damn radios on," while Hoppus later likened it to a scene from the film That Thing You Do!. Within two weeks, it was the #1 most requested track on the station, which made Halloran question whether its success was just Blink fans jamming request lines. The radio success of "M+M's" helped bolster their profile locally within San Diego, as evidenced by larger crowds following the airplay. "We sat back and watched as those old shows at SOMA went from the half club to the full club… jam packed with people of all ages," wrote Halloran.
The song is composed in the key of E major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 168 beats per minute. Hoppus' vocal range spans from D#3 to C#4. "M+M's" is based around power chords and Hoppus' lead vocal of a vacation elsewhere. The track exemplifies the band's southern California skate punk sound. Journalist Joe Shooman described it as "Blink in microcosm," commenting that, "in less than three minutes they nail their sonic colors to the mast."
Cargo offered the band a small budget to film a music video, to be shot for under $10,000. Darren Doane, who had previously worked with MxPx and Pennywise, directed the video. In the clip, the trio wake up in the morning beside their girlfriends (played by hired models) and proceed to steal an item from them. They are confronted before a concert later by their significant others, and a gunfight ensues. The band's original vision was a bit different: "I wanted the M+M's video to be fifty guys lined up, and have us shooting at their nuts," said DeLonge in 2001. "Just a whole video of slo-mo close-ups of these guys' nuts exploding." The video was shot at Belmont Park and at SOMA, an all-ages punk and hardcore venue the band often headlined. Ken Duario co-directed the clip.
Filming a video made the band gain confidence, although they had no plans to market the video. The band's new manager, Rick DeVoe, held connections that proved instrumental in tying the group into skate, surf and snowboarding scenes. "M+M's" made its first appearance on Good Times, a surf video directed by DeVoe's friend Taylor Steele. The clip eventually landed on several surf videos and video compilations. An employee of Cargo Music presented the video to MTV, but network executives "threw the tape out at first sight of the girls with guns," remarking, "Why are you showing us this shit?"
In popular culture
Format and track listing
- CD (1995)
- "M+M's" – 2:35
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