Man Overboard (Blink-182 song)

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"Man Overboard"
Single by Blink-182
from the album The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!)
Released October 2, 2000
Format CD
Recorded July 2000 at Signature Sound, San Diego, California
Genre Pop punk, skate punk
Length 2:48
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge[1]
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Adam's Song"
"Man Overboard"
"The Rock Show"

"Man Overboard" is a song by the American rock band Blink-182 released on October 2, 2000 as the lead single from the band's live album, The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) (2000). "Man Overboard" is the sole studio recording on the release and was originally written during sessions for the band's third album, Enema of the State. Although never officially confirmed by the band, the song is generally considered to be about the firing of their original drummer Scott Raynor for alcohol abuse.

"Man Overboard" peaked at number 2 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and also charted within the top 20 in Canada. The song was later included on the band's compilation album Greatest Hits.


Blink-182 toured relentlessly in support of their second studio album Dude Ranch (1997), including all dates on Vans Warped Tour 1997, SnoCore 98, and various other short tours. Desperate for a break, the overworked band began to argue and tensions formed.[2] Drummer Scott Raynor, who was at the center of this drama, had been commenting of his desire to attend college for years, and had been taking homework out with him on tour to try and complete his high school diploma.[3][4] The tension came to a head in February 1998 as the band embarked on SnoCore 98, described as "a winter version of the Warped Tour." Sharing the stage with Primus, the band was enjoying more success than ever before, but the drama between the musicians had grown substantially.[5] The band reached a low point when the band engaged in a fight on a Nebraska date after SnoCore's conclusion.[6] Shortly after the conclusion of SnoCore was a short minitour along the western coast, most notably Southern California, the band's favorite place to play. The tour ended with the band headlining a sold-out show at the Palladium in Hollywood, California, where the band had dreamed of performing at for years.[7]

Raynor suffered a "tragic loss" during the West Coast mintour and flew home, forcing the band to find a fill-in drummer: Travis Barker of the ska punk support band The Aquabats.[8] Barker learned the drum tracks for the band's set in only 45 minutes prior to his first show.[9][10] Raynor returned for the band's Hollywood Palladium performance, and the band became increasingly uneasy and arguments grew worse.[10] To offset personal issues, Raynor began to drink heavily and it began to affect the band's performances.[11] Following a largely successful Australian tour in the spring, Hoppus and DeLonge presented an ultimatum: quit drinking or go to an in-patient rehab. Raynor agreed to both and informed the band of his decision after taking the weekend to mull options.[11] According to Raynor, he was fired through a phone call despite his agreement to rehab.[12] Despite this, he felt no malice toward his former bandmates and conceded they were "right" to fire him.[11]

The band would minimize the impact of the situation in future interviews and remained vague regarding his departure.[11] The lyrics of "Man Overboard" are unequivocally about a breakup, and many longtime fans of the band immediately took the lyrics as a metaphor for Raynor's firing. In the song, Hoppus repeats the refrain "So sorry it’s over," and goes on to highlight occasions in which a friend was too intoxicated to be dependable.[13] "Man Overboard" was originally demoed during sessions for the band's third album, Enema of the State (1999), but was recorded following the conclusion of the band's The Mark, Tom and Travis Show Tour.[14]

Release, promotion and commercial performance[edit]

"Man Overboard" was first released as streaming audio on, and the band's official website on September 2, 2000, while the song was serviced to radio on September 18.[15]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video is a mashup parody of all three videos from the Enema of the State album, with the band members replaced with lookalike midgets. The parodies serve as dream sequences to the band members, who are all asleep in the van. Mark's dream sequence is a parody of the video for "What's My Age Again?", where he disguises as the banana man and the little girl with the magnifying glass and running away when he sees them. Tom's dream sequence is a parody of the video for "Adam's Song", where it shows the midgets in place of the regular band members playing the instruments and it shows a quick slideshow of Tom talking through a payphone and looking at a magazine a the same time and runs away when he sees the midgets walking out of a convenience store. Travis' dream sequence is a parody of the video for "All the Small Things", where it shows him getting sunscreen put on by three ladies on a beach. The three midgets run past Travis and the ladies. The midget lookalike of Mark shows him getting a wedgie by the regular Mark's jack Russell. The video ends with the three band members coming face-to-face with the midgets, who give them a fright. The band members climb back into the van and the van drives away.


Consequence of Sound, in a 2015 top 10 of the band's best songs, ranked it as number three, commenting, "Such straight-faced commentary on friendship was fairly uncharted territory for Blink at the time, and that "Man Overboard" transcends the band’s relationship with Raynor speaks to the strength of the songwriting. It’s also one of the finest displays of one of Blink's more indelible musical touches: Hoppus' bass."[16]

Format and track listing[edit]

US promo CD (2000)
  1. "Man Overboard" (Radio Edit) – 2:48
  2. "Man Overboard" (Album Version) – 2:48
European promo CD (2000)
  1. "Man Overboard" (Radio Edit) – 2:48
Mexican promo CD (2000)
  1. "Man Overboard" (Radio Edit) – 2:48
Australian CD (2000)
  1. "Man Overboard" (Album Version) – 2:50
  2. "13 Miles" (Live) – 2:11
  3. "Words of Wisdom" (Teaser Version) – 3:01

Live tracks were recorded at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, on November 4, 1999.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[17] 40
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[18] 19
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 49
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[20] 17
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[21] 2



  1. ^ a b Man Overboard - Single (liner notes). Blink-182. Australia: MCA Records. 2000. 155 786-2. 
  2. ^ Hoppus, 2001. p. 81
  3. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 50
  4. ^ Walker, Morgan (November 6, 1996). "Blink-182". Thrasher. High Speed Productions. p. 88. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hoppus, 2001. p. 83
  6. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 47
  7. ^ Hoppus, 2001. p. 84
  8. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 51
  9. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 52
  10. ^ a b Hoppus, 2001. p. 85
  11. ^ a b c d Shooman, 2010. p. 56
  12. ^ Tate, Jason (Apr 16, 2004). "Scott Raynor (ex-Blink182) - 04.16.04". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 80
  14. ^ Basham, David (August 28, 2000). "Blink-182 Records New Song For Live Album". MTV News. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Mancini, Robert (August 30, 2000). "Blink-182 To Debut New Track Online". MTV. 
  16. ^ Dan Caffrey, Collin Brennan, & Randall Colburn (February 9, 2015). "Blink-182’s Top 10 Songs". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  17. ^ RPM (November 6, 2000). "RPM Alternative 30 Chart - Rock/Alternative - Volume 71, No. 26, November 06 2000" (PDF). (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada). OCLC 352936026. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 

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