The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!), showed up in the 'dollar bins of joy,' and I was overjoyed. Yes, I have a weak spot for those foul mouthed bandits from Blink 182. Back in my hometown (McHenry), Blink was a staple at house parties. I spent many a night drinking Busch Lite and Little Kings while Enema Of The State boomed in the background. I never wanted to fork out the cash for this release, so when I saw it calling to me from the depths of despair, I quickly rescued this box of fun!
The live versions of these Blink classics are nostalgic, and bring back a ton of memories. Some good and some bad. It's also cool to hear how they change up the songs, especially the lyrics. In typical Blink fashion, during "Aliens Exist," Tom changes the lines, "I got an injection/of fear from the abduction/my best friend thinks I'm just telling lies" to, "I got an injection/of love from the erection/my best friend thinks I'm just humping guys." When Tom sings the last line, "I'm not like you guys, twelve majestic lies," Mark chimes in afterward, singing "Tom has sex with guys."
Fun stuff; makes you smile and want to drink cheap beer with your friends! Remember those days? When the only worry was "Where are we getting beer from?" or "How are we getting home?" Yes, those were the days, and this find delivered the perfect dose of that glory.
"Man Overboard" is the only studio track on the album, initially recorded during the sessions for Enema of the State, which peaked at #2 on U.S. Modern Rock Tracks. The album saw a limited release, and in recent years the album has become increasingly rare due to its lack of availability. The album received mixed reviews from professional critics.
Cool to know that this piece of nostalgia holds some value as well. You never know what you are going to find if you look hard enough. I don't pick up pennies, but I love me some dollar CD's!