For some reason over twelve Blink-182 tribute albums have been released since the early 00’s, and for some reason I’ve decided to organize and rank them. Here we go….
One Band Per Tribute
4. Rock Show & Adam’s Song (A Tribute to Blink-182) — Ameritz (2012, 2013)
Well, somebody messed up somewhere between recording these songs and releasing them to the public. While the track list clearly states that “Adam’s Song” is track 1, you’ll be surprised to hear that the song being covered is actually “Wendy Clear”. Ameritz could have stopped there, but what’s the fun in screwing up once when you can fudge up twice on the same EP. The track labeled as “Rock Show” is in fact a cover of one of Blink’s earliest songs “Point of View”. These misprints are either two of the biggest mistakes of the decade, or (since the errored tracks happen to be in the very title of the EPs themselves) two of the most unrecognized and premeditated jokes in pop-punk of the last decade.
3. Tribute to Blink-182 — Audio Idols (2012) [I Miss You/Not Now]
While I’m about 50% certain that Ameritz mislabeled some tracks on their Tribute releases, I’m 101% sure that Audio Idols didn’t intend on tragically mislabeling their cover of “Not Now” as “I Miss You”. This catastrophic error would’ve placed them at #4 in the rankings, but I have to admit: their covers, however incorrectly mislabeled, sound a good bit more listenable than the actual #4 spot.
2. a tribute to blink-182 — The Unites States of Punk (2001)
The United States of Punk released the first official tribute album I could find, sometime shortly after Blink’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket hit the shelves in June of that year. I’m going to go ahead and fake-present The U.S. of Punk with the Most Accurate Renditions award for their impeccably spot-on covers. Now these aren’t the most innovative or creative covers of Blink songs you’ll ever hear, but you’ll be sure to second guess if it’s actually Tom, Mark, and Travis recording in the background more than a few times throughout the album.
1. Grass Stains: A Bluegrass Tribute to Blink-182 — Honey Wagon (2003)
Complete with banjo, foot-stompin’ stand-up bass lines, and group vocals yelping “yee-haw!” just before some twangy acoustic solo, I’m fake-awarding Honey Wagon’s tribute album with the Most Successfully Transformed Across Genre award. Whether you’re into drinking from a mason jar or not, be sure to check out Honey Wagon’s version of “Dumpweed” which translates scarily well into a lil’ bluegrass ditty.
4. Piano Tribute to Blink-182 — Piano Tribute Players(2011)
If you love Blink-182, you’ll love two things about this album: you’ll love not listening to it, and that’s about it. I lied.
3. Vitamin String Quartet Performs Blink-182 — Vitamin String Quartet (2012)
Vitamin String Quartet could’ve wowed an audience of fancy, fur coat wearing socialites at the New York Philharmonic, but they chose to transpose pop-punk songs about adolescent love and sex. For that, you deserve an applause. Or not. It was alright.
2. Yoga Tribute to Blink-182 — Yoga Pop Ups (2013)
This tribute album wins the Most Simplified Renditions award because anyone who can somehow turn “Anthem Part II” into a melody worth meditating to ought to win something—even if it’s a fake award given out by a worn out college idiot over the internet (sorry about that).
1. Acoustic Tribute to Blink-182 — Guitar Tribute Players (2013)
This tribute album isn’t simply some guy sitting down covering Tom’s elementary pop-punk guitar parts, but an arrangement of classically orchestrated articulations and strumming that forms Blink-182 song structures in a whole new way.
Various Artists Tributes
4. A Party Tribute to Blink-182 (2005)
Here you go, take this fake Most Unoriginal Regurgitations award. I’m sorry, but it’s all I have to give.
3. Pacific Ridge Records Presents a Tribute to Blink-182 Vol. 2 (2007)
Pacific Ridge Records’ second released Blink tribute album was met with relatively positive reactions from Blink fans, but for a lot of tracks start to become a bit predictable. After a while into the album most bands seem to be simply taking the original Blink tracks, slowing them down a few clicks, and adding an acoustic guitar/keys to turn Blink’s most popular tracks into pop-rock ballads. It’s unfortunate, but renditions of “Dammit,” “Pathetic,” “Stay Together For The Kids,” and “Apple Shampoo” fall victim to this predictable formula.
2. A Tribute to Blink-182: Pacific Ridge Records Heroes of Pop-Punk Vol. 1 (2005)
While still keeping the covered versions true to the genre of the original tracks, these bands aren’t altering their own voices to match that of Tom’s winy pitch or Mark’s distinctive tone. So, while these “heroes of pop-punk” never venture outside of that Blink-era pop-punk style from the early 00’s, I’m still fake-awarding them as the Runners Up for keeping true to their own unique pop-punk styles, even if they fail to think outside of the hypothetical Blink-182 box. Some stand-out tracks include “A New Hope” by Straight Outta’ Junior High, “Adam’s Song” by LastPageFirst, and my personal favorite “Time To Break Up” by a young All Time Low.
1. I Guess This Is Growing Up Vol. 1 (2014)
Best of Show goes to the recently released Blink-182 tribute from a U.K. indie label aptly named Enjoyment Records. While most of Blink’s fans graduated from high school and moved on to prog-rock, crout-hop, or (God forbid) nu-emo-metal-blitz-pop, these covers are sure to tickle the fancy of Blink fans from all walks of life and era now matter how their tastes have changed. Each track tackles its own take on Blink classics like the hardcore-punk version of “Dammit” or the modern-day pop-punk version of “Man Overboard” complete with catchy re-envisioned harmonies. An scene-favorite seems to be Dads’ take on “Adam’s Song” and I won’t argue either, but the stand-out track on this EP has got to be Invalid’s high-energy cover of the older Blink-182 track “Lemmings” complete with noodley guitars, mind-boggling drum patterns, and a math-y bass guitar that will have your jaw dropping before the first verse. The best part: this is only volume 1. If the first installment of this series is any indication to the future of this collection of Blink tributes, I’m confident that volumes 2 through 2,000 will be surely deliver.
Drew Bankert is spent an unhealthy amount of time listening to Blink-182 covers, but the number of years he’s spent listening to the originals is likely a more troubling fact. You can follow him here – Facebook, or send him a message at – firstname.lastname@example.org
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