It’s not a pretty sight when punk bands hit pay dirt. Their loyal fans, already surly and disaffected by nature, tend to react as though somebody ruffled their mohawks. Imagine how miffed they’re going to be when they read this: Blink 182, a raffish San Diego outfit somewhere to the left of Green Day, will make a top-10 debut on this week’s Billboard album chart with “Enema of the State.” It’s bad enough that we’re writing about them in NEWSWEEK.
Fortunately, there’s no trace of sellout in “Enema’s” torrent of tommy-gun melodies and gleefully obnoxious lyrics. Sample: “Nobody likes you when you’re 23/What the hell is ADD?”
—Devin Gordon, “Punks of the Month” in Newsweek, July 1999, in a column called “Good Taste is Timeless.”
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