The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)

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The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)
Blink-182 - The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) cover.jpg
Live album by Blink-182
Released November 7, 2000
Recorded November 4, 1999 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
November 5, 1999 at Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, California
Genre
Length 61:52
Label MCA
Producer Jerry Finn
Blink-182 chronology
Enema of the State
(1999)Enema of the State1999
The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)
(2000)
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
(2001)Take Off Your Pants and Jacket2001
Singles from The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)
  1. "Man Overboard"
    Released: October 29, 2000

The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) is a live album by the American rock band Blink-182. Produced by Jerry Finn, the album was released on November 7, 2000 through MCA Records. Recorded over two nights at performances in the band's home of California in November 1999, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) features the group performing songs from its first three albums mixed with snippets of off-color stage banter between guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus.

Promoted as a limited edition release, it peaked within the top 10 in the US and several other countries. Critical reception was mainly positive, with many reviewers praising the album's speed and humor. "Man Overboard", a newly recorded studio track, accompanies the release and was issued as its lead single, peaking at number two on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Background and commercial performance[edit]

Background[edit]

The Mark, Tom and Travis Show was recorded on November 4, 1999 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California and November 5, 1999 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on the group's Loserkids Tour.[1] It was the band's first arena tour. "It was amazing, because it was the first time we'd ever done anything that big. I felt like a success story," said guitarist Tom DeLonge.[2] The album was named after the band's mid-2000 worldwide tour, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show Tour. "We played the songs at lightning speed, and the dick jokes were at an all-time high. It was a perfect representation of what we sounded like and who we were at that time," drummer Travis Barker recalled in his memoir Can I Say (2015).[3]

The album's colorful artwork was illustrated by Canadian cartoonist Glen Hanson.[1] It contains several characters illustrated on previous Blink-182 releases, including aliens, a dancing bunny, wizards, and a caricature of pornographic film actress and Enema of the State cover model Janine Lindemulder alongside caricatures of DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus, and drummer Travis Barker.[4] The album also features examples of the band's humorous stage banter between one another, which mostly consists of toilet humor.[5] This includes joke songs, such as "Family Reunion", "Blow Job" and "The Country Song". Following "Man Overboard", the album returns to a live environment with 29 hidden tracks collectively known as Words of Wisdom, which is more between-song dialogue.[6]

"Man Overboard", the only studio track on the album, was initially written and demoed for the group's previous album, Enema of the State. The band entered the studio to record a final version of the song in mid-2000.[7] The live version of "Dumpweed" was also issued as a promotional single to support the album.[8]

Song changes[edit]

  • In "Don't Leave Me", Mark says, "Just like last night" instead of "Just like last time".
  • In "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".
  • In "Going Away to College," Mark sings "But you're so beautiful, Skylee" (from his wife's name Skye Everly), instead of "But you're so beautiful to me." At the end of the song, Mark sings, "But you're so beautiful" which is where the song would end on the studio album, but he adds, "To Travis!"
  • In "What's My Age Again?", Mark changes the words "What's my age again?" to "Where's my Asian friend?" the second time he says it in each chorus, then repeats the changed lyric at the end of the song. Mark changes every "What the hell" to "What the fuck". Then, right before the bridge, he yells "It's the slow pretty part!" Also it's played half step higher the studio recording.
  • In "Voyeur", there are two lyric changes. In the first verse, "The lonely guy I am, I wait for her to change" is changed to "The lonely guy I am, I like to watch her change." In the bridge, "He kicks my ass so much, that filthy white inbred" is changed to "He kicks my ass so much, that fucking white inbred." Also, right before Mark's solo, the band pauses so that he can get ready, confusing the audience, but also giving him and Tom time to crack a couple jokes.
  • Mark changes the words in "Carousel" from "I guess it's just another," to "I had sex with your mother." The second time, he rolls his tongue and screams "Brrr stick 'em!". This way, the lyrics go "I guess it's just another/I guess it's just another/Brrr stick 'em!" This a reference to The Fat Boys song "Human Beat Box"
  • In "The Country Song" Mark makes a reference at the end to South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, by singing "...shut your fucking face, Uncle Fucker!", which is part of the lyrics in the song "Uncle Fucker" in the movie itself.
  • In "Dick Lips" Mark chimes in on the second chorus right before the bridge, repeating the lyrics Tom sings at a slightly higher pitch.
  • "Adam's Song" is played half step lower than the studio recording.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album, designed to satisfy fans between new studio albums,[9] was initially meant to be a strictly limited-edition release.[4] It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 110,000 copies.[10] On January 17, 2001, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[11] The album's song "Man Overboard" peaked at number 2 on the Alternative Songs chart[12] and number 17 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

The Mark, Tom and Travis Show received mixed reviews from critics at the time of its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 56, based on eight reviews, indicating a "mixed or average" response.[14] MacKenzie Wilson of Allmusic dubbed the album "a real rock show [and] high-speed energy at it's finest [...] in the midst of teen pop mediocrity and post-grunge rollickers, it's good to see a band such as blink-182 enjoying its time on top of the world."[15] Alex Pappademas of Spin was appreciative of Hoppus and DeLonge's "smirky, self-deprecating one-liners [that] can't conceal the music's winning wistfulness."[16] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone opined that "DeLonge is one terrific little guitar player, the comic chitchat interludes are a sweet bonus for fans, and Blink-182 steal enough moronic hooks to make The Enema Strikes Back a hoot."[17]

Mike Pace of PopMatters wrote that "the recording sounds bright and full, and while the suits at MCA surely had something to do with that production-wise, one can't fault Tom Delonge for coming into his own as a guitar player, and probably getting more mileage out of the C,G,A,F and G,C,D chord progressions than any band thus far."[18] A reviewer for Melody Maker observed that the album "obeys the First Three Laws of Rock: have a good time; maintain the generation gap; keep it simple."[4] The more negative reviews came from NME, with writer Siobhan Grogan deriding the album as "the tragic sound of three men so desperately trying to avoid growing up."[19] Tom Sinclair, reviewing for Entertainment Weekly, found the collection to be "wholly unwarranted," criticizing the "laughably obvious" marketing strategy of "quickly flood[ing] the market with blink-182 product before their fans outgrow 'em."[20] Retrospective reviews have since become more positive. Consequence of Sound retrospectively reviewed the album in 2008, writing that "If you yourself were not into the band, you know someone who was, and the tour that this recording is from sold out many large venues for a good reason. They knew how to write catchy punk rock with more on stage energy than I have seen to date."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Dumpweed" 2:53
2. "Don't Leave Me" 2:38
3. "Aliens Exist" 3:43
4. "Family Reunion" 0:51
5. "Going Away to College" 3:40
6. "What's My Age Again?" 3:18
7. "Dick Lips" (Hoppus, DeLonge, Scott Raynor; listed as "Rich Lips") 3:35
8. "Blow Job" (listed as "Blew Job") 0:41
9. "Untitled" (Hoppus, DeLonge, Raynor) 3:07
10. "Voyeur" (Hoppus, DeLonge, Raynor) 3:28
11. "Pathetic" (Hoppus, DeLonge, Raynor) 2:51
12. "Adam's Song" 4:35
13. "Peggy Sue" 3:47
14. "Wendy Clear" 4:09
15. "Carousel" 3:38
16. "All the Small Things" 3:35
17. "Mutt" 3:39
18. "The Country Song" 1:00
19. "Dammit" (Hoppus, DeLonge, Raynor) 3:05
20. "Man Overboard" (non-album track) 2:46
Total length: 61:52

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[35] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) (liner notes). blink-182. US: MCA. 2000. 112379. 
  2. ^ Hoppus 2001, p. 98.
  3. ^ Barker and Edwards 2015, p. 378.
  4. ^ a b c Shooman 2010, p. 79.
  5. ^ Hoppus 2001, p. 100.
  6. ^ a b Young, Alex (July 22, 2008). "Guilty Pleasure: Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ Basham, David (August 28, 2000). "Blink-182 Records New Song For Live Album". MTV News. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ Michael Paoletta (Ed.) (November 11, 2000). "Reviews & Previews: Rock Tracks: Blink-182 – "Dumpweed"". Billboard. 112 (46): 31. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ Barker and Edwards 2015, p. 157.
  10. ^ "Blink-182 Opens At No. 1, Sugar Ray Debuts High". Billboard. June 2001. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ "blink-182 - Chart history (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. 
  12. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. 
  13. ^ "Channel Orange Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  14. ^ MacKenzie Wilson. "The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) – Blink-182". Allmusic. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ Alex Pappademas (December 1, 2000). "Reviews: Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show: The Enema Strikes Back (MCA)". Spin. 16 (12): 220. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  16. ^ Rob Sheffield. "Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 9, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ Mike Pace. "Blink-182: The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)". PopMatters. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  18. ^ Siobhan Grogan (November 2, 2000). "NME Reviews: The Mark, Tom and Travis Show: The Enema Strikes Back". NME. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  19. ^ Tom Sinclair (December 11, 2000). "EW Daily Music Review: Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 24, 2001. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  21. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Blink-182 Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  23. ^ "Lescharts.com – Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  24. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  25. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: {{{date}}}" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  26. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Blink-182 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  28. ^ "Blink-182 Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  29. ^ "The Year in Music: 2001 – Top Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. 113 (52): 33. December 29, 2001. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 

Sources[edit]

  • Hoppus, Anne (October 1, 2001). Blink-182: Tales from Beneath Your Mom. MTV Books / Pocket Books. ISBN 0743422074. 
  • Shooman, Joe (June 24, 2010). Blink-182: The Bands, The Breakdown & The Return. Independent Music Press. ISBN 978-1-906191-10-8. 
  • Barker, Travis; Edwards, Gavin (2015). Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums. William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-062-31942-5. 

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