After my ipod transmitter died on me today, I switched on the radio and was surprised to hear this playing. Blink-182 was my favorite band growing up and I still get excited when I hear their songs play. I'd still wear my Hurley shirts if the fist-pumping guidos didn't ruin them.
I remember when this video used to come on "thebox" way back when. It was a 24/7 music video station and people could call in to request videos for a small fee. Seems pretty sweet right? Well when that damn "Who let the dogs out!?" song first came out that station was saturated with that garbage for months.
There's also a reference to Nirvana's Come As You Are.
"I took my time, I hurried up, The choice was mine, I didn't think enough."
While Nirvana's lyrics are "Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don't be late." I prefer Mark's vocals compared to Tom's. They just seem warmer and more inviting.
I've always loved this song because it was so different from their usual stuff which I was all about just being silly and having a good time. These lyrics really hit home with me at that particular point in my life. Just starting to drive, getting my first job, thinking seriously about college for the first time, teaching myself the guitar, developing a deeper appreciation for music, relationships, depression, and passing the time in my room alone. I really felt invincible back then as my mom likes to put it "wearing my youth as a shield". Sixteen did hold such better days.