Enema of the State, Blink-182's third, and most successful studio album was released June 1, 1999, on MCA Records and features the hits "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things" and "Adam's Song", which would later appear on their greatest hits compilation. It was Blink-182's first album recorded with drummer Travis Barker. The album was highly successful; it sold 12 million copies worldwide, making it the band's best selling album. This album is an Enhanced CD which contains a bonus music video and web links.
Porn star Janine Lindemulder
is the nurse depicted on the cover of this album. She is also featured in the music videos for "What's My Age Again?
" and "Man Overboard
". An emblem of the Red Cross
was depicted on the nurse's cap on early pressings of the album cover. Shortly after, the Red Cross demanded that their symbol be removed from the cover as it currently is on all printings. Similarly, early printings of the album were not given Parental Advisory
stickers (neither on the case nor printed on the cover) until shortly after the major success of the record.
The title is a play on the term "Enemy of the State
". The CD of this album contains a hidden second title on the internal spine of the CD inlay, in white on a yellow background is the text "Viking Wizard Eyes, Wizard Full of Lies" - there is some debate as to whether this was an intended name for the album which was abandoned, lyrics from an unfinished/abandoned song or a reference to a poem.
Recording & Gear
An Enema of the State Demo was originally recorded sometime between 1998 and 1999. The band recorded a version of "Mutt" with Scott Raynor
on drums, but the song was re-recorded with Raynor's replacement Travis Barker
While recording Enema Of The State, Mark Hoppus used Fender Jazz Basses, Fender Precision Basses, and Ernie Ball Music Man Bass Guitars. Tom DeLonge used Gibson Les Paul guitars, a Custom Fender Telecaster Junior, and his signature Fender Stratocaster.
All songs written by Mark Hoppus
and Tom DeLonge
- "Dumpweed" * – 2:24
- "Don't Leave Me" ** – 2:24
- "Aliens Exist" * – 3:13
- "Going Away to College" ** – 2:59
- "What's My Age Again?" ** – 2:28
- "Dysentery Gary" *** – 2:45
- "Adam's Song" ** – 4:10
- "All the Small Things" * – 2:48
- "The Party Song" ** – 2:19
- "Mutt" * – 3:23
- "Wendy Clear" ** – 2:50
- "Anthem" * – 3:39
'*' = Lead vocals by Tom DeLonge
'**' = Lead vocals by Mark Hoppus
'***' = Lead vocals by Tom DeLonge, interlude Mark Hoppus
Australian Tour Edition bonus tracks
- "Pathetic" (Live in LA)
- "Untitled" (Live in LA)
- "Josie" (Live in LA)
- "Aliens Exist" (Live in LA)
Australian Tour Edition (bonus disc) : All the Small Things single
- "All the Small Things" (Single Edit)
- "Dumpweed" (Live In London)
- "What's My Age Again?" (Live In London)
- "All the Small Things" (Live In London)
- "Dammit" (Live In London)
Japanese bonus tracks
- "Dumpweed" (Live in London)
- "What's My Age Again?" (Live in London)
- "All the Small Things" (Live in London)
- "Dammit" (Live in London)
- "Mutt" (Live in LA)
- "Aliens Exist" (Live in LA)
- "What's My Age Again?" was released as a single in April 1999, and was Blink-182's second hit.
- "All the Small Things" came out in August 1999, and was Blink-182's first number one.
- "Adam's Song" came out in December 1999 and was their first mature single; it dealt with suicide.
The official music videos made for Enema of the State
were "What's My Age Again?
", "All the Small Things
" and "Adam's Song
" respectively. There have been rumors that there have been videos for "Going Away To College", "Aliens Exist" and "Mutt" among others. The "Going Away To College" music video is actually the introduction to The Urethra Chronicles
and in a recent interview with Mark Hoppus, on the fansite 44Disasters, he stated that a video was never made for "Mutt" or "Aliens Exist".
The Enema of the State Demo
is a collection of demos recorded by the band Blink-182
just after drummer Scott Raynor
left the band and Travis Barker
joined in 1998. This demo had many songs that would later be re-recorded and released on the Enema of the State
Two songs from these demos were not featured on the Enema of the State album:
The demos have only been leaked in lossy MP3 format. There were technical problems while ripping the cassette of the original demo onto MP3, and as a result, the files fluctuate in tempo and key.
"Anthem" – 4:03 "What's My Age Again?" – 2:20 "Dumpweed" – 2:12 "The Party Song" – 2:17 "Dysentery Gary" – 2:42 "Man Overboard" – 3:32
- "Aliens Exist" – 3:16
"Life's So Boring" – 3:23 "Wendy Clear" – 2:56
- Lead vocals: Tom Delonge & Mark Hoppus