Blink 182's Mark Hoppus answered a bunch of fan-submitted questions as part of Reddit's AMA (Ask Me Anything) feature. The full page is rather unwieldy due to Reddit's old-school conversation thread design. There's an image table halfway down the page, but I've collected some of the more interesting bits for you here:
Q: Is it harder to relate to the adolescent lyrics of the earlier songs now? I mean, you've been a dad for ten years now.
A: no. when i sing dammit, a song written more than 15 years ago, i remember the exact day i wrote it, what i was going through, what it meant to me.
Q: What was the first song you guys, as blink-182, wrote and thought "we sound pretty good; we could make something out of this"?
A: carousel. we wrote it the very first time i met tom. i showed him a bassline i'd been working on, and it fit perfectly with a guitar part he'd been working on. we'd only known each other for less than an hour and the song was fairly formed even then. it was weird.
Q: How did the blink side project "Box Car Racer" make you feel?
A: weird, betrayed, jealous. probably more than i should have.
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