Music: Jock Rock

Blink-182 makes punk that's snotty, fast--and safe

In 1990, when the members of the San Diego pop-punk trio Blink-182 were teens, punk rock was composed by outcasts for outcasts--it was music about being abnormal. The title of a song by English punks UK Subs said it all: You Don't Belong.

The overall message of Blink-182's new CD, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (MCA), can be summed up as "You belong." This is a form of punk that tries to speak to jocks as strongly as it speaks to weirdos. The simplicity, profanity and high velocity associated with punk rock are all in place, but the subject matter...

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