Enema of the State

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Enema of the State is the third studio album by the American pop punk band Blink-182. It was the first Blink-182 album produced by Jerry Finn, whom the band would collaborate with for their next two albums,[2][3] and was released on June 1, 1999 through MCA Records. The album was the first to feature Travis Barker, who replaced former drummer Scott Raynor. Three singles were released from the album, each highly successful: "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things" and "Adam's Song".

The album received positive reviews from critics and was a major commercial success worldwide, bringing Blink-182 major mainstream success. Enema of the State is often seen as a landmark pop punk album, propelling the genre into the mainstream as well as elevating the band's stature to pop punk icons.[1] Since its release, Enema of the State has sold over 15 million copies worldwide making it Blink-182's highest selling album.[1][4]


Background and recording


After the success of their previous album, Dude Ranch, Blink-182 embarked on multiple worldwide tours during 1997 and 1998. Midway through a U.S. tour in 1998, original drummer Scott Raynor was asked to leave the band. Various conflicting reasons have circulated the Internet for years; a largely popular explanation is that Raynor had a serious drinking problem and was asked to leave. When he agreed to abstaining from alcohol, bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge doubted his sincerity and he was fired from the band through a telephone call. In a 2004 interview, Hoppus described the touring for Dude Ranch as "rough", with DeLonge adding "That was the worst tour ever. At that time, our drummer had a drinking problem. One show he dropped his sticks 10 times. It was so disturbing to see someone ruining himself."[5] Raynor, in a 2004 interview with AbsolutePunk, stated the reason for his departure was his desire to stay in a small non-mainstream band against the increasing popularity Blink-182 was achieving.[6]

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