The Rock Show

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"The Rock Show" is the first single from Blink 182's 2001 album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. It was released in June 2001. The song was the most successful song on Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #14 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by Mark Hoppus after the producer for TOYPAJ told them they needed some "feel-good" songs on their record. Mark went home that night and just wrote "The Rock Show", and Tom wrote "First Date" that same night.[citation needed]

Contents

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

Music video

The video, directed by The Malloys and released in 2001, involves the band taking a check from their production company for $500,000 and making the video themselves. Driving around Los Angeles in their van, the video features the following:

  • distributing money to people around the town (some street workers, placing under window wipers, throwing it off the roof of a record store)
  • giving a homeless man a hair cut and new suit and taking him to a strip club
  • paying for people to shave their heads in Mullan & Bailey Hair Salon
  • purchasing some doves and releasing them
  • paying for a group of strippers to mow a man's lawn, and clean a car
  • purchasing some cars and destroying them (specifically dropping a car from a crane)
  • buying a TV just to destroy it with a baseball bat
  • paying for a plane to carry a banner with the text: "Take off your pants and jacket"
  • giving away skateboarding gear to young skaters, some of which then try to jump over the band's van. Professional skateboarder Jeremy Klein makes a cameo appearance.

Also, as a reference to another rock band, The Foo Fighters, Tom spits in to the camera lens like Dave Grohl in the "Monkey Wrench" music video, but at the end, Mark forces him to wipe it off using a US$100 bill.

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