Take Off Your Pants and Jacket

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Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is the fourth studio album by the American pop punk band Blink-182. Produced by Jerry Finn, the album was released on June 12, 2001 through MCA Records. Blink-182, after the massive commercial success of their previous album, Enema of the State, entered the studio in late 2000 to record a follow-up to Enema. The title is a tongue-in-cheek pun on male masturbation ("take off your pants and jack it").

The album was a huge success, debuting at #1 and selling more than 350,000 copies in its first week on the Billboard 200, becoming the band's only album to do so. It is Blink-182's second best selling album. The album has sold 4.5 million records worldwide, while going double platinum in the United States. The album contains the hit singles "The Rock Show", "Stay Together for the Kids", and "First Date" while "Anthem Part Two" also received radio airplay. The singles (with the exception of "Anthem Part Two") later appeared on Blink 182's Greatest Hits album.

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Background and recording

Recording

Following the widespread commercial success of the band's third studio album, Enema of the State, and the subsequent touring to support the album, the band spent three weeks writing new songs at their practice space in San Diego and recorded them over a period of three months at Signature Sounds Recordings studios with producer Jerry Finn.[1] The album was written and recorded in the same manner as Enema, albeit less "polished" (according to bassist Mark Hoppus). Influenced by bands such as Fugazi and Refused during the recording sessions, the band had a desire to make the album much heavier.[2]

Upon release in 2001, vocalist and bassist Mark Hoppus stated:

Cover and title

The album’s title was envisioned by the band's guitar technician at the time. Original titles for the album included If You See Kay (a pun on the word "fuck") and Genital Ben, accompanied by a bear on the cover of the album.[2] The album’s cover features three separate circles, the first one representing the red "take off" plane, the yellow pants, and the green jacket.

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