18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2000
I went to the blink-182 concert this summer at the Gorge in George, WA. It was so rad, when I heard that blink was putting out a live alblum...oooh man. I new it would own. So i went and bought it the day it came out, and I wasn't dissapointed. A lot of bands sound really bad in concert, but in a few cases, blink actually sounds better live. "Going Away To College", "Aliens Exist", "Voyeur", "Carousel", "What's My Age Again?" and "Pathetic" almost sound better live than they did in there original alblum versions. "The Mark, Tom and Travis Show" is non-stop entertainment from begining to end. You get a perfect blend of music and potty humor in just over an hour and ten minutes. The only dissapointment would be the ommision of "Josie" and "M+Ms", two of blink's finest efforts. However, the absence of these songs is made up for by an outstanding live version of "Dammit" and the great new studio track "Man Overboard", plus seven minutes of Mark & Tom talkin smack to each other. This is one cd that'll stay in my system for months to come. Get it now before it's too late.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2001
Wow. This is such a great cd. Blink sounds great live (actually better live than in concert for some songs), and all the hits are here. Check that, Josie and Wasting Time, Two of the best Blink songs ever, are not. But the others come through in fine style. Especially notable is Dammit, Aliens Exist, All The Small Things, and Going Away to College. The Jokes in between the songs are funny, and add a Blink-like atmosphere that really sets the mood for the whole performance. Like a couple of immature teenagers, Mark Hoppus (bass), and Tom DeLonge (guitar) freely blurt out any obscene, gross, perverted, and insanely funny thing that comes to mind. Overall, the experience is very good.
Now, for the songs. The best songs, in terms of how well they were performed, are as follows: 1.Going Away to College 2.Dammit 3.Aliens Exist 4.All The Small Things 5.Adam's Song 6.Carousel. All the songs are well performed, but those six especially stand out. If you only recently heard of Blink, and only own Enema of the State, you will not be disappointed with their other efforts. I strongly suggest buying both Cheshire Cat, and Dude Ranch. As I said before, the only regretable omissions are Josie (one of my personal favorites) and Wasting Time (another one of their best). Also, Man Overboard is an excellent song that is well worth the time on the cd, even though it's not a live recording.
I feel I must mention one other thing before I end this review. There are still a few poor, misguided souls out there that doubt the musical talent of Mark, Tom, And Travis. Mark while an adequate bassist, really shines in the vocal department. He is always on key, and has a distinct tone quality to his voice that is unmistakable. Tom, is quite simply one of the best Guitarists in music today. Listen to M&M's on Cheshire Cat, and What's my Age Again on this cd. They are both incredibly difficult songs to play. Tom recorded M&M's when he was 19. One cannot doubt his musical ability. His singing also adds much to the bands songs, and it almost seems like some of the songs were tailor made just for him to sing. It all fits together nicely. Travis is THE best drummer in modern music (well, rock drummer anyway). It's hard to pick out a specific instance of greatness, simply because there are so many. Do yourself a favor and go to ... and listen to an interview with the band. That should give you some tiny idea of how into music Travis is. Overall, even if you don't like Blink's music, one must accept that they are very talented, and good at what they do. ...
The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show kicks on so many different levels. Buy it imedialtely. You won't be disappointed.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2000
Wow. This is a fabulous CD. Right off the bat, you realize what you have- a CD that totally embodies what the band Blink 182 is all about, that being girls, potty humor, and punk rock. The boys do great live versions of some of their best hits, "Dammit," "All the Small Things," and "Dumpweed" standing out, though I was disappointed that their early hit "Girl Next Door" wasn't included. That aside, they did a great job on this CD. They sound great live, and aren't one of those bands that needs numerous studio tricks in order for you to like them. Mark's bass solos are great, and make the songs that much more of unpredictable and fun ride. Tom's recognizable lead guitar chords jump out at you, and as you hear them a smile comes on your face knowing what the song is. Travis's drumming is as phenomal as ever, never missing a beat and rocking hard. These three big kids mixed together have a style that is impossible to resist. They blend their love for girls, bathroom jokes, and their token punk rock in one desirable package. A real treat on the CD is their latest single "Man Overboard." Totally Blink's style, it has all the guys at their best, with catchy lyrics, plenty of times for each one of them to shine, and an overall tone that's impossible to resist. Another aspect of the CD fans will love are the last minutes of the CD, devoted entirely to commentary made by Mark, Tom, and Travis at their live shows. It includes outrageous dares, hysterical dips into their pasts, and even a visit from Satan. Simply put, if you love Blink 182, this CD is a must-have. You will laugh, sing along, and when it comes to "Adam's Song" maybe even cry on the wild trip with the guys of Blink. So get this CD. It's worth the money, and you'll love it guaranteed.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2000
For those of you that like Blink 182's punk-turned-pop album, Enema Of The State, you'll appreciate some of the songs that they play in this album, such as "All The Small Things" or "What's My Age Again?"But this album also contains some old Blink 182 favorites such as "Dammit" or "Carousel" that will keep the punk fans satisfied. Mark, Tom, and Travis play great, with few mess-ups and very high quality sound. The jokes in between songs and the ones in the last 28 tracks are hilarious, but inapproprate, which is probably the reason it got the parental advisory label, but hey, they aren't too bad, and most 12 year olds could hear em. This album has 49 tracks, the first 19 being a whole show with entertaining commentary in between, 20 is "Man Overboard," their awesome new single. 21-49 are just the guys jokin around at various concerts. This CD is great, only a few problems being:1.It gets a little boring hearing it over and over, especially the jokes, and 2.Travis doesn't talk at all. C'mon, Travis, don't just bang on those drums! Other than those facts, this CD rules, and is a must-have for any Blink 182 fan.Buy it NOW!!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Given the music releases I have reviewed, it seems unlikely that I would consider reviewing a group like Blink 182, but hey, they form yet another part of my variegated musical diet, and I have to admit that their ferociously foul-mouthed toilet humor reached its long arm and grabbed me.
The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show brings to light proof that the boys put on one heck of a live show. Much of the material comes from Enema Of The State, nine of twelve songs to be exact. The other ten songs are selections from Cheshire Cat ("Peggy Sue"), Dude Ranch ("Voyeur", "Untitled"), and Buddha, or songs that are exclusive to this album.
Apart from their trademark punk rock, there's the constant verbal repartee between Mark and Tom, with the latter getting the lion's share of putdowns. Examples: Mark's inclusion of "Tom has sex with guys" after "Aliens Exist"'s the closing line, "twelve majestic lies." Mark's comparing Tom DeLonge to Tom Cruise in Born On The 4th Of July, where he's "handicapped, retarded, and stupid, and nobody likes him, and he s**ts all over himself." Tom's dialogue on the #1 cause of bad breath. On "Voyeur," prior to doing the bass solo, Mark demands oral sex and oxygen to the stage, with Tom adding, "and maybe some of those male chromosomes."
The song "Family Reunion," not available on any Blink album, but only on a punk compilation, is finally available here. The song clocks in at barely half a minute and the lyrics? Well, why not call it Blink 182's list of words that can't be said on TV, a lá George Carlin's list in the 1970's?
The animated album cover is another treat. Apart from Blink, there's Janine, the model from Enema, six-armed, mono-ocular, green aliens, a wizard, a man in a banana suit, a blonde with the words "Blink Me" tattooed on her breasts, and more--it's a party in full swing. This may become an album cover classic in time.
After "Man Overboard," there are twenty-nine tracks composed of even more Mark-Tom dialogues, including more putdowns, profanities, and crude jokes.
Whether you like this CD depends on whether you like this music or can stand Tom DeLonge's whiny voice, well apparent in the songs and dialogue. I can handle it, because they put on one heck of a show.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2004
I loved blink 182 ever since Dude Ranch and this cd has great tracks from enema, dude ranch and chesire cat. they are an amazing live band.they are also very funny. here is my review.
1. Dumpweed: 10/10-Great guitar parts
2. Dont leave me 8/10-its really catchy
3. Aliens exist 10/10- great song with great guitar parts
4. Family reuion 7/10- dont let your mom hear this one
5. Going Away to College 10/10 Amazing song
6. Whats my age again? 8/10- sounds better live. too popular
7. Rich Lips 10/10- sounds better live
8. blew job 5/10- kinda stupid and not that funny
9. Untitled 9/10- really addictive
10. Voyour 10/10- amazing song. funny
11. Pathetic 10/10- i love this song
12. Adams Song 9/10- Blinks saddest, most emotional song.
13. Peggy Sue 9/10- its a classic. better live.
14. Wendy clear 8/10- cool song
15. Carousel 10/10- there second best song ever
16. All The Small Things 7/10- OVERPLAYED
17. Mutt 8/10- from american pie
18. The country song 6/10- odd
19. DAMMIT 20/10- THERE BEST SONG EVER. IT IS AMAZING
20. Man Overboard 9/10- it is about scott raynor(there former drummer)
21-49 are Mark and Tom talking. it is very funny.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2005
Such good fun and humour. Tom and Mark are so funny and first time listening to it really made me laugh. Also the songs on it are awesome from their best album enema of the state.
you have not lived until you have listened to it
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2000
Youve gotta check out this album. The songs and commentary are hillarious. Song #21 is accualy a live talk thing that is SOOOO funny. Dont buy enema, buy this one! enema has good songs but this album has the best songs from enema in live performences and other great songs! I also have something to say, if you pop out the back of the BLACK thing that hold the CD in, there is a picture or them. I reccomend you take a see threw one and change it. I know i did. It's a great CD so GO OUT A BUY IT!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2000
The new cd "The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show" will keep their fans cracking up and singing along with their favorite songs, new and old. Although some may find a few of their lyrics offensive and maybe even a bit disturbing, the hardcore fans of Blink will cherish this cd for along time as one of their favorites, I know I will. With songs ranging from back to the early 90's with their cds "Buddha" and "Cheshire Cat" all the way up to their newest cd "Enema of the State". "The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show" gives you the best of what Blink has to offer and a lot more with outrage humor and while busting out insane lyrics. This is definitely number one on my charts. Buy it, listen to it, love it. It's a great cd in all respects to the die-hard Blink fan.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2005
im a casual fan of blink 182 so nobody yell at me for saying somthing wrong about the band. anyway this is a phenomanal cd. The songs live sound a lot better than in the studio because there given a edgy and quicker feeling and of corse theirs the audiance interaction. this is a great cd but really hard to find(i had to get it from a friend because i couldnt find it anywere else) but if u keep searching ull find someone with it