Album: California (2016)
  • The opening track of California, this was the second-to-last song written for the project. The album was recorded at Foxy Studios in early 2016 with producer John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, 5 Days of Summer). He was the group's first new producer since longtime collaborator Jerry Finn. California was also the first album by the band to feature vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba, who replaced former member Tom DeLonge.
  • Feldmann explained the background to the song to Fuse TV: "Mark [Hoppus] had this idea of what people may or may not think about a new version of Blink, with a new member, making a record with a producer - they haven't made a record with a producer in eight or nine years - the idea of thinking the world is in a cynical place in general. He came up with this really cool concept and [Alkaline Trio's Matt] Skiba had the outro, half-time melody in his head and it worked perfectly. We're starting the album out with 'This is who we are, this is what we're doing.'"
  • Drummer Travis Barker insisted that he did his part in one take. Take 3 is the version that made the record, despite the fact he thought he'd messed up in the beginning. Mark Hoppus told NME: "Travis is doing this huge drum roll, messes up and screams 'AARGH!' In frustration: We kept that in."
  • Fun fact: The original Cynics were members of a school of ancient Greek philosophers. They were contemptuous of wealth, luxury and pleasure, believing that such things distracted from a quest for self-knowledge. Instead they advocated the pursuit of virtue in accordance with a simple and idealistic way of life.


Be the first to comment...

Barry Dean ("Pontoon," "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools")Songwriter Interviews

A top country songwriter, Barry talks about writing hits for Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.

Thomas DolbySongwriter Interviews

He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.

Bill Medley of The Righteous BrothersSongwriter Interviews

Medley looks back on "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - his huge hits from the '60s that were later revived in movies.

Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews

Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.

Songs in Famous Movie Scenes: '80s EditionMusic Quiz

You know the scenes - Tom Cruise in his own pants-off dance off, Molly Ringwald celebrating her birthday - but do you remember what song is playing?