DeLonge and blink-182's other lyricist - bassist Mark Hoppus - take a different approach lyrically. "Mark tends to write very matter-of-fact, DeLonge explained to Alternative Addiction. "He's really good about singing real things going on in the room around you. I approach it differently. We have a song called 'Ghost on the Dance Floor' that to me was a throwback to when I was a kid. I listened to these really cool Oingo Boingo and Depeche Mode songs from the '80s where there are dark and poetic approaches to love. On that song for example, it's about being somewhere and hearing a song that reminds you of somebody that's passed on. To me, that's a kid loving 'Dead Man's Party
' by Oingo Boingo, but it's just not as poppy. It's very '80s. It's a clever way of remembering somebody that you care about. I approach things like alternative '80s bands, that's kind of ingrained in me."