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Hope you enjoy it this time: Blink-182’s ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ turns 20

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Proving once again that time comes for us all, Blink-182‘s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is now two decades old.

The trio’s fourth studio album was released June 12, 2001, 20 years ago this Saturday. Following Blink’s massively successful 1999 breakout effort Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, a career first for the band.

While it didn’t quite reach the towering commercial achievements of its predecessor, Take Off Your Pants would go on to be RIAA-certified double Platinum, and spawned the hit singles “The Rock Show,” “First Date” and “Stay Together for the Kids.”

The album’s title, of course, reinforced Blink’s reputation for juvenile humor, also seen in the future meme-inspiring “First Date” video. Beyond that, though, Take Off Your Pants produced one of Blink’s most sensitive songs in “Stay Together for the Kids,” an achingly sincere track about divorce.

Besides, apparently Take Off Your Pants pun wasn’t that obvious — drummer Travis Barker revealed last summer that rapper-turned-rocker Machine Gun Kelly had “just figured out” what the title meant.

Blink followed Take Off Your Pants with their 2003 self-titled album before going on hiatus in 2005. They later reunited in 2009 and released one album, 2011’s Neighborhoods, before vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge left Blink in 2015. DeLonge has since made headlines for his work in the field of UFO research.

Meanwhile, Barker and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus have continued Blink with Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge. The newly constructed lineup has released two albums, 2016’s California and 2019’s Nine.

(“First Date” video contains uncensored profanity.)

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